Week 7: Finding my feet

The week was looking to be a busy one with one colleague away at training all week, one off on Tuesday and Thursday, and me off Friday. Two of us were also to be on call together Monday, so I should have Tuesday afternoon off, but as the only one present, that wouldn’t be possible. …

SA Week 6 : Mdumbi

I got out of work a few hours early, leaving at 10:00 instead of the usual 13:00 post call time, but given I’d done 2 back to back on calls, I’d probably earned a full day off! I drove to the car dealership (the car saga continues) and a driver took me from there to…

South Africa Week 5

Life Last week was a bad week. My first on call – a baptism by fire, a stand off with a colleague, and being called to HR because there had been a mistake with my contract and the one I had been issued had an incorrect salary, the real one being around £10,000 per year…

SA Weeks 3-4

Life After working hard Monday-Friday, Friday the running water ran out at the hospital and we only had one clean instrument pack for theatre, but 3 caesareans to do, and that’s without planning for serious emergencies coming in later. We therefore ground to a bit of a halt and had to refer patients out to…

SA Weeks 1-2

Life I left Porthcawl at 10:30 on Sunday morning, flew out of Heathrow at 17:00, landed in Dubai for a quick changeover, and got to Johannesburg at 10:00 on Monday morning (South Africa is one hour ahead). I met a man from the bank to set up my account and sort out a mobile phone…

The Road to Tsolo

I have now arrived in South Africa, so my blog posts are going to be taking a slight turn and will each be split into three sections : training / work / life. I’ll headline so people who are already following and interested in my training can skip to those bits, and family/friends from home…

Off Season 

Following my half Ironman, I took a few weeks of completely unstructured training and some relative rest, just doing what I fancied. It coincided with my last couple of weeks of work, moving out of my flats staying with my parents in Wales, going away to Devon and America, and then the big move to…

Fugitive Triathlon

10-16th July  Monday: REST DAY Tuesday:  AM – Swimming 3000 metres in 1 hour PM – 45 mins weights Wednesday: AM – 40 mins steady turbo watching Tour de France highlights summaries for stages 1-10. PM – Impromptu bike ride = 29.2 miles. I’d left the turbo trainer set up to do some intervals before…

Prague, Bedfordshire Tri & 6 month summary 

26th June – 2nd July Monday: AM – 2160 metre early morning non-wetsuit sea swim. I met a couple of people from a local open water swimming Facebook page at the harbour in Porthcawl. I got myself all togged up in my wetsuit and arrived early. When they turned up, they weren’t wearing wetsuits so…

My Week in Training – Cardiff Triathlon

19-25th June I’m on night shifts this week, and trying to let my ankle recover. My big focus is on being rested and ready for the Cardiff Triathlon on Sunday.  #toughgirl100 Sarah Williams, founder and creator of the Tough Girl Podcast (see my blog post on my episode) recently started her through-hike of the Appalachian…

My week in training – Ridgeway Relay

12-18th June Monday: AM – 2.5 mile jog/hike to Beachy Head Tuesday: AM – 25 mins yoga with Adriene PM – 2 mile lido swim as 20xPB(pullbuoy), 20xsteady, 20xPB, 10x2fast, 16xPB (33.3m pool).  Wednesday: AM – 20 mins yoga with Adriene. PM – 25 mins full body weights. Plus 5 mins stretching and rolling. Thursday:…

Training, Hawridge Duathlon & Pacing South Downs Way 100

29th May – 4th June Monday: AM – 75 mins hot yoga PM – 100 mins turbo Tuesday: AM – 1 mile lido swim, arms only with a pull buoy and no kicking off the ends. Suuuuper slow, some people excel on pull buoy sets, I am not one of those people. Star kicker! Wednesday:…