• Aliya Drakes

VACAY!

As it happened, a family vacation was planned right when things were in full swing. The only consolation was that the week I would be away was a deloading week - thankfully. However, it still meant missing two whole weekends of training, including what Derrick called our toughest session (3 hr bike ride, 1.5hr run). At our hotel in Barbados there was a fitness centre that had some basic equipment - a couple treadmills and stair climbers, and a really weird bike contraption that I later learned was a recumbent bike. My training plan for the week consisted of rides and runs, but mostly treadmill runs. The training week started off great - in place of the hard session I was given two hours on the bike and a one hour run. Three hours away from liming time is a lot to ask but I'm gonna be a Half Ironman so that's what needed to be done! The session was long and drawn out but I got through it. I'd chosen a hill workout for the bike to get some pressure and during it I would play little games like hold a certain pace for a hill interval. That made the time pass quicker and gave a great workout (although that bike in no way felt like a real bike.) The run was boring but I watched Olympics. The last 20 minutes were long! The other days I exercised here and there but from Tuesday when we started going out more (or earlier) it became harder and more scanty. So instead of doing a two hour ride/run I'd do just an hour run. I thought I'd swim more (and got buffed in the process!) but surprisingly I hardly went in the big pool and I only swam once in the sea until I started having to dodge more people in the water. Some days I did crunches or other exercises, and one day the family did Aquacise. All-in-all I was a little nervous that the lack of consistent/proper training for the week would affect the overall flow of the training, plus alcohol every single day and lots of snacks and junk!!!. On the other hand I had a very enjoyable vacation! But at the end of it I knew I had to buckle down as we only had 6 weeks to go!


7 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

This week had been my hardest, and this day in particular had been my breaking point. It was the first week back from vacation so I was ready to get back into the full swing of things, no time to wast

We have moved on to the "speed" phase of our training journey which I don't like since I prefer endurance over speed. Nevertheless, we had to get through it. The whole Augusta 6 crew were out this m

The second attempt in the wetsuit went MUCH better! I was actually able to swim and feel like I was moving! Only one small panic attack during the warm up when we stopped by the cave. Being upright in