As most athletes do, I had set myself some goals this year. One was, like last year, to complete a marathon of 26 miles, and earn some silver British Championship medals. I did acheive over and beyond what I set out to do as I managed to take home two overall wins, both indoor and outdoor. One at my home race at Wisbech Skaters and the other at Tatem Park for the first outdoor race of the year, which I'm immensely proud of. I also took three second place finishes at the Indoor British Championships, so that was a tick in the box for one of my goals. Then I was sent into hospital for a planned double hernia operation. It sidelined me straight after the championships in March and I was off skates for 5 weeks. Then when I came back to training I suffered a fall with a team-mate and ripped my calf muscle, thereby ruling me out of even walking properly let alone skating! I was very mindful of the prestigious European Masters Marathon on 1st June which I was eligible to take part in due to me being an old bird. So I reluctantly sat out the first outdoor race of the year at Birmingham as I was hobbling about with my injury, and concentrated on getting fit for the London race a few weeks later. To my suprise I won that event, although my leg was heavily strapped up. I decided I would take part in the marathon, knowing full well I was no-where near fit and hadn't done anywhere near enough training for it. I set myself a more realistic goal of a half marathon distance of 13 miles. It was boiling hot that day and the track was hilly and demanding at the Olympic Park. There were ladies from all over Europe there and I was dead last in my category, but I didn't let that phase me. I just plodded on and completed 13 miles. I was exhausted afterwards, but proud of myself for achieving it. Then came the Outdoor British Championships. having missed all club races in between time. I was still on the back foot from not having trained much due to injury but I pushed myself and completed all five races to earn five bronze medals. In the past I've sat out the distance races, so this was an achievement in itself, although at the time I didn't feel very positive as I was lapped in all races and felt very slow. So now my race season is over. I didn't take part in any of the Roller Road Series marathons, although I wanted to. This was because of the travelling and the fact that the nearer tracks were far too hilly for me to complete. I live in the Fens don't forget!
On reflection, considering my bad luck at the start of the outdoor season, I'm quite proud of what I've acheived, but I know exactly what I need to do to get the results I want for next year. My goals for next year are to complete a marathon (somewhere flat!) and acheive a PB in the time trial sprint. Thank you to my team for all the encouragement and for picking me up when I was down, I couldn't have done it without them. I may be the slowest in the team, masters ladies and the whole field at race events, but I do enjoy it.
31st August 2019