Saturday, October 21, 2017
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So, despite a reasonably full-on week (not to mention a short-lived bout of man flu!), I managed another course-specific PB at Bristol's Ashton Court parkrun on Saturday. Still only 19:27 on what is a hilly course (take a look at the course profile on my Garmin trace here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/145209717), but a decent 46-second improvement over my first attempt at the course just before Christmas (to be fair, the wind has a BIG impact on times and that first week was VERY windy!).

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After putting in a solid (for me!) 14-hour training week, I wasn’t all that amused to wake up on Monday morning with what felt like the onset of heavy man-flu (which as we all know, is a far more serious kind of cold than any woman could ever comprehend!). I was further irritated as my plan for the week ahead from Mark Shepherd showed distinct signs of a continued ramp-up ahead of my first ‘test’ of the triathlon pre-season.

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So I finally did my first open water swim of 2011 on Friday.  With the unseasonally warm weather here in the UK at the moment, the water temperature at Lake 32 (near Cirencester) wasn't bad at all.  I think the fact the lake is quite shallow helps the water temperature rise more quickly than some of the deeper quarry lakes.

As someone who is a self-confessed hater of crowded swimming pools and the monotony of 25 metre lengths (oh for a 50m pool...!) it was so nice to get away from chlorine, slower swimmers blocking your way and the featureless landscape of swimming pool tiles. 

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I recently conducted a Twitter poll which seemed to confirm a widely-held view that as triathletes, we consider our worst discipline to be swimming (for the record, I chose running, but then unlike many triathletes, I don’t come from a running background).

Of the 78 people that responded to my survey, 51% chose swimming as their weakest of the triathlon sports, compared to 24% for running and 22% for cycling (well done to the 3% who declared themselves ‘superb at all three’!).  But why is it that triathletes struggle with swimming?

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