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Ironman Quest
The quest of a 45 year old recreational runner who likes nothing better than a lazy night with a beer or glass of wine to become an Ironman

One Month Into The New Year

macukby macukJan 29th 2014
Am I the only one that thinks that January was a blur? I started the month with high hopes and a few new years resolutions and before I know it February is just around the corner and I feel like I haven't achieved a thing. Looking back though I should be happy as I have pulled my finger out and done quite a few of the things I've been talking about for ages but never seem to get around too.

I've joined a running club which I have always thought would help my running development and must admit it has. The other members I've met range in abilities and I've really enjoyed going along and getting the chance to learn from their experiences and being able to give advice as well. My distances have steadily increased over the month and I feel that I am ahead of the game with my marathon training compared to last year. The thought of a thirteen mile run has become a lot more palatable with the company of club members than it ever would be on my own. As the miles have increased my waistline has started to decrease. I have shed a good 7 Lbs since the new year, it probably should be more but I still can't go without the odd glass of red after a busy week.

I've also joined a triathlon club, namely South Wales Police Triathlon Club and hope to learn a lot from other members. My goal is an Ironman and I know the club's ranks is full of experienced long course athletes who I fully intend to badger and annoy with a full array of questions.

I have also been trying to swim at least 2 or 3 times a week. I can now swim 1000m in the pool in one go compared to struggling to cover 50m in September. My swimming technique still isn't pretty and I am not going to scare any competitors with fantastic blasts of speed swimming but that has never been my aim. I just want to complete a long distance swim with enough energy left to be able to climb on a bike and run a little afterwards.

I have also taken the plunge and been assessed by a trainer to help with my swimming and it wasn't all bad news. Admittedly I have a lot of points to work on but also have a few things going in my favour. One of these is apparently my head position and breathing which is quite comforting to know that at least I have the very basics sorted and that if I can breath then there is no reason that I can't keep going on a swim.

My biking is also coming on and I haven't had a fall or mishap with my clip pedals all month. I was quite happy when I had a back handed compliment off a friend who has been cycling for years when he stated that if I could ride as well downhill as I do tackling climbs I could be quite a handful to beat on a bike. Unfortunately I still can't build up enough confidence to not have a death grip on my brakes and a girly scream when I hit anything other than a gentle incline. I suppose Rome wasn't built in a day so if I keep plodding on who knows what I might achieve by the end of February.
One Month Into The New Year
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