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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!

Stag Weekender, Cambourne 10K, Swimming!

DazzaTri72by DazzaTri72Apr 14th 2013
This is now my 4th installment of this amazingly exciting blog, so strap yourselves in for another episode!
Unfortuantly my swimming is not progressing as I thought it would,the skill and technique of doing a decent front crawl seems to be beyond my very limited ability at the moment! It's very frustrating and annoying, which could be part of the problem. My SwimSmooth book will be getting a good read in the coming weeks, and let's see if I can get a smile back on my face in the pool! One thing I will not give up!
Now then, last weekend was my Stag weekend up in the frozen north...Leeds! Not glamourous I know, but it was a great weekend and it has taken me a good week to recover, having suffered with an awful cold all week and knocked any training I had planned into touch. Anyway what goes on tour stays on tour, so lets move on!
I have recently joined Bourne Wheelers Cycling Club and did a chain gang ride with them last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, this can only be good for me and I hope to improve my cycling quite a bit with the help of this very well run club. I am hoping to do a few TT's which the club organise and I hope to give my Tri bike a blast out soon, but confidence and the weather have been against me!!
Today was my 1st 10k race for about a year and since I've recovered from my PF injury, so I was quite apprehensive as picking up another injury would have put me in a bad place.
The main thing today was to keep a steady pace with a high cadence.
I was also running with my future wife who was doing only her 2nd 10K and my sister in law Carey who was doing her 1st 10k, and well done to both for getting round a very hilly and muddy coarse.
The day started with a 1K swim for me before a nice bowl of porridge, before getting into my running gear. Jo and I set off for Cambourne in plenty of time, which gave a chance for the girls to send numerous texts to each other, saying how nervous they were and what would they do with their hair in these blustery conditions!!! (I'm so pleased I don't have that problem)!
The race went ok, a bit of a scramble and lots of slow runners in front of me, but after about 1K things settled down and I got into my new high cadence gait. I really enjoyed the cross country coarse and will do it again, I clocked 45.47, so still along way off my PB, but had smile on face as foot seemed ok. I came 123rd out 950 runners so can't complain!
Next Sunday see's the my 1st Triathlon of the year at Lincoln, this should be a good one as lots of friends are doing it from the club and will no doubt be 'smashing it'!
I will sign off now and leave you with an image of a sinking brick..aka..me!
Cheers.
 
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