Monday, December 11, 2017

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It’s hard to believe that in less than three weeks I will (hopefully!) have finished racing at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Auckland. What, for most of the summer, has seemed like an age away is suddenly very close and very real.

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If you’re a keen cyclist, the chances are you won’t have escaped the new(ish) phenomenon of ‘Strava’ (if you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last year, Strava is essentially a social media site where you can log your bike rides, runs etc and compare your performances against other Strava users). But is Strava a source of good or evil for a triathlete (or indeed cyclist or runner) in training?

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It’s hard to believe that, for such a blabbermouth, it’s been well over a month since my last blog.  What’s happened in the meantime? Well, lots and little really.

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Since my first duathlon in November 2009, I’ve managed to complete every race I’ve started (and only once not started a race I entered). There have been plenty of times I’ve questioned my sanity during a race, or dearly wanted to retire, but so far I’ve managed to see my way through to the finish line.

So hopefully you can imagine my total despair when, last night, halfway through the second bike leg of a ‘monster’ duathlon (run/bike/run/bike/run) I sat up from the aero position and prepared to make my first-ever retirement from a race.

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No, don’t worry, I haven’t gone all Ironman… But with a few folks I know doing the long course weekend in Tenby I thought I’d make a weekend of it and travel down to take part in the sea swim and the short sportive cycle ride (Coach wouldn’t let me do the full 112 miles what with Dambuster and then Shropshire ITU qualifiers in the next two weeks). It was, my coach agreed, a good last chance for a race-pace blow out before the taper.

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