Monday, December 11, 2017

Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher runs TriathletesDiary.com - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a 2014 qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

My first encounter with the Swashbuckler middle distance triathlon, held in the beautiful New Forest, came in 2012.  It was also my first attempt at a middle distance triathlon.  A shame then that I chose the 2012 event, where the water and air temperatures were both so cold that many of us ended near-on hypothermic and there was a record number of DNFs.  I freely admit the race brought me to tears.

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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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