It’s that time of year again…

I know I’ve already done a triathlon this year, but that was just a little one, a warm-up if you like. The real season for me starts on Sunday, with the Slateman. And guess what? I’m injured. My shoulder is still not better, I have a potentially fractured wrist and I’ve got TFL syndrome* which has been stopping me from running for about 3 weeks now. Of course this isn’t going to stop me doing the damn thing, it just means my training has gone out the window. I’ve been swimming twice in the pool and once in the Lake this year, although I’m off to the lake this afternoon and I have a swim analysis test tomorrow. I’ve not really been out on the bike, certainly not like I was last year and, as I said, I’ve not run for 3 weeks. Doesn’t really bode well for a PB but never mind. At least I’ll see where I’m at and where I need to work (probably everywhere!!).

*The TFL is the tensor fasciae latae, in short a hip abductor muscle that links the ITB (iliotibial band) to the hip. TFL syndrome is when this muscle gets tight. It’s pretty painful. You can read more about it here.

Having said all that, I’m feeling pretty good (I know it doesn’t sound like it), but I’m feeling strong. I’ve kept at the Crossfit, obviously avoiding movements that aggravate my shoulder, and I’m down to 70 kilos which is the lightest I’ve been in a very long time. I’m hoping I might be able to wing it… Famous last words!! I’ve also become a brand ambassador for Just Strong Clothing. If you want to get 10% discount on their stuff, just click here and the discount will be applied at the checkout.

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In other news, we have bought a van. It’s a red Vauxhall Vivaro SWB and we are in the process of converting it into a campervan. Project van is great – it is taking over my life in a good way!! So far I have managed to insulate the floor, ply-line the floor and carpet the floor. Next stage is electrics and then I can get on and insulate and line the walls. We also need some windows putting in but having discussed this, we’ve decided to get someone else to do this. Far too delicate a job for either of us.

 

Both of us have been away in it, together and separately for work, just as it is at the moment, and it’s great. So handy not having to put a tent up! I can’t see that I will ever go back to having a car. After Easter we went up to the Lake District for a few days with the dog and we managed fine. It was a bit of a pain having to take everything out to organise each day but it was definitely better than having to put up and take down a tent each time. I’m going to start building the bed too because I can’t decide where the best position for it is. If I build it outside the van then I can move it around a bit to decide.

In more other, different news, a good friend of mine is pregnant. I’m super happy for her, for them both, but I have to say it completely floored me. I’m not sure why exactly, although if I’m honest I just didn’t think she wanted children! I don’t know why I thought that, maybe because we’ve never talked about it, I’m not sure. Maybe I just decided that so it was easier for me. I don’t know, but it hit me hard. This is the first person I am close to that is having a baby since I’ve been told I can’t. And they are close to me, as in she lives in my village and we do a lot together. Some days I’m fine and then some days I’m really not. I guess I’ll just have to roll with it and see how it goes…