The answer to that question is not 6 weeks! Having tried to string out a peak for 4 weeks to Dambuster I took the following week off as a transition week and started some steady endurance work in the week leading up to Norwich. Being the big regional race and our club flagship event I didn’t want to embarrass myself, but equally it fell at an awkward time and made it into my schedule as a training event. That’s not to say I wasn’t going to go hard, but I trained up to the race with minimal recovery afterwards.Read More
This was most definitely my A-Race for the season, although I’d tried to peak for Nottingham 4 weeks before it was the Standard Distance Race that I was desperate to qualify for at this years World Championships. Having raced the week before Nottingham and again the week after, I’d aimed to keep my form and speed, whilst hoping that my endurance would just about hold out without my usual training volume. It was further put to the test after a wonderful present from my daughters first week at nursery- a gastroenteritis bug that laid me flat the Monday of the race. Thank you Eva. Fortunately it passed as quickly as it arrived and I was back training , all be it a little restrained by Wednesday.
“I’m racing at beautiful Grafham Water next month and I’ve got a long weekend off work, how about we book somewhere nice and make a family weekend of it?” I said to my wife a while back. Now she’s no mug, but she is a good sport and conceded to letting me plan a 3 day jaunt as long as it had minimal sporting emphasis. I needed to make the trip memorable, but not for triathlon reasons so I set about finding us suitable a base in the area. Unfortunately, our family includes two dogs and with Huntingdon lacking a great tourist pull the only accommodation I could find was a static caravan adjacent to the A14Read More
I’d made no bones about it, this was a priority for the year, along with Dambuster in 3 weeks time, this was a basket with a fair number of eggs in it. I find it a real help to have a clear focus and goal, in terms of trying to manage training most effectively, but what doesn’t sit quite so well is the pressure you feel when an A-Race looms. Being my one chance at qualification for this years Sprint World Championships I needed to be fresh, while keeping training at a level sufficient to prevent any loss of fitness before Dambuster in 3 weeks time. I’d taken 3 days to recover after St Neots, then trained hard for a week and had 3 easy days leading up to Nottingham, which had left me feeling pretty good all in all.Read More
The aim of my first race this year was as both a gauge of fitness and preparation for the imminent World Championship Qualifiers that I’ve set my sights on for season goals. I hadn’t raced any of the NiceTri events before, but they’ve got a whole series this year including a couple of Eastern Region league races, which this first Sprint race contributes to. That usually guarantees a good turn out and the 350 competitors racking up in transition on race morning was more than even the race organisers had anticipated.Read More
This race was my first planned race of the 2013 season and although cross country Duathlons arn’t exactly my chosen event I needed something to try and focus the mind and kick start my training. Since the arrival of our baby daughter I’ve found consistent training pretty tricky and sustaining any sort of decent weekly volume impossible. When I have managed a solid week or two it knackers me out so much I seem to immediately succumb to the latest ailment brought back from baby dippers, messy music or which ever toddler group the girls are attending! Still, I’m trying to be as adaptable as possible, and if she continues to sleep like a dream and my wife retains the patience of a saint I’ll hopefully slowly regain some fitness.Read More