Sunday, September 23, 2018

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As the season draws to a close, I thought it might be an opportune moment to reflect on some of the lessons learned from my first attempt at focusing properly on middle-distance, 70.3, or half-ironman, whatever you want to call it. Now as usual, there's a big fat caveat coming up. I am NOT a triathlon pro or coach. Just another average Joe who's trying to impart some hard-earned knowledge in the hope that it helps fellow amateurs.

Now to be fair, 2013 wasn't the first time I tried middle distance, and with having to miss my final planned race of the year (Lanza 70.3) due to work commitments, it didn't exactly all go to plan (distracting myself with qualifying for the ITU Age Group world champs wasn't ideal, either).  But I did manage to learn a few lessons along the way, as well as identifying some more key areas to focus on for 2014.

So if you're currently competing at sprint or olympic distances, but are looking to step up in distance for 2014, hopefully the advice below will set you on the right path.

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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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