Sunday, September 23, 2018

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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As I write, it’s now been four days since my last training session, and looks like it will be at least as long again until I am able to do any physical exercise.  This was not part of the plan.

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Recently I was fortunate to be one of only nine amateur athletes to be selected from a field of over 900 applicants to take part in Science in Sport’s (SiS) ‘Winter Academy’.  The idea behind the scheme is to take a handful of us amateurs and give us the opportunity to both work with nutritionists and product experts at SiS, as well as sample some of their different products to see how they work for us.

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Determined that on the back of a mixed experience in Auckland, I was going to put in a really solid few months of winter training, I decided about a month ago that I was going to have my lactate threshold (LT) tested for both the bike and run.  And since it was easy to do the VO2 Max testing at the same time, I might as well get that done too.

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If you had asked me three months what my plans for 2013 were, my answer would have been quick and simple: move up to half ironman and see if I can be more successful at middle distance than Olympic.

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