Thursday, October 18, 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

Of the various triathlon-related books I’ve read over recent years, the one that I’ve enjoyed the most is probably Macca’s “I’m here to win”. Although I only really became aware of Macca when he attempted to qualify for the Aussie 2012 Olympic team – by which time it was clear he couldn’t keep pace with the ‘young guns’ – several things in his book struck a chord with me.

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For once I don’t actually feel much like writing this race report. I’m not entirely sure why; probably because yesterday’s race was littered with things that didn’t exactly go to plan and as such I have very mixed feelings on the event.

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Clearly blog posts on TriathletesDiary are like buses… You wait forever for one, then three turn up in rapid succession.  This time it’s a quick(?!) report on this weekend’s Cotswold 113 middle distance triathlon.

As you’ll know from recent posts, it’s been a busy time recently, what with getting married, working abroad etc.  As such, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this weekend.  With hindsight, I probably wouldn’t have entered the race had I realized how the training beforehand would be disrupted.

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For all my whining about having post-race blues, I neglected to mention that actually things haven’t been going all that badly lately!

In fact, I’ve managed to set both PBs for my 10-mile and 25-mile cycling TTs, as well as a new course PB on the 5km Newbury parkrun.   If I sound surprised, it’s because I am.  For various reasons – not least of which is the training program set by my coach – I’ve done little or no speed work lately; just a massive focus on steady-rate aerobic work.

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I’ve been a little quieter than normal lately. It seems to happen after most bigger races that I compete in; a kind of post-race blues. In one way, it makes no sense. After qualifying unexpectedly for the 70.3 World Champs in Mallorca, then quickly taking second overall at a local sprint triathlon just a week later, I should have been both over-the-moon and fired-up for upcoming races.

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