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"Are you limited by your Challenges" or "are you challenging your limits"

I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' 2017 my goal was the Lake Zurich 26km Marathon Swim.

Where do I go from here? #destinationunknown

The future is in my hands.

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerFeb 28th 2014
So I have started the BTF Level 2 Coaching Course, this is a massive step for me, beside the technically knowledge of coaching (some of which is similar to teaching), it is increasing my knowledge of the run and bike discipline along the way. This is not only helping me personally with analysis body movements and how I can adapt what is considered as " gold standard" but I now look at various runners and bikers styles in a way I not done before and look to evaluate fine points of their technique.

As well as my new coaching commitment I have also taken over the role as Club Secretary for Celtic Tri, and I am sure that with the support of the members that this voluntary role will be an enjoyable undertaking. I am looking forward to working with the team of other volunteers that run this club which has given me so much to believe in. I will take this opportunity to say that all views in these blogs (and my Facebook / Twitter sites) are my own. I do not intend to use this blog in any way different to what the previous posts have been.

The last time around I was thinking about the consequences of not starting a few runs that I had planned. The first run which was the 10k Love Run in Cardiff was easy. due to the recent bad weather the event has been moved to June. However it is Bath Half Marathon that I have taken a major decision in not starting. This is a first for me, but I feel is a wise one. As it goes this week I am struggling to run a mile, without my legs feeling that they are going to give in. Since the injections into my legs to reduce the spasticity, which overall I cannot believe the difference they have made, my leg muscle strength is greatly reduce.

My gait is almost changing daily, which to be honest is frustrating. Just as I learn of a way to overcoming a balance problem, I have to start again. As I said a down side is that the leg strength is down, this affects how I approach things, a few falls don't help either.

Keeping a Training Diary has helped me identify how much I am avoiding running and biking, which is too long. I suppose the recent British weather has not helped and made it easier to avoid getting out, but two months without getting on the bike is enough, even five months since a road bike ride.

So my plan of attack will be, firstly for the bike is to get on a spin bike and build back up some confidence with the various ride positions etc. For running I plan to ditch the running training plan and build back up runs around time and mileage, I also plan to leave behind all watches etc, not worry about the time or mileage and just shuffle my way around some of the run routes and get back into the run habit.

With the way I am training at present, I have started to give some consideration to what my goals are for the year. I still have the mind set on cross the finish line at the Outlaw Triathlon, this however is going to mean me giving 150%. So I am going to realistic with this option. The planned openwater swims are still on track, simply because I do use use my legs to generate much power, so the Bridge to Bridge 14k will be one of my confirmed targets for the year. As for triathlon I will see how it goes, but early emphasis is going to be a ParaTriathlon which is planned for Llanelli, this will be my first in this category (hopefully). The future is in my hands, I can make excuses or I can make plans, and I know which one I would prefer.

A few blogs ago I mentioned that the Triathlon media do no give much coverage to ParaTriathlon, in fact for some it not even mentioned. To make this worst reading some articles about the forthcoming ParaOlympics in Sochi, it was pointed out that the spellcheckers in the popular writing software available around do Not recognise Paralympian as a word, now surely this would be an easy fix for these multi national companies to correct. With so much awareness been made about Para Sport around the world it would be nice to write about it, the same way as any other sport.

Next stop for me is the Sports Relief weekend which will be the Swimathon 5k and the Mile (even if I have to crawl)

As always thank you for your support.
 
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