Low iron, increasing energy and losing weight
Last December I had a blood test because of my lack of motivation to get up and train, or just to train in the afternoon. The lack of energy was going on for about 9 months so I wanted to check my iron levels to see if it wasn’t just because I was lazy Turns out I was super low. I was a 9 when it’s supposed to be between 20 and 200.
I started taking liquid iron and iron fizz tablets from the supermarket about Christmas time. I think they take a few weeks to kick in. I started noticing a difference in energy levels in early Feb. Since then I’ve been training a lot more and have noticed a difference in my weight too. I’ve lost about 3 – 4 kgs. Well, I had done, up until the Scott’s sisters wedding a week ago. I think I’ve put a couple of those back on in the past week
I made a conscious effort after my Tauranga race to do all my running training. Doing this and also dropping the weight I’ve noticed a big difference in my run times. After Tauranga I was pretty gutted with my run time of 1:54. Although I was happy with my overall time of 5:02 – which was mainly down to a great bike ride (2:30). I thought I really need to improve my run speed. And I am definitely on my way after my qualification race in Wellington 2 weeks ago and this race.
Results: 2km swim / 90km bike (hilly!) / 21 km run
5th in age group – open women
Top women below:
Since I had a great race in Wellington 2 weeks ago I decided to enter the Auckland Half Ironman. It was only 2 weeks away bit it’s also the last race of the NZ season so I wanted to give it a shot. My lead up was pretty shit though. I spent the entire week before eating alot and not doing any exercise at all. Maybe it was partly motivated by Scott doing nothing since he is resting after Ironman. Although that’s no excuse Now I think about it I wouldn’t do that again. After a big race, if I’m going to back it up 2 weeks later I really need to keep the legs ticking over and the muscles working. I think mine may have seized up!
The Auckland race has 2 different transitions. I’ve never done a race like that before. We had transition bags and I put so much into my bike one. I had a jacket, vest, arm warmers – it was bursting and I’m not sure why I had that stuff in there when it was so warm.
We set up our bikes at Maraetai and were to drive to Karakawa Bay to leave our car there and catch the shuttle back to Maraetai. A few of us ended up having to race our cars there and made it in the nick of time with the bus already leaving – nearly missed the race causing unnecessary stress!
A few photos from Scotty T Photography
Swim: 33:45 – 7th female
The swim is a 2 lap beach start where you get out after the first lap and run around the wharf and back in. It’s quite a nice course.
Bike: 2:53:38 – 4th female
Onto the bike, 1km in and my legs felt awful. Mainly my right quad muscle . I started riding slowly and massaging it. Pretty pissed off at myself for letting myself get into such a situation. I knew it was because I’d done nothing the week before – after the Wellington race. Either that or if I had done something I would have noticed earlier. I massaged it as I rode along. Planning to pull out. Thinking what a waste of money for flights and race entry. All this going through my head for what seemed like forever but was probably only 5-7 mins. At about 4km in a guy passed me and a minute later another guy passed me. Something clicked and I was chasing them. Glad I didn’t pull out now because the pain eased up the further I got along.
The course is quite hard, a very honest course with no bunch riding – or very little. 2 big hills and loads of smaller ones with a flat section either side. No way for people to hide in a bunch and do well makes for a good course.
At the top of Snake Hill, 34km into the ride they allow friends to hand you drink bottles. I didn’t use this but it was great having people cheer us on – Thanks Gemma!
The turn around was at 60km, really disappointing. We had been told there would be a bottle drop with Leppin but when I asked he said “not at the moment” – wtf! when then? Shall I have a cup of tea and come back for the Leppin? I grabbed a water and took off slightly gutted.
Run: 1:41:30 – 6th female
I knew the run was going to be painful after that bike and the state I was in. The run is a 3 lap out and back from Kawakawa Bay out along the coast. It would have been a gorgeous run any other time. Not today. My plan of running less than 4:30 per km was out the window. I ran a 4:28, a 4:43, a 4:38 and my plan changed. I ended up running an average of 4:50′s.
The run wasn’t as flat as I was expecting, there was a sneaky incline on the way out. The first 7km lap I was pacing ok, still in the 4:30 somethings per km. The next 7km was tougher. My legs were in pain. I wasn’t having much coke or water as I was scared to slow down as I knew I wouldn’t get started again. On the second 7km my speed dropped to just under 5min kms so I had to keep working to pick this up to 4:45. I knew there were a couple of girls not far behind, ready to pounce if I slowed.
Because it was an out an back course I could see exactly where I was in comparison to everyone. I was 4th female at the moment and no chance of getting the first three – Britta Martin, Belinda Harper and Hilary Wicks. I was just trying to hold my place.
One of the girls behind me shot passed me at about the 12 km mark and I couldn’t go with her. Later I found out her name – Fiona Eagles. She beat me by 6 mins.
I didn’t have any gels on the run, scared I might get the stitch. Probably a bad choice as it would have given me more energy. I just knew my legs were hurting and I couldn’t handle a stitch today. I did have 2 gels tucked into my top just in case.
Noone else passed me, I picked up my pace for the last 3.5km home for a 1:41min 21km. A PB for me in a half ironman. I did 2:08 in Ashburton, 1:54 in Tauranga and 1:41 here – next race needs to be in the 1:30′s!
See my run splits, elevation and everything here – Garmins are awesome!
Tips and takeaways
- Practice on my long runs and also some intense runs taking gels coke and water
- Do recovery sessions my coach gives me
My legs are sore now! Rest time and then time to get training for the World Champs in Auckland in October!
Thanks to Jenny and Kaan for having me stay at your house – only a few days after you got married!