Monday, October 23, 2017
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I’d heard rumours it’s always windy at Dorney Lake.  But nothing quite prepared me for the howling gales that greeted me as I parked up and got the bike out of the car for the Beijing sprint triathlon qualifier on Sunday morning. 

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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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MAD Tri teamSo today was my first multisport race of 2011; a good opportunity to test the effectiveness of my Winter base training before we get into speedwork in earnest. Matters were not helped on Friday when something in my back went 'pop!' and I've been subsequently left popping ibuprofen and cocodomol for the last 48 hours. I'm not quite sure what I've done, whether its muscular or a trapped nerve. All I know is that it's bloody painful!

Whatever, it was far from ideal timing and lead me to be in pain before I even started the race.

For once, the weather was bright (if, as always, breezy) at Castle Combe, which made a very welcome change from the usual drizzle regular competitors must have become used to. As my fourth appearance at a Chilly Duathlon, my main goal was to continue the trend of setting a PB each time.

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So today was the start of my 2011 season, with a little run around the Wokingham half marathon. This was designed to be more a test of pre-season / post base-training fitness than an all-out 'race' (I'm no distance runner...).

Having completed the Swindon Half Marathon in 1:33:52 in October 2010, the challenge was to see how much improvement I had made over the winter training.  After discussion with my coach (Mark Shepherd, @gobi_one), we settled on a target time of 1:28:00.  A definite challenge, but one we felt was within my grasp if it was "my day".

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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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