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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 17 - Metrosexuals

malcolmclelandby malcolmclelandOct 18th 2012
I shower everyday, brush my teeth, wash my hair, shave my face and I┬'ll often put on a splash of cologne since first impressions last and you never know who you┬'ll meet. I┬'ll also go a bit further than most men and use conditioner in my hair and moisturiser on my face and I┬'ll justify this by saying that the chlorinated pool water dries out your skin and hair, which it does. Road cyclists are notorious for shaving their legs, it┬'s just what you do and no one will be able to give you a definitive answer why, you just do because everyone else does. I will freely admit that I shaved my legs on several occasions during the last race season though, with my big learning being that it takes a long time and that leg stubble is a bloody nuisance. With this in mind I decided waxing would be the way to go, so off I went without the assistance of peer pressure and thats exactly what I did. Bearing in mind I wear speedo┬'s when swimming I couldn┬'t just stop at a three quarter leg either, exactly how high I went is open for interpretation.

After the wax I set off to the pool to show off my pins, in the end it was probably the best swim I┬'ve had in a long time and that wasn┬'t even due to the lower drag coefficient in the water. Over the past several months I had literally forgotten how to swim, but something clicked today and while I┬'m still a long way off where I want to be I at least felt like progress had been made. After this bombshell I decided to call it a day at about 36 minutes rather than risk losing my mojo again, you┬'re only as good as your last effort as they say.

Pain is a universal language for any athlete. The old adage ┬"it doesn┬'t get any easier, you just go faster┬" holds true for just about everything. On the topic of pain, a leg wax doesn┬'t hurt anywhere near as much as women would have you believe, and I should know based on my other forays into the hair removal game after losing a bet or two. Following today┬'s adventures and progress in the pool I finally feel like I┬'m starting to get some gains from the pain I┬'ve been going through which makes it all worthwhile and keeps you keen for more, more training, not waxing that is.

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