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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.

NoRestDays Day 14 - Fake it till you make it

malcolmclelandby malcolmclelandOct 15th 2012
Sundays mark the end of the weekend and the beginning of the work week; in general this also means undertaking tasks such as shaving your face and ironing a shirt to make yourself look like you belong in a relatively professional environment. In these professional environments you may often find yourself in a situation where you have absolutely no idea what┬'s going on, the key here is to say a lot without actually saying anything. Be totally non committal with words or phrases such as "indicative", "it is my understanding that", or "at a high level". This will help you create an aura of intelligence that is not deserved based on any form of experience or qualification you hold.

Before I could worry about whether I should iron my pink shirt or my purple shirt I needed to fit in my training session for the day. A little bit jaded from the day/night before I jumped on the TT bike for reacquaint myself with the uncomfortable position I┬'ll need to hold for 2-3 hours come race day. About 2 and a half hours later I returned home with a stiff back and a realisation I really need to do some stretching over the next month or two. Still, 70km wasn't a bad hit out and wrapped up a fairly heavy weekend of training.

The fake it till you make it approach doesn┬'t really work when its you against the clock in a race. In this situation I recommend the ┬"If you┬'re going to go slow, you┬'ve got to look pro┬" approach. At least you┬'ll look the part in any photos that get taken, and no doubt they┬'ll be good photos since the cameramen will have plenty of time to get setup. Day 14 also coincided with the Kona Ironman World Championships in Hawai, so after my ride I tuned into the live streaming to witness some of the best in the world reduce themselves to a walking dribbling mess. These guys weren┬'t faking anything and couldn┬'t care how they looked in a photo, extremely motivating stuff.

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TriRachby member: TriRach, Oct 16th 2012 10:50
Interesting concept, just been reading through your blogs what happens if you complete the 21 days do you get a prize?
malcolmclelandby blog author: malcolmcleland, Oct 17th 2012 01:01
No prize unfortunately, I do get to say that I completed the challenge that I was set though and hopefully i'll come out the other side feeling pretty fit too!
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