It had been nearly 18 months since my last IMRA race. In the interim time, a baby and a move to Northern Ireland had put pay to my mountain racing days.
How to hurdle, mountain running style. Winner of Annacurra race showing it how it’s done. Photo courtesy of Mick Hanney.
But then Mick Hanney started posting pictures on Facebook. They were of rocks and mountains and muck and puddles. There were views from descents and trees to hurdle. It was too much to resist. I had to attend his mountain race.
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It’s that time of the year when Ireland’s Outsider Magazine puts together its People of the Year list. It’s their chance to celebrate those that have done incredible things on the Irish outdoor scene in 2013.
This year has an incredible line-up:
Calvin Torrans (71) who continues to push the boundaries of Irish climbing – despite having smashed both his ankles in a fall two years ago.
Galway girl Katie McAnena (26), who became the first woman to surf the Jaws, the infamously gargantuan wave in Hawaii.
Henry Tindal (29) who cycled 28,800km solo from Ireland to Australia. He crossed Europe, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Southeast Asia, seven Indonesian islands and East Timor on the way.
Liam Delahunty (35) who was diagnosed with MS eight years ago and in 2013 set himself the challenge of completing 24 adventure races in 18 months.
And then there’s little old me…
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It’s hard to exercise when you’ve also a child to mind.
Baby tired out after 15km run in his Bob Revolution SE Running Buggy.
It’s a never-ending juggling act, trying to coordinate the following events to all coincide:
- The child being in a good mood / preferably asleep.
- Someone else to be around to look after said child.
- The weather not being too cold or wet or windy.
- It still being light outside – that’s 8 hours during Irish winter time.
- And actually being in the right frame of mind yourself to do some exercise.
That said, there are a few tricks I’ve learned about how to still get some time to exercise whilst also being a new Mum.
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“I’m going to do an adventure race before my maternity leave is up.” It was a promise I made to myself before my baby was even born. It was a goal I needed to mentally make, something to get me back on my bike and back wearing my running shoes within a few weeks of the birth.
Heading up Croagh Patrick on the Sea to Summit Adventure Race. Photo courtesy of Damian Faulkner.
I initially signed up for the Rugged Peaks race in October, close to home up here in Donegal. But when it was cancelled at the last minute due to low entry numbers, I had to find another race to aim for. The only one left on the calendar was the Sea to Summit race. It was scheduled for the start of November in Westport, County Mayo. I had seen the photos from last year’s event, lads in skimpy triathlon suits running up the snow covered peak of Croagh Patrick. It looked cold and painful, but it would have to do.
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I heard Edinburgh was a beautiful city, steeped in Scottish history. So I was curious to check the place out when I was offered a weekend away there.
Arthur’s Seat from Edinburgh Castle, courtesy of wikimedia.
Granted, the purpose of the weekend was to go to Murrayfield to watch Munster Rugby take on Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup first round. Munster however lost in a closely contested match. Fortunately I was soon to find out that Edinburgh has a lot more to offer than just rugby.
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It has been 3 weeks since I started my formal training plan. And things are going well. Slowly but surely, I’m feeling stronger and looking thinner than before.
Happy Training – Back biking, running and swimming.
There’s something about formal structured training that really works for me. Maybe it’s the fact that there is a clear purpose to each session, whether it is to build strength, aerobic capacity, or to provide some a chance for recovery. I’m also on maternity leave, so it gives me something very clear to look forward to that day especially whenever you’re never too sure what the day will bring. It also provides me that one to two hour break where I don’t have to think about crying, feeding or nappy changing. And what with having a coach involved, I don’t have to think about what session I should do or why.
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I promised myself that, once I’d delivered, I’d get properly fit again. I even decided that I would enlist the help of a professional to get me in proper shape.
Looking to train for the likes of the Killarney Adventure Race.
The first thing I had to decide was what I wanted to be fit for.
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