Let "Hell Month" begin
by DragonRunnerJun 3rd 2012
OK so lets get back into habits, which for me I really need to do, over the last few weeks / months this has become a problem, and the biggest barrier to this was my mental attitude. Mainly because I have being wait on others. I know I have some health issues and only wish that those in the know would put a "tag" on the condition. So the waiting game continues, and I have let it get to me over the last few weeks. Strangely enough just writing this blog helps.
The positive over this period have been on the whole good with me managing to meet my goals. The main ones where:-
Tour of Pembrokeshire
A 75 mile cycle sportive around North Pembrokeshire, a new area for me ~ my target for the day was to complete the course, which I managed. Time not good but that was not part of the target, did have a few mechanical problems which seems to be reoccurring but that a different story. There were some good climbs on the course, some of which got the better of me.
The first of this year tri's, and the target was a sub 2hrs. Not only did I make my target, I managed course PB's in all three disciplines, which helped with the attitude problems and even better when the swim leg was 250m long and still a better time than previous years.
Speedo Eton 10k Swim
This was one of my "A Races" for the year. A little bit apprehensive leading up to it as this is one of the longest distance swim since my teenage years. The water temperature was good, this was helped by the hot weather the preceding week. The course was an easy one to swim and finish in 3 hours 15, this was a good 20 minutes within my target time. Looking back I may repeat the experience next year.
Overall happy with the way it went, a few areas that need addressing, but considering the terrain on the run cannot complain. I think the biggest area is the need to relax on the run, spend too much time thinking / looking where my feet were landing.
It is at this point I must thanks all the support from my fellow Celtic Tri'ers, cannot put it into words how good they are at supporting each other.
I still need (probably will always need to) work on my running, over the last few months have concentrated on shorter sessions at a higher intensity than before with a mixture of track and road drill sessions. I must at this point thanks the session coaches Andrew and Paul, for putting up with me.
Overall I am down on my training plan, but looking back not as far down as this point in 2011, and focused on different areas. This month (June) is "Hell Month" where / if I get through it will decide on the training plan for the rest of the period leading up to Tenby in September.
One of my main focal points for the month is to be my diet, including when racing as this is not existent at present, I have a few ideas to try out. The second area is specially after the Brecon Tri is to find some trail run and learn to relax.
Operation Abba - The Reunion (Just #believe)
My next race
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