Saturday, October 21, 2017
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I’ve been a little quieter than normal lately. It seems to happen after most bigger races that I compete in; a kind of post-race blues. In one way, it makes no sense. After qualifying unexpectedly for the 70.3 World Champs in Mallorca, then quickly taking second overall at a local sprint triathlon just a week later, I should have been both over-the-moon and fired-up for upcoming races.

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It has been a while since my last update, on something of a high after setting a new PB at the Salisbury 10-mile run race in early March. Since then both quite a lot and not very much(!) has happened.

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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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With a large part of December written off from a training point of view, due to illness, I admit I selfishly wanted to use a planned break in January to try to catch up on some lost training time.  And so after much toing and froing with my partner, we eventually settled on a week in Mallorca.

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As I sit here typing, I am growing increasingly frustrated with the knock-on effects of my bout of pneumonia at the start of December. While I no longer feel short of breath when sedentary, the moment I so much as look at a bike or pair of trainers my heart rate seems to skyrocket straight into an anaerobic state. Add to that almost constant neck and shoulder pain (I’m told a symptom of the damage/repair process going on in my lungs) and you can see why this Christmas hasn’t been quite so jolly.  To be honest, I feel fat and unfit. Basically, like I was four years ago before I got into this triathlon malarkey.

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