Teamwork: Training around family life

7 May 2017

Another busy work schedule this week, lots of new business and opportunities arising. The team are working hard to meet their KPI's.

Monday morning was due to be our first sea swim at St Brelade bay. I decided to cycle but totally underestimated the wind which was pretty tough going on my TT bike with disc wheel. My very supportive husband met me at the beach, with the children only to discover that the weather was too wild and it had been called off.

So we put on our trainers and went for a jog around the beautiful headland at Noirmont. Harvey and Max were running ahead it was fun to run with them and pleasant to see their smiles when they had run 5k !

Tuesday am was an early swim I decided to try 1,500m straight and completed it in 25m .16 which I was delighted with and hope I did not miscounted the lengths, I need to upgrade my training peaks membership to get more analytical data.

Wednesday, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I did not have an early swim Fintan had a swim in his set not sure if Nick meant to leave out. I cycled to the office and after a busy day, was at the track for 6.15 the set was was 6*400, followed by 4*400 at an easier pace.

I joined the middle group this time and did the 400's in 1.22-1.25 sec which is quicker than my usual pace the following set was 1.37-1.40 sec intentionally slower. The session felt tough although short.

After spending some time with the kids, packing Freddie bag for Italy for a football tour, it was back to work for a few hours.  Proposals to review, IT matters to discuss with fellow shareholders, marketing decisions to be made and new hires to consider.

Team Bracken-Smith.

Training was tricky with part of the team away Saturday I switched the outdoor 2 hours 30 for a turbo session which ended in tears as I punctures my disc wheel by falling off!

Sunday was due to be a long run, which was also not possible - it was the end of rugby prize giving at the club which meant another turbo session. We were chuffed that Harvey received one of the player of the year awards lovely for him as it was his last season for the club! Max had a gathering post awards and was going to a friends which enabled me to take off for a 20 min run. With the glorious sunshine I popped to Portelet to see my parents and squeezed in my first sea swim. It took two minutes to get in but once I got going it was wonderful to be out in the sea feeling lucky to be there.

I now need to pick up the pace as Deva is the next big race on 4 June, I had entered to qualify for the World event in Rotterdam, however I qualified for the Irish team but decided to continue with the race.

This week was a reminder of how important our teams are, how we all rely on them to bring out the best in us!!

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