Saturday, October 21, 2017
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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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Don’t get too excited, we’re talking ‘naked’ as in stripped down, not stripped bare (sorry ladies)!

I’ve written numerous times before around the ‘appliance of science’ to my triathlon training, whether it’s using heart rate zones, hitting specific paces, performing lactate threshold testing or VO2 max tests.  But with a new run coach has come a new instruction: “ditch the Garmin!”.

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So it’s been a little while since my last update, and as I’m sat here on a Sunday evening (the training plan says an hour’s easy run, the body says that after twenty hours this week, don’t be so bloody stupid!) I thought I might as well write a little update on the last couple of weeks.

If you’ve been reading previous blog posts, you’ll know all-too-much already about my knee issues. While I can’t unfortunately report any miraculous recovery, I can at least say that things might at least be getting no worse. In addition to my nightly appointments with the foam roller and tennis ball, I think there are two main factors playing a role in this.

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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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It feels like ages since my last blog update.  In fact it’s only nine days or so, but I guess that just illustrates the immediacy of social media and the web!

I toyed with the idea in the days after my last race (Marlborough, my first AG win) with a follow-up post entitled ‘Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea!’.  The truth is that I spent the next three days after the race in a lot of pain and could hardly walk.

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