Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sum it Up on Sunday - for the whole year too!

Last summary of 2012 Clanettes, so naturally I had to go B I G!! Lets start with this week...

Christmas eve - 'rest' day

Christmas day - I may have been tucked up inside drinking alcofrol, but Paul was in the game!

I won't keep taking pics of my turbo sessions, don't worry, but I thought these were good for interest. This is me taking a pic of me, looking at my reflection as I see it, in the shed window! (Yes, I am wearing my sweat band!)Then there is the bike towel, known as the 'bike thong' (no really, that is the brand!) to catch the sweat and save the bikes paint work from corrosion.

Gym and swim with Lucy. Cept I didn't gym, just swam 20 lengths and then went to Lucys for a much needed Thai Massage (description here). 
Oh Clanettes, I will admit to you that I am suffering with my back again. Its been iffy for two weeks now and I am miserable about it - but full of plans. More on that in another post because I have much more exciting things to share below!

'Rest' day - its been a busy week...!

Gym and swim with Lucy. We got to the gym super early this morning, because Lucy has written me a new yoga set specifically to build, support and maintain my back. I felt great after 40 mins of this, so I tentatively did did 5k on a bike, and then sweated my Christmas exploits out on the cross trainer for 20mins. Followed by 30 lengths in the pool.

W/E 30.12.12
Cycle: 16.5 miles (2 x turbo sessions and 1 x gym session)
Run: None - back not up to running right now
Swim:  50 lengths in 2 sessions

Given that this is the last summary of the year, and given that you know how much I love to record everything.. I thought I would try and tally up this years distances.. this proved to be a mammoth task, but I think the following stats are pretty accurate..

Drum roll please....

In 2012, I have: 

Cycled 1571 miles / 2528.5km 

Run (Starting from absolute zero with the C25K in January) 157 miles / 254km

Swam 1642 lengths of my local pool. 1642 x its 25m length = 41050metres.. 25miles / 41.5km

In total, if every distance for each discipline were added together, I have trained my way through 1753 miles / 2821.5 km.. The equivalent of me going to Bulgaria!!! I AM SO BLOODY PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!!!!!!

I DID THAT! I flogged myself, killed myself, bled, sweat, cried and swore my way to those figures and in hindsight, I have loved every single minute of it. The lows and the highs - there have been many.

My summarising prompted Paul to do the same. No surprise really, but his bike miles are amazing at 5562 miles - the equivalent of cycling LEJOG again and then going straight to Turkey! Only 388hrs in the saddle! His running total is 105 miles.

The main thing I have learnt this is year, is that you may as well do it. Whatever it is, just get on and do it (unless its housework!). The time will pass anyway, the miles will clock up, the little ones count as much as the big ones (sometimes more so!) and looking back at accomplishments, is way better than any regrets.

Whatever you aspire to do, or achieve, or be in 2013, is absolutely within your remit.

Get to it x x 


  1. You are amazing Sarah. I may tot up some of my running miles as you inspired me yet again! Oh and I remember how much spinning class made me sweat, as there is no breeze for it to evaporate on, so I imagine turbo's are similar! And finally, might I suggest Pilates? I am a huge fan/believer. Takes a while to learn the basics so they are beneficial and you need a decent instructer which can be tricky. But very worth while. Dylan took to it a while ago after having back issues (more common in taller people I believe?) and although neither of us practise it actively, the basics are present in our day to day lives now. xx

    1. You make me blush Jo, thank you. Pilates is a good shout, thank you for the suggestion x

  2. Those are some impressive stats!! Hope you have a fabulous 2013 :)