Must find energy

After being stood up on the train to Manchester, exhibiting on foot all day, missing train, waiting for next one an hour later stood up, stood up on 7pm train to Horwich, having to power walk from Middlebrook to home…. one could forgive me for skipping Insanity tonight with my back……… NEVER!!!!! WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER!!!!!

Week 4 Insanity & Aidy is fast!

On week 4 of Insanity… I think I’m feeling fitter although I still can’t do some workouts without stopping as my huge leg muscles let me down. I’ll get there!

I’m eating so much food now and much more awake in the day but my weight remains the same which is incredible. I was exhausted on Friday for my Insanity workout so I took one of my energy gels – couldn’t feel any effects but I did complete the workout so it must have helped?

Aidy is a beast – the last time I spoke to him about running he was doing 2/3 mile runs and I thought ah OK he’ll have to keep pushing until he starts running regular 10Ks…. until I saw him post this time and pace!!! 10K in around 45 mins.. I can’t do that… well I couldn’t before I started Insanity and started getting fit but still doubt I could run an average 7.5 min/mile for 45 mins. I’ll just tie myself to him during the Coast to Coast.


The gear has arrived!!


My energy supplements have arrived Yay! Could of done with these before my swim. Did 113 lengths before I was asked to leave…. Haha don’t worry I wasn’t bashing through kids again. There wasn’t enough staff to keep the pool open?!?! Blooming Horwich Leisure Centre!!!! Was aiming for 130 but never mind. Insanity later but it’s just stretching.

Back to fitness ways I think… just

So last night I caned the Insanity 45 min Pure Cardio session without stopping and THEN did the Insane Abs 40 min workout right afterwards. Really happy although felt my muscles a bit achy from my cold and a bit sniffly still today but still very chuffed.

I’ve got lots of nice things to eat today which I prepared yesterday. Before Insanity last night I prepared 5 meals, 1 for tea last night (baked cod… oh delish!) and 4 for today…


I love my thick pink gloop I get in the mornings. Porridge oats, fresh berries, raisins, nuts, protein powder, milk.


My elevenses shake (berries, milk, protein powder, banana, peanut butter) is always good, although I wasn’t sure why it was brown instead of it’s normal pink…. should I be worried? :O


For din dins I had prawn cocktail on bread with veg….


For my 4 o’clock I had 1 slice crammed with peanut butter and jam and a full tub of cottage cheese.

Then for 8pm tea I had baked cod covered in breadcrumbs with steamed veg (and a bit of naughty tartar sauce… YUM!!!

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Before my tea I had a 2 mile swim and after tea I did my Insanity Cardio Recovery, which still isn’t as easy as it sounds. Then made 4 meals for Friday and then bed… what a life :-/

Back on Insanity… still not 100%

After thinking I was better last night I decided to do an Insanity workout… it happened to be the plyometric cardio workout (40 minute). Half way through I could tell my cold was still there and limiting my progress. I completed the first and second set of drills but I had to stop half way through the final set as I had zero energy. This morning I feel rotten with cold now. Been a week now.

Come On Body! Sort this bloomin cold out! What do I feed you for?

Tom Irving, sports nutritionist expert gives me amazing advice

Wow I received a phone call today from Tom Irving, a head dietitian and leading sports nutritionist who wanted to give me loads of advice on the best way to tackle this 1,000 x 25m lengths swimming endurance challenge. WOW I have my very own dietitian and sports nutritionist expert!

He called to give his advice on the best way of being prepared nutritionally and being able to undertake this challenge, giving myself the best chance of avoiding exhaustion and hitting walls etc.

He advised on the following for either a training day or for the big day:

  • 2 hours before have a high carbohydrate and protein meal/breakfast consisting of something like porridge, cinnamon, honey and some eggs…. to be fair this is is something along the lines of what I would have anyway.
  • 20 minutes before have a high protein low fat energy bar
  • 5 minutes before take an energy gel to give a burst of energy
  • Every 10-15 minutes take 8-10 gulps of EZ endurance energy liquids
  • Try and take some 10 minute breaks and have a high protein low fat energy bar

Tom also advised that he recently attended a conference in Russia about the benefits of taking Beta Alanine supplements which increase the alkaline in your blood decreasing the chances of getting cramp (which is when there is a high buildup of acid in the blood and muscles). This kind of product he recommends regularly to Tour de France cyclists.

A quick update on my training – there has been none for the last 5 days. A cold has completely wiped me out but I’m remaining positive. I have a long way to train for this challenge and Tom agrees that it is a very good amount of time to prepare myself.

Hopefully I’ll be doing some Insanity tonight and look towards a swim on Thursday.

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