Making time for training has proven itself to be tricky task for all of our First Timers, who are straining to fit in extra exercise sessions around work, illness and family. New mum Claire has taken to home workout sessions, whilst Elliot and Stephen squeeze in their PT sessions and runs before and after work. (Even just the photo of their 5.30am alarm midweek was enough to make us yawn…) Showing off some pretty innovative thinking, our youngest runner Erika combined work and training when her trainer, Jeremy, transformed her work into a giant gym. And then again on the weekend, she combined training and fun as she visited Mt Buller to ski with pals over the weekend.
It’s a busy schedule they are all leading at the moment, and our team members are understandably run down. And what do we do when we’re tired? We turn to comfort food. The usually disciplined Elliot couldn’t say no to a burger and fries early in the week, and also fell prey to a very tempting two-for-one ice cream offer. (In fairness, that was a good deal.) Stephen stumbled mid week when he turned to favourite local haunt for a delicious breakfast of corn fritters; and after torrential rain thwarted running plans in Perth, Claire went for Option B: donuts. In fact, it was only Erika who managed to resist the temptation, going for a yummy alternative to a comfort-food favourite when she concocted a healthy cauliflower based veggie pizza.
But before you put all your bets on Erika, consider that the path to race day is easier for some than others. Indeed, the remainder of our First Timers team were overcoming some pretty big hurdles this week. Elliot faced a daunting appointment with a neurologist about a niggling nerve injury – thankfully getting the all clear. Stephen too suffered from illness this week, battling a nasty flu virus, which we all know is kryptonite to early-morning motivation. And let’s think about Claire, tired and working long hours at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and also struggling with sick baby Penny this week, who was having trouble feeding – a major stress for any mum.
The path to The First Time is turning out to be very different for every member of our team, and as we roll past the halfway point, we can’t help but wonder what will prove to be the winner – consistency or determination?