Monday, December 11, 2017
I should have known better… Flying to Dubai just days before the world champs, then racing the Cheltenham half marathon just two days later, before then again jetting off to the US on business. If that’s not a recipe for contracting man flu then I don’t know what is!

 

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Dear Mr Jenkins,

I read with interest (to put it mildly) your opinion piece on the Evening Standard website, dated 17th September.  I have to say that it was one of the most lazy pieces of journalism I have ever read, no doubt written in a hurry, designed simply for shock value and to garner favour with the 'grumpy old men' of London, and totally lacking in any form of research.

 

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It feels like I am increasingly starting my blog posts with the words "it's been a while since my last post…".  No lack of effort or enthusiasm on my part, I assure you, but it's fair to say that things have been a little busy in the 'real world' lately, leaving not enough time for triathlon.

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It hasn’t exactly been your average week in terms of training and racing. Last Sunday I kicked off a new strength and conditioning combined with nutrition program with Simon De Burgh.  Just like the plan, the reason for working with Simon is twofold – 1. I suspect that a weak(er than ideal) core is slowing me down on the run and swim and 2. I know I’ve not been eating very well lately, too much junk and convenience and not enough focus on the basics or indeed the nutrients I need for endurance training.

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So I’m back from dull and dreary Mallorca to the sunshine and warmth of a British summer. Yes, you do indeed detect a hint of sarcasm!

Coming home has been something of a shock to the system. Or maybe that’s not quite the right way of articulating it.  The fact is, I think I’m suffering from some kind of post-race blues.  I’d placed such a lot of emphasis on doing well in Mallorca that the sense of euphoria at crossing the line and smashing my sub-5 hour goal has now been replaced with a kind of emptiness.

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