Wow did September fly by quickly or what? It certainly hasn’t helped that I am away from home at the moment on a course and the routine is quite long. Breakfast is at 0700 and then in class pretty much all the way through until 1830. We then have 45 minutes to shower and change for dinner at 1915. You don’t really feel like going for a run after dinner as you still feel bloated, if you choose to miss dinner then you just eat rubbish in your room.
Having said all of that I have managed to squeeze in some sessions and I am pretty much on track for what I expected this month.
So, after nine months this is where we are at with my virtual ultra triathlon stats:
Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.
Completed! I only needed to run 37km to get to my final total of 855km which was the distance from Ardnamurchen lighthouse to Lowestoft.
As I don’t want to stop running simply because I have reached this target, I now intend to push on through to 1000km for the year. I have 141km left to go on this target.
Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.
According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 27.13km this month. My total distance for the year is therefore 1315km, which means I have completed about 84.84% of my challenge. The really good news is that I only have 235km to go. I have slowed down considerable this month mainly because I am now not cycling to and from work every day. I can’t sustain this level if I want to reach my target by the end of the year. Now that my running has finished I need to put in more effort to the cycling.
My virtual location is still on the A30 travelling through Cornwall, although as highlighted last month the map does seem to be slightly inaccurate.
Rowing – The length of the Thames
According to my tracker I managed to row 15.1km this month. My total distance for the year is therefore 259km, which means I have completed about 74.86% of my challenge. The means I now have only 87km left to go, however at the rate I went this month it means I will not reach my final target on time. I therefore need to up the rate and complete a minimum of 30km next month.
My virtual location is currently at by Battersea Power Station and moving rapidly on through the centre of London. It has been a quiet month for rowing so I haven’t passed by many locations, however some of not are Richmond, Kew Gardens, Chiswick, Fulham and Hammersmith.
September was a good month in that I finished the running aspect of the challenge, however my cycling and rowing have taken a heavy hit. If I am going to finish those disciplines then I really need to focus and dedicate some quality time. In October I really need to complete 30km on the row if I am going to stay on track. I do know that in November I will be back at work and therefore cycling every day. This I would suspect will add 75km to my total, so If I can get 60km completed this month it means I only need to get an additional 50km on the indoor bike in November and December.
A difficult month with some work to do, but I am confident that I can still get there.