Things are quiet at the moment, which is good. After a very hectic 2016 it is good finally to start slowing down. Base training is properly underway and at the moment I am really enjoying the training. Looking for ways to make it more fun I have entered into a virtual competition with Brutal Triple Legend Jim Page to see who can get to 500 miles on either a road bike, turbo or Wattbike (or a mixture of the three). Going to press Jim was about 30 miles ahead. It is also good to train with little or no pain. I have slowed things right down and apart from a back niggle I am feeling very strong. The routine consists of steady sessions on the turbo (back in the pain cave) and in the pool with a couple of 5-8 mile runs thrown in there. A couple of times a week I am doing a short sharp session to get the heart rate up, otherwise the distances and times are slowly creeping up……..
It has been good to see Claire Smith from Brutal complete what I can only imagine was a mentally tortuous task of a continuous Quin Triathlon in a gym; 5 days solid barely moving from the same spot and subjected to bright lights and loud dance music! That takes some determination and she also managed to raise over £1k for the Brain Tumour Charity – if you want to read her story and donate this link will take you to the JustGiving Page. It was a truly inspirational challenge and I look forward to an update blog from Claire.
I read a great article on how to complete a Deca the other day. The legend known as TC has shared his top tips on how to get through a Deca – very helpful to those taking on Deca UK in October. The article can be found at this link if you are interested.
I am looking forward to Christmas; it has been a busy year and I hope to get a more sensible work life balance that will free up more time to train for my challenge in 2017. Not much more to report on that as I am back there at the end of January to sort out the logistics and detail. Once in place and I have a couple of months of solid base training under my belt I plan to go live. Some of the old crew are already up for it and again I have been humbled and motivated in equal measure by the support of family and friends. It continues to remind me – No crew = No event and I am so grateful for the support I get for these events. I have been working on my training plan and the base will gradually be increasing over the weeks to 1000mins/ week by week 10
Christmas will be a restful period and while I intend to train I don’t plan to skimp on any eating and meeting up with family and friends. I appreciate that not everyone has a good time at Christmas so I will make an effort to drop friends I haven’t seen in a while a line to say hello. For anyone reading this who may feel a little bit low at Christmas – don’t! Drop me a line or get in touch with someone, have a chat and focus on the positives. Get out and do anything – walk the dog, go for a run; just do something!
I hope you all have a great Christmas if you celebrate it and all the best for your adventures and races in 2017. Thanks for all your support in 2016 and I can’t believe how far reaching this blog has gone:
Thank you and see you in 2017.