Saturday, October 21, 2017
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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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On Saturday I had agreed with my coach, Mark Shepherd, to run the Newbury parkrun (Mark and Rachael Elliott run the event). As I'm currently living in Bristol, this means a 140-mile round trip (all for a 20-minute race!), so is no light undertaking.

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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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So let’s get the excuses out of the way right now.  I was tired from my exploits at Dambuster plus a full week’s worth of heavy training.  Newbury Duathlon was not an A race by any means, but having competed in the pilot event in 2010, I was keen to measure my improvements over the last 12 months.

And so it was that I lined up with the other 181-odd competitors on Saturday morning, with legs as heavy as lead and a very tight left hamstring.  The start was on a sports field still damp with morning dew, which is I suspect what lead to the guy in front of me taking a faceplant within 50 metres or so of the starting ‘gun’.  Unfortunately, I went down straight over the top of him!  Somehow I think managed to commando roll back into an upright position and was back in the main pack.

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