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Welcome to my world.I'm going through a mid life crisis and trying to be the best i can at triathlon with very limited ability! I work as aTrain Driver on the East Coast Main Line, and thought writing this blog would show people who work awful shifts can try and fit in a great sport and keep you fit! I've just been selected to be an ambassador for Xterra Wetsuits so expect plenty of pictures in their wetsuits!

End of season BRJ Duathlon, winter training and my Mum!!

DazzaTri72by DazzaTri72Nov 13th 2014
After the euphoria of the Vitruvian and the buzz that came with it, it's always hard to find the motivation to get going again.
Luckily I had a local Duathlon booked in at the end of September, it was to take place near where I grew up, so it had to be done! The Abbotts Ripton race was organised by Huntingdon based club,BRJ.
The sun was shining for our start,and conditions were good. I must admit,when I registered in the village hall,and saw the selection of cakes and biscuits, my face lit up and I instantly fell in love with this race!! The ladies set off 1st,with us men starting a minute after, my aim was to chase as many down in the 1st run which was an off road 5k.The top runners were flying! I got back into T1 and headed off on the 20k bike ride, a cracking course on quiet country roads,the bike went well and I made up a few places, coming into T2 my legs felt tired, heading out on to the short 2nd run was painful, I can honestly say I left nothing out there. I crossed the line in about 18th place and felt done in!! One thing for it....cake! I filled my boots!! It was lovely to have 'coach' John there, what a great supporter he is! My bro, sis in law and their 2 boys were there too, and hopefully they will race Duathlon or tri one day!!
A brilliant race and fab organisation made for a thoroughly enjoyable race, once the sick feeling had gone!!
So that's the end of my season, I think all in all I've had a reasonably good one and feel like I've improved.
Now winter is here, I do find it hard getting out there to train, I'm working hard on my swim with Lynne Chapman, who coaches Deeping's swim squad, a brilliant coach whom I trust.Just a pity our local pool charge so much for lane hire...grrrrr...
I do not have a definite plan for running or biking at the moment, I guess for Nov/Dec it will be keeping fit on the rollers,turbo training and doing some off road runs which I enjoy. I guess in January I will pick things up again and work towards "The Grafman".
Earlier this month we had some news that was a kick in the teeth, and something that will be our family's biggest battle and challenge yet!
My Mum gave us the news that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.My mum is someone who is very fit and active, eats healthy foods and has a good outlook on life! In a way it makes me so angry that my mum has "The big C".The general population of the UK seem to be unhealthy and lazy, and yet my mum gets this....why??? At the moment it seems unreal, and to be honest,it has hit me for 6. We are a close family and have an amazing support network. We all know the next 6 months will be a roller coaster and will support mum and love her all the way through this crappy disease.
Obviously this is also hard for my Dad,who is Mr positive, but sometimes the carer needs a pint or a glass of red,and to go "Arggggggghhhhhhh!!"
So what's the point of me writing this in a Triathlon Blog???? As triathletes we all face huge challenges and battles to achieve our aims and beat our goals. But this is the biggest battle I have personally faced, and one I know, as a family we will all get through and beat our challenger!!???
I've also felt like I needed to write something down as I don't always voice my feelings and don't hug as much as I should, so I make no apologies for adding something 'personal' to the usual drivel I write on hear!!
So there we have it, another blog written, another tri season over and a new challenge to face!

Be positive, train safely and above all embrace those around you.

Dazza xxx
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