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The first time i beat ten boats in the nationals!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Sandy Sensations on a Glorious Day!

Today's session was a simple gander on the soft sand, with our 12kg packs. It was 45min and quite tough on the leg and back muscles. Leyette's little girl came along, and walked the whole way, which was impressive. We also had a new adventurer, and she pushed our pace. Emma is just off the back of the 50km East Coast Walk event, so we didn't entirely embarrass ourselves!

Everybody is getting tired and run down. We are all at the Physio, we are all sore. Some of our walkers have doubt about their ability, and I will just be hoping that I say and do the right thing, to get them through it.

Here's the thing about pain and perseverance, though. What we are all struggling with - fitting the sessions in, maintaining pace, keeping our bodies functional, overcoming pain, soreness, and boredom - will make our successful completion of the trip so much more special. Hang in there guys! We are over the hump and bearing down on the big day!!

I am not sure why my photo is on its side, but it was too sweet to leave out!

Friday, 12 April 2013


Today's session was on the little hill between Freshie and Queenscliff beaches. We did 3 return laps of it, concentrating on placing our whole foot on the step, driving up with the big muscles in our butt and thighs, rather than through your toes and utilising the calves. On the way down, we refrained from using the handrails, for balance, and let our weight fall on each leg - this increases the gravity involved and works your pelvic floor and thigh muscles even harder.

I threw some curve balls to the fast walkers, like step up s on the viewing chairs, but aside from that it was a fairly simple 50min session.
With 3mths to go until the big day, we then sat down to discuss our training going forward. I gave them a minor heart attack when I asked for 40km in one day... I meant 4hrs, only 20km!
Legs are going to be a little stiff tomorrow.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Almost Broken by Alexander Street

Today's session was a short and sweet hill session on one of Sydney's toughest hills: Alexander St, Collaroy. It is 1km from our start point to the top of the hill, which we used as a warm up and cool down.

The body of the session was to speed 1km down Alexander , jogging, then turn around and power back up. We were wearing 10g.

It was tough the first time, then I broke it to the girls that not only were we going to do it again, but we were going to do it faster!!

Stopwatches set, we embarked on another lap to finish the old legs off, well and truly!

This week we concentrate on mixing the sessions up - some longer, some faster, and some with serious hill programming!!