Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Last night I joined the Newbury Road Cycling club for another 10 mile Time Trial (TT).  I'd like to say I was relishing the chance to improve on my previous 25:30ish effort, but in truth I was dreading it!

There's something about the sheer lung-busting leg-burning effort that really doesn't appeal - but in the spirit of 'what doesn't kill me will make me faster on race day', I duly turned up ready to give it 100%.

A slight kit clusterf*ck on my part meant I had to borrow pedals and shoes (don't ask...) for the ride, but I got my number and lined up at about 7.20pm ready for the off.

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There's nothing that quite brings an age group triathlete down to earth like competing against single-sport 'specialists'.  While I've never considered myself a good runner, I would have previously described myself as a semi-decent swimmer and cyclist. 

However, I was put firmly in my place last night as I participated (I would say 'competed' but that's over-stating the occasion) in my first-ever 10 mile road Time Trial.  Now obviously I've ridden my TT bike many times in training and as part of a duathlon or triathlon - but I've never done a do-or-die 10 miles give-it-everything effort on the bike before.

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I'm painfully aware that some readers of my blog may wonder what the hell a guy with a mere 18 months of Triathlon training under his belt is doing offering advice to the wider world.  Surely there are a lot of more qualified 'experts' out there offering a more valid view?

Well, yes, and if I come across as a know-it-all I apologise! That's not my intention at all.  If anything, a lot of my blog posts are actually a method for reminding myself of training and racing principles that will benefit me as much as you - I find the process of writing my thoughts down actually forces them into my brain.

And so it was this week that I had a bit of a re-revelation.  Why a "re"-revelation?  Well, because I already knew and trusted the theory - but for various reasons I had chosen to ignore it for a while.   This week it was time to get back on the wagon.

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So as I write, I'm sat in the Sofitel hotel at Heathrow Terminal 5, just having finished a pre-flight business meeting and waiting to go upstairs to check-in for my journey to San Francisco.  But rather than being excited about the trip ahead, I find myself more frustrated that the last two weeks have seen a serious drop-off in training volume.

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So, last time out I wrote about getting myself a coach for the first time and having to learn to trust in that relationship. I also wrote about my introduction to the concept of winter base training. Well, one month in and I'd have to say things are showing signs of promise.

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