Another month over and again, this one has flown by. I can barely remember what I was doing when I wrote my last monthly recap. Since then I haven’t left the UK but I have spent a lot of time outside London on the North Downs and one night pre-ultra in Farnham.
My most popular photos on Instagram were (all ultra related!):
2. Running through beautiful wild garlic that cheered me up after 35 miles
3. My medal!!!
4. First run post-ultra in my lovely Centurion Running top. Really showing off amongst the hundreds of Canary Wharf office workers out for a lunch time jog in the sun!
In terms of training:
Swimming: two swims! One short easy one in the pool as my first exercise post-ultra, the other a longer session in a lake that left me with aching arms. That’s two more than last month 😄
Cycling: also much better – I cycled 150 miles this month (after 0 last month) which was also the most I’ve cycled since August.
Running: 103 miles. Almost 70 less than last month but then I did very little running for most of the month – indeed half of those miles were run in one day! June will probably be my first month since February where I run under 100 miles and that is no problem at all. Now let’s see if I can cycle 100 miles…
Cross-training: again, a little bit of strength training but really very little this month as I was tapering for the ultra and then recovering from it. No yoga.
Favourite run: well it has to be the 50 miles along the North Downs, no? Lovely weather, beautiful views, good company, unbeatable sense of achievement.
Read: really grinding to a halt – I have not finished a single book in May. On the other hand, I have been making my way through the wonderful Silk Roads which is over 500 pages of history so it’s not as if I haven’t been reading!
My best moment in May was a moment during the North Downs Way 50 ultra, where I had less than 10 miles to go and was running across the top of a field with some stunning views. It was at that point I realised that I was definitely going to finish without hating it, I had energy left, wasn’t in pain and was really enjoying myself. I had a huge smile on my face…. Until I got lost!
Reading: still finishing Silk Roads – just a few more chapters left to go!
Listening to: I have been addicted to Orica-Scott’s pre-and-post stage Giro YouTube videos. I love the backstage look into a cycle team and they all seem like a really down-to-earth, self-deprecating bunch. Chris Juul-Jenson in particular is great. They are my new favourite cycle team and he might be my favourite peloton cyclist.
Enjoying: not doing any structured training. I’m back to training properly this week but with no training plan so I can just do what I like, when I like, and fit it in around work and other commitments. I am loving being back on my bike and looking forward to getting back in the gym after a few weeks off for tapering and recovery.
Looking forward to: an exciting month up ahead with the wedding of one of my school friends – the first one of us to get married! And then a long weekend away in Austria cheering my mum on at the Olympic Triathlon Europeans. It’s going to be a lovely month.