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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 2 - That was no pool party

malcolmclelandby malcolmclelandOct 2nd 2012
The last time I entered a swimming pool was for one of the infamous Coral Bungalow Pool Party's in Thailand. Lap swimming and 100m intervals were probably the last thing on my mind in this instance but that's exactly what I had in store for myself this evening. I've never had an issue dressing like a fool and acting like an idiot in a public environment, but 3 weeks at the buffet table had me a little apprehensive about donning the speedo's. At least I knew I wouldn't look as silly as the guy shaving in his handlebar moustache in the changing rooms...

With the knowledge that I resembled a swimmer I got into the session and swam for about 45min for a total of 2.4km including 14 x 100m intervals. Swim intervals aren't fun at the time and they aren't fun to look back on, but I'm hoping I'll reap some kind of reward for my efforts. At the Coral Bungalow pool party I was consuming Chang beer that cost me about a NZD$1 a bottle, this evening I paid NZD$5.70 for the privilege of drinking a gallon of pool water laced with chlorine. I'm not sure which one is more harmful but I know which one I preferred so hopefully as my swim fitness improves my pool water consumption decreases.

After a pool party in Thailand you have several options for getting home, you can walk if you haven't lost your jandals, you can load 10 people into a Tuk Tuk and hope for the best if you haven't lost your wallet, or you can sleep on the beach and figure it out in the morning hoping the stray dogs leave you alone overnight. Thankfully the hardest part about getting home tonight was bracing for the blast of cold air as I walked from the pool to my car in only a towel because I was too lazy to get dressed again properly.

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