Saturday, October 21, 2017

I fully accept that writing material destined for public consumption from a position of (at least partial) ignorance is dangerous and usually best avoided. But having been party to a twitter conversation over the last few days, it got me thinking and inevitably that led me to start tapping away on the keyboard, if only to get my own views on the matter in order.

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Is it really less than two weeks until my first big race of the season? Jeez, that came around quickly!

Nonetheless, it is indeed just under two weeks until Mallorca 70.3. At this point, I have stopped worrying about how fast I can swim, bike or run; stopped fretting about how many hours training I cram in each week; stopped concerning myself with how I’m going to last at least 4.5 hours of racing without needing a pee!

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It has been a while since my last update, on something of a high after setting a new PB at the Salisbury 10-mile run race in early March. Since then both quite a lot and not very much(!) has happened.

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When not pretending to be a triathlete, one of my ‘real world’ responsibilities is running marketing for a software company. In that role, I’m familiar with the economics of sponsorship: put simply, an organization speculates to accumulate. It spends money, gives away product (or whatever) in the hope that the ultimate result will be that people view the brand and its products more favorably and thus ultimately buy said products.

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As I sit here typing, I am growing increasingly frustrated with the knock-on effects of my bout of pneumonia at the start of December. While I no longer feel short of breath when sedentary, the moment I so much as look at a bike or pair of trainers my heart rate seems to skyrocket straight into an anaerobic state. Add to that almost constant neck and shoulder pain (I’m told a symptom of the damage/repair process going on in my lungs) and you can see why this Christmas hasn’t been quite so jolly.  To be honest, I feel fat and unfit. Basically, like I was four years ago before I got into this triathlon malarkey.

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