Monday, January 20, 2020

Three weeks and counting...

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It’s hard to believe that in less than three weeks I will (hopefully!) have finished racing at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Auckland. What, for most of the summer, has seemed like an age away is suddenly very close and very real.

With only two weeks of ‘real’ training left it’s time to get the game face back on and knuckle down to some painful speedwork before boarding the plane.  In the meantime, I’ve got one last race to act as a sharpener (well, actually two, but more on that in a moment). This Sunday I’ll be toeing the line at the Bowood House duathlon in Wiltshire.  Now I hate duathlons (too much running for my liking!), so this should be a good chance to man-up and grit my teeth.

The 5km/20km/5km format is short enough that it shouldn’t take much out of me, but should give me plenty of opportunity to practice digging deep and making sure I give 100%.  Hopefully it will confirm that I’ve managed to build on the success at my last race and perhaps even find a little more run and bike speed.

Then the following weekend it’s off to New Zealand, via Singapore. A lovely 30 hours in airports and economy seats.  Can’t wait. No, really.

Landing on the 16th in Auckland it was questionable how wise entering the Aquathlon on the 17th was – but it turns out my coach is in favour. The short 1km swim and then 5km run should hopefully blow away the cobwebs – and I am in no doubt that the purpose of the race is simply last-minute preparation (almost a brick-training session if you like) for the big day the following Monday.

With my parents and my son arriving on the 18th, it’s going to be rather special in Auckland and I have to admit that, despite having my usual “I’m not ready!” fears, I’m really looking forward to it.

And after the race I am going to eat too much, drink too much and really not give a toss. For at least a week, until I start getting ants in my pants and feeling an overwhelming desire to run, cycle and swim again.

As for 2013, the decision is 95% made that I’m going to transition to long-course.  I’ll still do a few sprints and may even decide to have a go at qualifying for the AG world champs again (only because the race happens to be on home soil), but the focus is going to be 70.3s and maybe even a full Ironman if my knee can stand up to the increased run training volumes.

But for now the focus is arriving on the start line – or should that be swim pontoon? – in Auckland in the best possible shape and ready to close off 2012 with a solid performance.   For all you other AGers, I look forward to seeing you out there!

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Matt Fisher runs - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs