Monday, December 11, 2017

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I remember the time I took delivery of, and tried on, my first Great Britain Age Group triathlon suit. I won’t lie, it was quite an emotional moment. I’m not sure about you, but apart from being a semi-decent sabeur (a fencer who specializes in the sabre sword) at school where I narrowly missed out on being selected for the GB junior squad, I’d never expected to represent my country at anything.

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You might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet on Twitter lately.  I’ve been wrestling with a very difficult (for me) decision and eventually it’s time to come clean.  I won’t be going to the Ironman 70.3 world championships next month.

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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 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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