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It’s funny; you spend the whole of winter kinda wishing that the triathlon season didn’t feel so far away, and then all of a sudden it’s early March and you realize that you have just eight-and-a-bit weeks till your first ‘A’ race of the year. Gulp!

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And so skip forward a week and I find myself on the start line for the Bath Half Marathon. I was freezing and hadn’t had any kind of warm up. My own stupid fault. I hadn’t anticipated just how busy it would be at the start of the race and that there would be no space to warm up!

 

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It’s been an eventful few weeks. Having parted company with my coach on less than amicable terms, I had a week to pick myself up and get ready for the Bourton 10km road race on Sunday 23rd February. But not before ‘controversy’ enveloped me and led to some further decision-making about my 2014 season.

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Last weekend I was fortunate to be invited by the nice chaps at TFN (Total Fitness Nottingham) to visit their store and also meet with Tim from Retul bike fitting specialist, Speedhub.

The shop is something of a mecca for local cyclists, runners and triathletes, with a great selection of bikes, wetsuits, run shoes (although not my favourite Skechers!) and more.  The TFN guys Mark and Martin made me feel very welcome and it was clear to see by their interaction with other customers that TFN is a friendly place to visit, equally attractive to the seasoned pro as much as the first-time triathlete.

Part of the attraction of the invite was the offer of a free bike fit with experienced Retul fitter, Tim Lewington.  Although I’m very happy with my TT bike by Chris Newman at The Triathlon Shop in Bristol, I’d been getting some lower back pain on my road bike recently, so it seemed a great opportunity to have it checked out.

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So, unless I’m very much mistaken, another one bites the dust.  Another coach, that is.  Being dumped by your coach in the run-up to the main racing season isn’t nice. And perhaps it was avoidable. Or perhaps it just goes to show that I am uncoachable.

But am I really that difficult?  Well, looking at things as dispassionately as possible, yes and no.

 

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