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Maintaining the life-training balance
Maintaining the life-training balance
This blog hopes to focus on the "life" side of the training-life balance that anyone training for triathlon will know can be difficult to juggle. No one really cares what interval set I ran today and how high my heart rate got so I won't try and impress anyone with those stats. Stats make the world go round though so for those who are interested I will have Garmin data available for each training session, most stats i throw around on a saturday night are made up, sadly thats not an option with the garmin so you can be assured at least that aspect of this blog will be honest.

"No Rest Days" 21 Day Challenge - Day 0

malcolmclelandby malcolmclelandOct 1st 2012
After arriving back from a 3 week holiday in Thailand getting up to things including but not limited to beach parties, pool parties, street parties, good food, terrible food, safe drinks, unsafe drinks, hospital stays, embassy visits, jungle treks, muay thai fights, 5 star resorts, fire dancing etc etc, you get the drift, I found myself in what can only be described as mediocre physical condition but with hours of stories that may never be repeated. Couple this with 10 weeks until my first Half Ironman Triathlon of the upcoming season and I quickly realised I needed to get my A into G and train the house down or risk complete embarrassment in front of friends and family.

Here's where the 21 day challenge comes into play. My workplace, Transpower NZ have encouraged staff to partake in a fitness and lifestyle challenge over a 21 day period. Lucky for me, my workmate and training partner Cameron McKay decided to sign me up without initially telling me. Triathlon training and racing is a fairly recently acquired passion for me, I especially enjoy the ride all day, eat all night approach to life that it allows and obviously the health benefits are pretty handy too so while I was initially apprehensive I am excited about the challenge.

Alistair Brownlee, Triathlete and Olympic Champion, famously said that the secret to his success was "No rest days", which is the challenge Cam decided to sign me up for. Every day for 21 days Cam has committed me to completing at least 30 minutes of exercise, where exercise is defined as either swimming, biking or running. Gee thanks!

I often tell people to "trust me I'm an engineer" which has worked out well for me in the past as my flatmates will attest too... However, for the purposes of this challenge I plan to include links to my Garmin GPS data to show that I am actually doing as I say I'm doing. I have also taken the additional step of giving up the bottle until the race, this decision is initially founded on some lingering effects of the trip to Thailand but I plan to continue the approach until race day. The ramifications of this are massive, a night out with the lads just wont be the same and will lead to a separate challenge that is not for this medium.

I plan to update this blog as often as I can, no doubt I'll turn myself into a dribbling mess more than once during this training block so dont expect an update everyday. Enjoy the read, I'll keep more about the stories and less about the training.
by guest: Kristjana, Oct 3rd 2012 03:10
Ahem.... I did not think that you drank alcohol! Just thought I would remind you of the 'comment' even tho I did see you on TV at the bar during one Rugby match.... but, we will not go there hey!
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