Everyone in the Rolfe household was sick. #2 had Tamiflu in case she caught something nasty because of her condition. But for some reason I was absolutely laid out. I still worked from home (Doctor's orders, so as not to contaminate everyone else), obviously, but could not train. I did try, once, after 3 days when I thought the usual cold was lifting. I waddled for about 3km, vomited and walked home, dry heaving the whole way. Even Jack was worried.
As a result I missed two weeks of training, almost completely. And then all I could do was ease back into it gradually. I managed a decent week and then we went on a family holiday for a week - four families in one chalet. I actually managed to, touch wood, recover from my illness during the week, despite #1 falling over ice skating necessitating a plaster cast up to her elbow (and 3 hours in casualty), checking #2's blood at approaching midnight every night, and then one of the other kids in the group being rushed to hospital in Chambery for a few days with a virus manifesting itself in incredibly unpleasant ways. I also managed four maintenance runs during the week, and a lot of moguls to help the leg strength and stamina! One hopes a solid base will see me through.
Incidentally, we noticed massive volatility in #2's BGL during the week. She regularly had hypos mid morning but was high for the evenings and night time right the way through until morning. We put this down to altitude, cold, strange exercise patterns and a lot of excitement. Including Line Dance, but then, what goes on tour stays on tour so the less said about that the better!
So as they say, time to get back on the bike! We arrived back last night and this morning I got up (before 5am) and ran a hilly 25km. Sadly no Jack as there is no hard shoulder and fast traffic on some of the route, although he'll be joining me later in the week. I had a quick tot up of totals in the first two months of the year:
9hrs 54 on the bike
443.7km of running
3150m of swimming
Clearly I need to (and intend to) up the weekly mileage with a focus on the bike as I see that as the area for the biggest potential for marginal gains in the Ironman. The running is my most consistent, but I will work on my speed. Swimming...well, if I can get out of the water within the time cut and feel as fresh as a daisy, I think that will suit me. As the weather warms up it will also help as I can get in the sea with a wetsuit and increase my weekly sessions a bit.
A thought to end on: to be at the sharp end of the pack in an Ironman is a terrific achievement, and clearly requires 100% dedication and natural talent. However these guys and gals are normally at least semi pro and have very little else to distract them as they are supported by trainers, masseurs, nutritionists. But as I was dodging traffic at 6am in the dark before returning home to prepare breakfast for the kids and then to be at my desk before 8am...surely there is an argument that the toughest Ironmen and Ironwomen are those that hold down jobs and family life and still manage to cross the line in 14, 15 and 16 hours?
The touchpaper has been lit...I shall wait to see what sort of fireworks go off!