Friday, April 20, 2018
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After the intense week in Mallorca, racking up both the kilometres and the hours, I returned to ‘normal life’ straight into a two week taper ahead of the first triathlon of the year.  I wouldn’t normally taper for a whole two weeks for a middle distance triathlon (and you could argue the taper hasn’t really been full-on until this week), but as I’m learning about training stress balance, I put myself firmly into the red while on the camp and needed a bit more effort than normal to get it back towards a positive value!

I guess we’ll see on Sunday whether the taper strategy has worked! Having competed in the Swashbuckler triathlon (my first ever middle distance triathlon) back in 2012, I felt like I had a score to settle with the race.

 

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We’ve all dreamt about it at one time another; the chance to give up the day job and follow our dreams as a professional triathlete.  Granted, it’s not something I’ve wasted too much time dreaming about (too old, too slow, too well-paid to give it all up!), but it’s always fun to wonder what it might be like.

For most of us, the nearest we get to ‘living the dream’ is a triathlon camp.  This week just gone, I got to attend my first organized camp, courtesy of Racetime Events and the Shea-Simonds duo of Duncan and Claire.   That the camp was set on my favourite training destination island of Mallorca only added to the attraction.

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After a somewhat disappointing winter of training and a DNS at the Wokingham Half Marathon, I kept my entry to the Pewsey Terminator, a mostly off-road 12 mile cross-country course with 410 metres of evil (and I mean evil) climbing, pretty quiet.

I certainly didn’t expect to win the darned thing.  I just wanted to put myself firmly in the hurt locker and get comfortable with being uncomfortable again.

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“That’s eight minutes done” said Adam over the whooshing sound that’ll be familiar to anyone that’s ever used a Wattbike.  Eight minutes done; just another twelve to go then. Oh God.

Yes, you guessed it, today was FTP and power testing day with Adam Gibson of GreenlightPT.  Not a day I often (ever) look forward to! But nonetheless a very important day as the figures that we get from today’s selection of tests will form the basis of my training sessions for the coming months.

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I toyed with the idea of titling this blog ‘lurching from one disaster to another’, but then decided it would be a much more cathartic experience writing it if I started with a positive spin!

Safe to say, however, that I’ve had a challenging couple of months on the triathlon front.

Having taken a proper post-season rest for the first time in a few years, I was really looking forward to getting a solid winter under my belt, fine tuning my aerobic engine before working on the higher end come the spring.  But it seems fate didn’t agree with my plan (or maybe I was the architect of my own fortune, we can discuss that another time!)…

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