Be not afraid of going slow .......
by DragonRunnerSep 6th 2012
When looking at how my training has gone over the last few weeks - the Chinese proverb "be not afraid of going slow, be afraid only of standing still" is something that I have been thinking about quite a bit when out on the road, especially when numerous people are passing me, it would be easy to give up.
So it's now only a few weeks left before Ironman Wales, and at present I am going into the race open minded, training has been OK. Like a lot of others I am feeling that, have I done enough training, and looking at my plan yes I am down on where I should be, losing a little over 25% of my plan in all of the three disciplines.
In an attempt to evaluate this, there are a number of reasons, some of which have been out of my hands, the biggest is the great British weather, which once again is not the best we have had. Others are something which I could have done something about and should have had more control over, but thats the learning curve. May be a bit late but have started to put those right.
As for the events over the last few weeks, there have been a couple of long open water swims, namely the Swansea to Mumbles Pier and 2.5k in Bournemouth. Both of which the sea conditions were not the best, which meant some interesting swims, with a bit more swallowing of the local water than expected. Something which was disappointing was having events cancelled and / or moved to different dates, which meant that I was unable to get to them, this does not help long term training plans.
The greatest step forward for me over the last few weeks has been to take my healthcare into my own hands and not wait for the system (NHS) to take its slow course. To date there have only been a few physio sessions, however there is already a big difference in how my CMT is reacting to the training I am putting my body through. It's always easy in hindsight to say I should have done things differently, but in this case nothing could be more true. The effect not only on my body but my mind as well, cannot be over estimated.
It has made a big difference, for a change when telling a someone how I feel and that they have actual accepted what I say I do, and not put me down or dismiss it which has been the case with some healthcare professionals. It apparently is hard to understand why I wish to take part in endurance events. Getting the message across about my feelings. Which mainly to me is normal as I cannot remember anything different, it is normal for me to have some level of discomfort in a joint / limb, it's a case of just getting on with it, I have two options "give in" or "dig deep", I think those that know me can get the right answer to that.
Another big boast has been watching the Paralympics in London, I have not heard of anyone with a similar condition taking part, however can appreciate what each one goes through on a daily basis to get to where you are - the challenge to the UK including the press is not to forget Parasport in a few weeks when the current level of press coverage stops.
So for me the next few weeks will be a busy one, I am going in to Ironman Wales with mixed emotions, I know I will need to have a good day to just get passed the bike leg. So we will see how it goes, either way it will be on to Ironman Sweden next August. A different course that holds a different challenge.
The other big event for me will be my last open water race of the year at the end of the month with a 5k swim in Somerset. It is then on to winter training which starts with the Cardiff Half Marathon and the Great South Run in Portsmouth.
Before I finish this blog, I must say a big thank you to all the coaches and members of Celtic Tri who over the last few months have kept me going in the build up to Tenby, I cannot put into words how much this has meant to me.
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