Friday, July 20, 2018

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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I’ll admit straight away that it would have been much easier NOT to write this report.  No one really wants to read about races that sucked, and so it would have been very tempting to gloss over Sunday’s race.  But in the spirit of honesty and transparency, I thought I’d better do a short write up, even though it’s going to make uncomfortable writing.

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The hooter went without warning. This is it, head down, let battle commence.

Rewind a few days and there I was in Auckland, preparing for my second appearance at an ITU age group triathlon world championships. The weather wasn't playing ball. Or maybe it was just playing with us triathletes. The wind was seriously strong, the heavens were opening on a regular basis and it was cold. Pretty much all the conditions you don't want for a triathlon.

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With final preparations for the ITU Age Group World champs in Auckland well underway, my coach and I agreed a last little race before I leave would be a good idea. And with Bowood House just a 30-minute drive away, the sprint duathlon fitted the bill nicely.

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After my last blog about the need to pull myself out of a bit of a slump and get my head back in the game, this past weekend I chose to enter a local sprint triathlon – and then my coach decided since it was a Bank Holiday here in the UK, I could do a 25-mile TT on the Monday too!

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