Carmen's Plodathon

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Carmen's Plodathon

My last overview was heavily looking back at the past, so this time I am looking to the future.  I sort of have my long term goals mapped out, but need to plan a few intermediate events leading up to it.  To date, it goes like this:

12th June 2010 - South Downs Relay - leg 2 completed in 55:30

19th June 2010 - 3mile and 1 mile swim race in the BLDSA Champion of Champions event at Dover - awaiting results... estimated 1:51 and 36 min, no wetsuit

23rd June 2010 - Bournemouth Aquathon - completed in 1:09:33, no wetsuit

26th June 2010 - Arun River Swim - completed in 1:04:56 with wetsuit

3rd July 2010 - English Channel Relay Qualifier - 2 hours in the sea at below 16°C

4th July 2010 - Lake Windermere Qualifier - 5.5 miles swum in 3 hours

6th July 2010 - Stroke and Stride - 500m sea swim in 22:23, 5k run in 27:51

7th July 2010 - Promenade 5k - completed in 27:16

11th July 2010 - New Forest 10 - completed in 1:46:19

18th July 2010 - Calshot Beach Open Water Swim - 2k completed in 47:16

20th July 2010 - Stroke and Stride - DNS, stomach upset

21st July 2010 - Bournemouth Aquathon - DNS, stomach upset

31st July 2010 - Mini Stroke and Stride - Awaiting results

4th August 2010 - Promenade 5k - DNS, cold affecting breathing

8th August 2010 - Sandown to Shanklin swim - completed in 37:50

12-13th August 2010 - English Channel Relay - completed in 14 hours 38 minutes

22nd August 2010 - Southampton Fast Twitch Triathlon - completed in 1:32:52, splits: 6:44, 55:46 and 30:22

1st Sep 2010- Promenade 5k - DNS, exhausted

4th September 2010 - Lake Windermere 10.5 mile swim - Cancelled

19th Sep 2010 - The Slog - First real off road race, completed in 2hr 36 min

3rd Oct 2010 - Clarendon Half Marathon - Completed in 2hr 57 min

10th Oct 2010 - Solent Half - completed in 2hr 16 min

18th Oct 2010 - Abingdon Marathon - completed in 4hr 48 min

24th Oct 2010 - Great South Run - completed in 1hr 39 min

7th Nov 2010 - Lordshill 10 - completed in 1hr 40min

21st Nov 2010 Gosport Half - completed in 2hr 18min

27th Dec 2010 - Pub 2 Pub - shortened route of 5 miles completed in 51:40

16th Jan 2011 - Stubbington 10K - completed in 57:53

5th Feb 2011 - Ryde 10 - completed in 1hr 39 min

19th Feb 2011 - Bramley 20 - completed in 3hr 27 min

11th March 2011 - Grizzly - DNF

27th March 2011 - Eastleigh 10k - DNS

9th April 2011 - Bath Beat - completed in 7hr 20 min in roasting heat

8th May 2011 - Alton 10 - DNF

15th May 2011 - Netley 10k - struggled around in 1:05

22nd May 2011 - Cheshire Sprint Tri - struggled around in 1:37

11th July 2011 - South Downs Marathon - Completed in 6:24

Summer 2011 - Trail marathon

Autumn 2011 - Road Marathon - Comrades Qualifier

Spring 2012 - Comrades

Spring 2012 - Olympic tri

Summer 2012 - English Channel 3 Person Relay

Summer 2013 - Solo Channel Crossing

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Taper madness

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Bank Holiday madness

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H2Open Day

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And now another injury ot add...

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What the future holds

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And what else has been happen...

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Oh dear what can the matter be

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Future plans

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