Thursday, November 23, 2017

…and so it was I found myself racking up for the Bristol Harbourside Triathlon on Sunday morning. My second of two opportunities to qualify for the Age Group World Champs being held in London in September.  After the competition at Deva had been so high, I wasn’t really holding out too much hope at the Bristol sprint race (the longer the race, the better for me!).

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I'll try to keep this one short, just for a change. That's partly for your sake as a reader but also partly because it didn't turn out to be a race that I particularly want to dwell on.

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For once, I'm actually a bit lost for where to start this update. I guess the story actually begins back in Auckland last October. As you may recall from my report at the time, I didn't really enjoy the experience. I had a poor swim and run, which led to quite a few changes, including the decision to part company with my then coach (no insult to his capabilities, I just I felt I needed a new approach). I was also a bit disillusioned with the whole Brit Tri Age Group scene.  And, to be honest, I was a bit burned out.

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Of all the multi-sports formats, I have to admit the standard distance duathlon (10km run, 40km bike, 5km run) is probably my least favourite. But then, as I’m sure some saying or another goes – you should do more of what you enjoy least.

And so today, my 2013 preparation continued with the small Kinetic-One standard distance duathlon at the Castle Combe motor racing circuit, organized by DB Max.

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Having left it too late to enter any of the local early-year half-marathons (thanks to a combination of feeling like crap in December and possibly an upsurge in sporting interest thanks to last year’s Olympics, I suspect), a quick search around on the web found me entering the Salisbury 10-mile road race.  For the last couple of years, I’d used an early half as a gauge for how well my winter base training had gone.  This year, with my first ‘official’ 70.3 race fast approaching in May, it seemed especially pertinent to get some race experience at half-marathon distance.   Oh well, it’s three miles short, but should still be a good indicator of current fitness.

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