2011 season plans and reports

2011 marks a departure from endurance sport. My background is in swimming (I’ve swum the English Channel twice), triathlon and running. There’s plenty on this blog about my adventures in all those sports – have a search or look at the Channel swimming page if you’re interested.

This year I decided to step way outside my comfort zone and challenge myself on every level. I’m currently training for a Physique competition (a category of bodybuilding). Here are the shows I’ve earmarked:

– 3 July, BNBF Welsh (report)
– 11 September, NPA South East (report
– 18 September, BNBF British report
– 23 October, NPA British Finals report

BNBF (British Natural Bodybuilding Federation) (turn sound down!)
NPA (Natural Physique Association)

15 Responses to 2011 season plans and reports

  1. […] weights (just as well really!) and my long-time love of weight training is what attracted me to this year’s challenge. But, as an endurance athlete, I naturally have an affinity for cardio, too, and I do like running […]

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  2. […] 12 weeks out from my comp, I’m not really in a position to eat takeout curry (ghee whizz), but that doesn’t mean […]

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  3. […] supp with that? As most of you know, I come from a triathlon/multisport background (this bodybuilding thing is all very new to me!) I also write for triathlon magazines (with my journalism hat on). Given […]

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  4. […] supp with that? As most of you know, I come from a triathlon/multisport background (this bodybuilding thing is all very new to me!) I also write for triathlon magazines (with my journalism hat on). Given […]

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  5. […] as my competition draws closer, I’ve started to cut the amount of carbs I eat (typically putting them at […]

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  6. […] also ridden there. Not this year (no such long cardio for me, certainly not with 7 weeks to go til my comp). Today had a rather unusual ending: being interviewed by the BBC! This is not something which […]

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  7. […] de rigeur, I decided to prep all my food for the weekend and bring it with me. At 6 weeks out from my comp, I am in the mood for complete and utter compliance. If I can’t test my organisational skills […]

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  8. […] intensity interval training) as my second training session of the day. At just 18 days out from my comp, I consider it a small victory if I do intervals, let alone high intensity ones, but nevertheless I […]

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  9. […] I knew that, with 20 days to go til my first physique comp, I couldn’t afford to eat outside of my plan. Sorry if that sounds terribly dreary. But […]

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  10. Helen says:

    I love the site & the information. I have one challenge for you if you don’t mind. I’m a coeliac, with intolerance’s to all dairy, nuts, most seeds, carrot, cucumber, parsley. (can you tell I have a leaky gut) what recipes could you recommend on a cheat day?

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  11. […] to say, I can’t so much as nibble one atom of any of these til after my comps. Everything’s gone in the “delayed gratification” bag. Yes, it actually exists […]

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  12. […] the night before my next comp – the NPA (Natural Bodybuilding Association) South East championships and, since I’m at […]

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  13. […] musings, on (almost) the eve of my fourth and final comp of the year, and (almost) the end of my 2011 competitive season. In no particular […]

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