The New Challenges

In 2012 Tracey and I embarked on a series of challenges to raise money for The Haemophilia Society. We had great fun doing it and both felt very fit. So, as we both were slogging up the Mound in the Edinburgh 10 mile run recently, we remarked on how unfit we both were compared to then!

And so Two Tackle Three was resurrected!

Two Tackle Three Take Two (AKA 2T3T2) will see us take on three new challenges each which are crazier and tougher than the first three (although Ventoux was quite tough). We will raise money for an Edinburgh Charity called The Yard. The Yard is a purpose built indoor and outdoor adventure playground for children and young people with disabilities.

Tracey and I have a few links with this amazing facility. One being it has close links with the Childhood Practice Team at Edinburgh College and the second being my late husband, Alistair was involved in providing the yard with their cut down working traffic light, through the BBC Children in Need project, The Big Build.

So Tracey's challenges are -

St Mary Loch Standard Distance Triathlon, Aberfeldy Half Ironman, Glencoe Half Marathon.

And Jane's are -

Windermere Half Marathon, The Moonwalk and the Glencoe Marathon.

We will also be taking part in a variety of other events in preparation for our big challenges.

Our blog will make a welcome return, so you can keep up with our training antics! So please keep up to date. We will let you know soon how you can sponsor us to raise a shed load of cash for The Yard.

Jane and Tracey (Team 2T3T2)

Saturday, 30 April 2016

The resurrection of Two Tackle Three has got me reminiscing about how far I have come in the four years since its inception! At the start of Two Tackle Three (part 1) I was struggling to run more than about 2 k and was just learning to swim. Last year I completed a Half Ironman. .....crazy! So why are my three challenges this time around still a challenge? Well....I'm not getting any younger, despite what I tell everyone! So just maintaining a basic level of fitness is harder, recovery takes longer and if I get even a wee injury it takes longer to heal. My challenges are are also much much longer so I have to find even more time to train, not easy with a full time job and still do all the things I want to do like playing with the Edinburgh Concert Band, continuing with my ballet classes and teaching gymnastics to the dancers at Morningside Dance Academy. It's no longer enough to nip out at lunchtime for a quick half hour run! I now need to swim,  cycle and run for hours! Add to that my very real fear of swimming in open water and you begin to see that these are indeed challenges for me! St Mary's Loch Standard Triathlon is 1500m open water swim followed by a 25 mile (40k) cycle then a 6 mile (10k) run, Aberfeldy Half Ironman is a 1900m (1.2mile) open water swim, 56 mile (90k) cycle then 13 ish mile (20k) run and Glencoe is 'just' a half marathon  (up a mountain!). Have I convinced you?

Friday, 29 April 2016

Day 2 2T3T2

Nope......still nothing, although I'm thinking about a swim this evening! Does that count?

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Day 1 2T3T2

.....and I've done hee haw! Still plenty time.


Day 1 of 2T3T2

Full of enthusiasm I got myself out of bed early this morning and headed to the pool for an early morning swim. And I made a salad for my lunch (which was delish). Managed 20 lengths before I had to get out and go to work but got to work feeling very enthusiastic about our 3 new challenges.

Sent an email off to The Yard to arrange fundraising for them and am planning to go out for my evening Moonwalk training walk.

Watch this space for more training adventures from Team 2T3T2!