Monday, August 20, 2018

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 two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

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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When I started this blog, I chose the title "Triathlete's Diary" as I thought it would be interesting (hopefully) to chronicle my training and path through my triathlon exploits.

In truth, it has been less a diary and more a sporadic collection of thoughts.  But someone asked me a question recently which made me think that maybe a diary wasn't such a bad idea.

The question was simple.  It went something like "how on earth do you train when you travel so much?".  It's a fair question, especially as I do travel more than most.  I chose a career path a few years ago that sees me away from home almost as much as I manage to sleep in my own bed. In August 2013, I made it "worse" by choosing to work for a company not even based in the UK. As a career move it has been fantastic. But for training it can be a nightmare.

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