Head Over Heals
by DragonRunnerJul 10th 2013
So Kalmar is getting closer, it's now less than 6 weeks away. So a little look back over the last few weeks and what has been happening. I like to say that the training has gone well. However realistically there have been periods where my mind has not been focused on the task at hand, this is now behind me, just in time. A large part of the change in mind set has been my Believe.... mantra.
Preparation events over the last few weeks have been, the 85 mile (Emlyn) route of the Merlin Sportive. This started at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, and also a 6.5km sea swim around Brownsea Island, Poole.
Taking part in the Merlin Sportive, for me was much like the Dragon Ride a few weeks before. It is on fairly local roads which I should be using for training, but find reasons not to go over these hills. The early morning start is now not a problem, and it did not take long for me to find myself on my own, really do not have the power on hills, it is almost as if my bike has a reverse gear. My usually thanks to fellow Celtic Tri members for the words of encouragement as they pass me (even thou the where on a longer and steeper route), too many to name but amongst them Adrain Peters, Reuben Morgan, Nigel Morse, the list is endless.
I was really happy with how the ride went and the way I managed the never ending hills, a few problems with feet but they did work hard that day.
Next on the list was the Brownsea Island swim, which is situated in Poole Harbour, Dorset. Again I had chosen the longer event which was is a 6.5km circumnavigation of the island. For those not aware Brownsea Island was the place that Lord Bladen-Powell held the first scout camp and is owned by the National Trust.
The swim could not have gone better, course completed in 1 hour 55 minutes, which for me was over 20 minute inside my target. I cannot say enough about the organisation of the event. RLSS Poole Lifeguards held one of the best events (competitive or otherwise), there are a lot of commercial organisations that can learn a lot about how to look after over 350 swimmers.
Talking about looking after people, one year after what for many was the greatest show on earth - 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, much has been said about the Legacy of the games.
While in the UK triathlon, is going from strength to strength there is one sector of the sport that the UK media seems to be ignoring. From what I see only the governing body is giving coverage to "Paratriathlon" in its "Trinews" and yes it did not make an appearance as an event in London, but it will be included as part of the Rio Games.
Beside the exploits of World Champion Joe Townsend, (the Brownlea's are not the only British World Champions), and many others who take part in events around the UK, who go unnoticed in local events, along side the masses, there are not many who recognise the achievements of the Challenged Athletes taking part. You will often see at a Middle or Long Distance events the likes of "Team True Sprint", along with others from independent clubs, but their endeavours do not make it in to any of the main stream Triathlon Magazines or TV. So a challenge to the British Media, get behind British Paratriathlon, lets have some pages printed or some air time along side the big guns, on those who not only have the challenge of the event to overcome but their daily challenge of their respective condition.
As for myself, I am no further forward, with getting any sort of management plan for my condition, if fact it seems the same as some reports I hear from the Parasport Classification, I appear to be too strong to warrant any sort of urgency. At present I strongly feel that If I was a smoking I would have assistance to stop, if I was alcohol dependant I would have assistance to stop and if I abused substances I would have assistance to stop.
However I have problems with mobility and balance and you guessed it, getting any form of assistance is more difficult than any of the challenges I have had in my life so far. Is there something askew with the health system? It,s almost as I if I have to go 'Head over Heals' to get some assistance.
There is some good news from fellow challenged triathletes from around the world, congratulations to James Cuizon who completed IM Coeur D'Alene, as a Challenged Athlete, and now goes on to complete in his home state - so a Happy Hawaii person. I wish him all the best in his training for Kona.
The final few weeks for me will see the Wales Swim in Tenby and the Wales Middle Distance Triathlon as get my final preparations for Kalmar together. Again as normal thank you for your support and remember I have chosen to support "Scope" in my endeavours which will also see the Great North Run as part of this fund-raising in September. If you can assist have a look at the support pages.
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