Monday, December 11, 2017

So it's been two weeks since the joy of the Swashbuckler middle distance triathlon (see previous post for the full lowdown). The first week after the race was difficult, as I'd manage to somehow do some mischief to my left knee (the right one is usually the problem!) and my calves were knotted solid for a good three or four days after the race.

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In a week’s time from now (as I write), I should hopefully be sat at home reflecting on a successful first attempt at a middle-distance race, the Swashbuckler being held in the New Forest on Sunday 13th May.

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On the back of my win (see previous blog post) at the Abbeyfield Time Trial on Sunday 15th April, I had my first taste of a proper 10-mile road Time Trial the following Tuesday. Running on roads adjacent to the Severn Estuary, howling winds and driving rain should have perhaps been expected.

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On Saturday I had agreed with my coach, Mark Shepherd, to run the Newbury parkrun (Mark and Rachael Elliott run the event). As I'm currently living in Bristol, this means a 140-mile round trip (all for a 20-minute race!), so is no light undertaking.

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So it’s been a little while since my last update, and as I’m sat here on a Sunday evening (the training plan says an hour’s easy run, the body says that after twenty hours this week, don’t be so bloody stupid!) I thought I might as well write a little update on the last couple of weeks.

If you’ve been reading previous blog posts, you’ll know all-too-much already about my knee issues. While I can’t unfortunately report any miraculous recovery, I can at least say that things might at least be getting no worse. In addition to my nightly appointments with the foam roller and tennis ball, I think there are two main factors playing a role in this.

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