Some of you may remember that I rather foolishly commited to entering a Triathlon in January. So I thought I would provide an update on my ‘training’ so far…
I think it’s fair to say that training has been mixed, at best!
However, following a conversation with our Sports Nutritionist Sarah, I have now decided to make my Triathlon a sponsored event, which has helped my training immensely. Sarah visited a small Charity supporting an orphanage and school for disabled children in Kenya, which is helped out by some British Physios. She was so moved by their work, that she asked if there was anything we could do to help. I offered to make my Triathlon a sponsored event.
Any sponsorship would of course be very welcome, if you click the link below, I’d be very grateful.
On to my training…..
I started like a man possessed, with running and swimming, until I was hampered by a small injury, which stopped my running. Cycling wasn’t going too well either ,due to a lack of bike, and then I got flu, which stopped me completely for 3 weeks!
However, I have now purchased a second hand bike and recovered from my injury and flu, so I’m off again.
For the cycle nuts out there I got a Cannondale Synapse Carbon frame bike, which has been fantastic. After an excellent service and some advice from http://www.thumbprinttuning.co.uk/ I was off. After the compulsory few falls getting used to the cleats, I can honestly say that riding has been great fun. I have been cycling into work 2-3 x per week, it’s only 6 miles each way, but it’s a start.
Running, swimming and cycling wise, I now have a much more structured training regime courtesy of Andy at http://exercisescienceconsulting.co.uk/ which has added a huge variety to my training. This has really helped to focus me and keep me interested. He has even offered a VO2 Max and Lactate threshold testing, which I am building up to!
My current regime is a run 1-3 x per week including hills, intervals and longer run; 2-3 rides per week which again would ideally include hill and/or intervals (to be honest I havent managed that yet) and 1-2 swims per week.
Things which have really motivated me so far have been
1. Making my event sponsored, for a charity I really believe in.
2. Getting some new shiny kit!
3. Getting a sensible structured training regime.
4. Persuading a friend to do the event too, even if he is Physio to World Class Triathletes and has been getting advice from the best in the business!
5. Downloading some classic albums to listen to whilst running. This has been huge, as I have been struggling with running, which was previously my favourite sport.
6. Reading some great books and websites, such as Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn, Triathlon Swimming made Easy (Total Immersion swimming) and swimsmooth.com
If anyone out there is considering an event be it Triathlon, Run, Cycle or Swim, I’d say give it a go, get some Professional advice and some new kit, and get going.
I’ll keep you posted on my efforts!
Ocean Physio & Rehab