Saturday, November 17, 2018

I usually do some form of blog or training update in the week or two leading up to a race, but this time I wanted to keep things quiet for a couple of reasons:  1 - I wanted to remove as much pressure from myself as possible and 2 - I really wanted to do my utmost to treat this as 'just' a training race.  Even before I'd entered, my coaches and I were already clear that this wasn't in any way an 'A' race - it was just a run out to see where my relative strengths and weaknesses currently lie.

 

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…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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