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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 19 - New Experiences

malcolmclelandby malcolmclelandOct 21st 2012
No, this entry does not contain any references to any event on foreign soil, that's not to say it couldn't. I could easily write 21 blog entries about some of the new experiences we got in 19 days in Thailand, but since work colleagues may be reading some of these posts I need to try and salvage what's left of my reputation. I live by a general rule (exceptions definitely apply) where you've got to try everything at least once. This can lead to you saying "I'm never doing that again" or "Sh#t I'm glad I did that". Triathlons aren't to dissimilar, they are about pushing yourself to the absolute limit. During the race I can guarantee you're telling yourself you will never do one of these stupid #$!@#$%^& races again, yet a few seconds after crossing the finish line that will change to a "I can't wait to do that again" type attitude. I've always known I was an odd ball, I guess this just helps confirm it.

On day 19 I woke up in Auckland, and then drove to Lake Tarawera near Rotorua to begin the long weekend. Just because I was on holiday doesn't mean I got a rest though, quite the opposite, and I went exploring on the tracks around the Blue Lake. Two laps of the lake later I was muddy and cold but loving life. We are privileged in New Zealand with the amazing outdoor environment on our doorstep, so the chance to go for an explore, get lost, get muddy and then arrive back at the car a couple of hours later is an experience I highly recommend. All up the run was near an hour long which I had to truncate due to a lack of light and pressing social engagements back at the batch we had hired. This little jog got me thinking of the Rotorua Marathon next year, maybe its time to finally man up?

My first ever open water ocean swim also coincided with my first ever Half Ironman. Nothing like adding a bit of risk to your life as they say. The phrase "What if..." is often used as an excuse to not do something. I take "what if" to be an opportunity rather than a problem. I see "what if I jump off this bridge into the lake below and there's something in the water?" more like this, "what if I don't jump off this bridge and then someone does it before me?" The answer is I'd be pis$ed off! If you're not first your last and being a copy cat earns you zero kudos. If people didn't give you credit for risking your life for their enjoyment then clearly the incentive just isn't as high. Reputation is something most males will go out of their way to preserve, a little bit like a B grade American movie based on a high school. This all sounds like hard work to me, I've got no issue with people seeing with sweat and snot all over my face at the end of a race, or being a source of ridicule for something I've said or done. I may not be a qualified pilot but I know where to find a good landing strip...

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