Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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It hasn’t exactly been your average week in terms of training and racing. Last Sunday I kicked off a new strength and conditioning combined with nutrition program with Simon De Burgh.  Just like the plan, the reason for working with Simon is twofold – 1. I suspect that a weak(er than ideal) core is slowing me down on the run and swim and 2. I know I’ve not been eating very well lately, too much junk and convenience and not enough focus on the basics or indeed the nutrients I need for endurance training.

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Is it really less than two weeks until my first big race of the season? Jeez, that came around quickly!

Nonetheless, it is indeed just under two weeks until Mallorca 70.3. At this point, I have stopped worrying about how fast I can swim, bike or run; stopped fretting about how many hours training I cram in each week; stopped concerning myself with how I’m going to last at least 4.5 hours of racing without needing a pee!

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In a week’s time from now (as I write), I should hopefully be sat at home reflecting on a successful first attempt at a middle-distance race, the Swashbuckler being held in the New Forest on Sunday 13th May.

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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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