It's been a while since I blogged so here is a quick scamper through what I've been up to.
It's been a few weeks of swimming through treacle basically. I somewhat gave up on timing myself because I was just too tired by work/low mood/change of season and just didn't want to see my times dropping off again. It's been a tricky few weeks, my mood always dips at this time of year, and because I never recovered from the awful depression of last year, I'm slipping back more easily in that direction.
What IS going well seems to be getting in some decent kilometre-age in the pool, which should stand me in good stead for the summer. I managed just over 84k in October, which was my biggest swimming month since June 2012 (but didn't even come close to my biggest swimming month of all time, April 2011, the only time I've broken 100k in a month). I'm aiming for about the same this month and a little more in December with the hope of getting as close to 800k swum as possible for 2013. That will be quite a bit down on 2012 and 2011 but obviously I did train for a half ironman this year :)
What also went well yesterday was a run. It was entirely unplanned but I got back 4 hours earlier than anticipated from my coaching course assessment day, and felt quite ready to do Something. We'd been in the pool earlier, but in 75 minutes of people doing coaching assessments, I'd barely swum a km! I thought I'd go out for an easy 5k, but it all seemed really easy and I just kept going. I only stopped at 8.5k because Mr Tuna was ringing me. Anyway, I feel confident that I can get around the 10k race I've entered at the end of the month, and whilst I might not beat last year's time, I should do it in under an hour which is perfectly respectable when you've run as little as I have! I may even be tempted to have another crack at the Wokingham Half Marathon in February again.
There will be more on the coaching course in due course - I passed the assessed coaching session with flying colours yesterday but the exam was somewhat impenetrable so I may not have passed, so I will talk about it when I find out.