Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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With a large part of December written off from a training point of view, due to illness, I admit I selfishly wanted to use a planned break in January to try to catch up on some lost training time.  And so after much toing and froing with my partner, we eventually settled on a week in Mallorca.

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Last weekend I made a breakthrough; one that was a long time coming and one frankly at times I felt I’d never achieve. OK, so in the grand scheme of things going sub-19 minutes for a 5km running race isn’t all that ground-breaking, people do it every week. But for a triathlete who started off barely being able to run a 23-minute 5km 18 months ago, it was a pivotal moment.

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Having qualified for the World Sprint Triathlon Champs at Speedy Beaver on Sunday, it was tempting to not race Shropshire standard/oly distance on Sunday 5th. However, coach and I discussed it and decided it would be good training and race experience ahead of the Dambuster triathlon in two weeks.

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I've been asked by my friends on Twitter a number of times if I'd be prepared to share a little more detail on my training.  Of course, I'm more than happy to help newcomers to triathlon to get started and to understand the purpose of different training sessions.  But there is a very large caveat!  Everyone is different and this training schedule is mine!  That's not to say you're not welcome to borrow from it, but please bear in mind how it will need to be translated to your training needs, race schedule and fitness level.  Or better still, speak to my coach Mark Shepherd and I'm sure he'd be more than happy to discuss with you how to improve your cycling and running.

So let's get started - and by all means feel free to ask questions on here or Twitter.

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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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