I feel lost

21 11 2011
I wrote this a few weeks ago, I was feeling really down about the whole training thing… but it’s improving. I wasn’t going to post this, but felt that I should as the main point of this is a log of what I’ve done, how I’ve felt and all that jazz… I hope to occasionally be helpfull, and so hopefully this will help someone. This loss of training momentum has also been the reason for the loss of postings on here.

I don’t know what to do anymore. I should be training, but I don’t have the motivation and the desire to do it at the moment.

I’m also injured; I have “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome” which is what I always referred to as Shin Splints in the past.

The following is ridiculously self pitying, but I think to write it down will be quite cathartic. With that in mind, you might not want to bother reading it, and perhaps go to a website dedicated to Halloween costumes for dogs, they’re worrying and amusing.

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The Occasional Mistake…

17 10 2011
I had an excellent Biology teacher at school, Mrs. Nowacka; one of the things she always said was that we shouldn’t worry about getting things wrong, so long as we learn from our mistakes.

I try to live by this, but sometimes I lapse. One repeated mistake usually occurs when I have a train journey coming up and nothing to read. I peruse the shelves of magazines and consider something about Classic Cars, Land Rovers or another tri magazine telling me exactly the same stuff as the last one I read did. The tri magazine tends to win, but occasionally I make a mistake.

I see something on the shiney cover and I think “that looks interesting” and before I know it I’ve done it… I’ve bought a men’s wellbeing magazine. There are several of them, some are worse than others, but they are always shit. Read the rest of this entry »

The IronMan Cometh…

28 07 2011

I’ve not written on here for a while; I’ve been trying not to think too much about the IronMan, I’ve been trying not to be whelmed by it. I’ve succeeded some times, I’ve failed at others; I’ve had weird dreams where I’ve missed swim starts and others I’ve woken up falling off my bike.

It’s been a long journey, but the time is coming; soon I will take part in my first IronMan.

In early 2007 Triathlon had been in the back of my mind for a little while, when a girl in a queue for a nightclub seemed impressed that I “did” triathlon it wasn’t long before I entered my first sprint and was in awe of even the idea of an IronMan. Each part of it seems like a pretty big undertaking:

  • 2.4 mile swim (equal to 152 lengths of a pool, but in a lake, with about 1,800 other people)
  • 112 mile bike ride
  • 26.2 mile run

No breaks, just change of footwear/headwear and from one to the next.

 The world record stands at 7:41. The cut off time is 17 hours. I intend to be somewhere between them.

My Argon-18 E-114 with some borrowed wheels, which I sadly won't be using because they don't fit 😦

 The plan is to paddle, pedal and plod. Enjoy the good bits, and remember in the bad bits that “this too will pass”.

 How do I feel?

I’ve missed most of the last week and a half’s training, I’ve had a cold, Man-Flu some would call it, but feeling really light headed and nauseous in any significant efforts – climbing the stairs has been about my limit. So I would summarise how I feel with:

  • Fat
  • Tired
  • Snotty
  • Underprepared

But I’ve read several times that it’s better to turn up for a race under trained than over-trained, and I certainly don’t feel over-trained!

How should the day pan out?

The perfect day would be a 1:10 swim, a 6:59 bike and a 3:49 run, just sneaking under the 12 hour mark. First time out I think I’d be pretty pleased with just completing it… though I know I expect more from myself than just completing it.

You spin me right round baby, right round…

11 07 2011

Or, “How I placed 2nd in my last race…”


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The problem with moving the bar is…

26 05 2011

You don’t know where to buy a drink.

On 22nd May I did a Middle Distance Race, AKA a Half-IronMan. But it turned out it wasn’t really, apparently the swim was a little long, the bike a little long, and the run about 2 miles short! Overall it probably came up about even.

How did it go? Well, I’ll write up a proper race report at some point in the near future, but my total time was 5 hours, 9 minutes, and forty-something seconds.

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