I thought I'd do a quick update on my triathlon training this summer. It's been going much better than last year (exactly one year ago I was battling a gnarly strain of the flu and was bed ridden - less than 3 weeks before the big race!)
So how is training going better this time around? Well first of all, I'm actually getting in my proper cycling. I've done a few 20+ mile rides along Brighton, and into Shoreham and Worthing. On a nice day like today, how can that not be totally awesome? It's all along the coast, too, which is a definite (and flat!) bonus.
Here's my little baby:
Last year, I was a little frightened of the drop handles, but I'm finally starting to get the hang of them. After about 20 miles my neck starts to stiffen a bit, but all in all I feel pretty good on it.
My runs have also been going well. I was battling some leg/hip/back pains last month, but I took a bit of time off, and now I feel much better. On Saturday, I did my first ever 7 mile run! And I felt great, totally in the groove and I definitely fel like I could have kept going. I've also done a brick workout, with a 12 mile cycle and a 4 mile run, and I felt pretty good. I'm looking forward to my 27 mile bike ride tonight, and my 8 mile run on Friday.
It's still tough to try and balance in 6 workouts a week, and to be honest, I'm mostly doing about 4 a week. But as long as I make sure to get my long cycle and long run in, I'm okay. The other thing I need to focus on is a couple of outdoor swims in my new wetsuit. I'm not swimming as much as I should be, but I'm glad that I'm focusing on my weaker legs. Maybe this week I'll get a proper swim in!
I also got my start time - I'm in the 8.30am wave on Sunday morning - look for number 6664! Last year, I didn't start until around 12 or so, and I felt awful all morning, too anxious. I'm glad I won't really have time to think about it, I'll get up, eat, head out and go! All in all, I'm feeling really pumped! :)