Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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My original title for this blog was “Warning: Grumpy, broken triathlete”. But it’s a fair reflection on a sad state of affairs that right now I can’t even call myself a triathlete. To be a triathlete (in my book), you actually have to race!.

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Last Sunday saw the last race of the Wessex Cyclocross league and, despite a near-fatal bout of man-flu (is there any other kind?!), I wasn’t going to miss the season finale; partly because it was the last race, partly because it was on my doorstep and partly because I needed the points in order to be ‘gridded’ for the start of next season.

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Wow, another two months since my last blog post. I think my silence probably sums up things pretty well. I haven’t been a happy bunny. There’s no escaping just how crap I feel after messing up not just one, but both of my ‘A’ races for 2015. I really wanted to do well in Alcatraz and at the 70.3 World Champs. And I ballsed them both up.

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The story begins in Kornberg, Denmark, last September.  A crisis of confidence, and a reluctance to spend a small fortune travelling to race I didn’t feel ready for, led me to defaulting on my place at the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mont Tremblant, Canada.  Instead, I accepted a free place to race the 70.3 in Kronborg, home of Hamlet’s Castle, the following weekend.

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If you’ve been training for any period of time, it’s likely you’ve at least heard of – if not had done – a Lactate Threshold test.   In very simple terms (a more verbose and helpful description of Lactate Threshold can be found here:  http://trainright.com/the-performance-benefits-of-lactate-threshold-testing-and-training/) your Lactate Threshold (or LT) is the point at which there is a significant build-up of lactate in the muscles because the body can no longer flush it out.

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