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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 20 - Contagious Infections

malcolmclelandby malcolmclelandOct 21st 2012
Some things in life are contagious and infectious, some things aren't. Some things in life are really good for you, other things aren't. Everyone knows a thing or two about infections that aren't good for you, most are an easy fix with a simple little pill, while others can be more difficult to get on top of. The first two weeks or training for any event after a lay off period generally hurts the most out of all the training. Your legs have become accustomed to moving you between the couch and the beer fridge, then all off a sudden you ask them to move you and your beer belly over several kilometers at a pace exceeding slow. 2 weeks later when you're over the initial muscle cramps and chaffage this exercise often becomes infectious, and the more you do the more you want to do, thus exercise is a healthy infection. You can take my word for it, I've been the guy on the couch with a box of beers who hasn't run in over a year and I've also been the guy who wants to exercise everyday. One guy was fit and healthy, while the other was a real bucket ass.

Day 20 was also day 2 of our long weekend in Rotorua, since I had to go for a run at some stage I decided to get it out of the way first thing in the morning. What I wasn't expecting was the company of Ben, Andrew, Harriet and Charlotte. We all headed out with about 20 hours sleep between the 5 of us to tackle another lap of the blue lake, somehow they had all concluded it was a great idea and I was more than happy for the company. 1km in to the run and all is going well for the group, by the 1.5km mark Andrew had fallen over and Charlotte was remembering just how good a champagne breakfast really is, especially when it was consumed the night before. Everyone made it home in the end, although there were periods when I thought we might have to abort, and we dashed off to the lake for a dip in the 10 degree water which sounded like a good idea at the time. Thank god for the Spa pool is all that can be said after that debacle.

Finding the motivation to push yourself while training can be difficult, if its a miserable day and there isn't much scenery around to impress then it can be difficult to make sure you're giving it your all. This is where a training partner is crucial, someone about your equal who wants to beat you to the finish line just as much as you want to beat them. The sound of footsteps running behind you is probably the single biggest motivator to run faster, and this doesn't just apply to a run around the Blue Lake. I lived in Hamilton for a year where I quickly learned to differentiate between running shoes and steel caps boots on pavement, one is your friend, the other is not. Not only does training with someone give you motivation to push yourself every time you head out the door, it also gives you someone to share stories with about the weekends events. Guys don't gossip so sport is generally the topic of choice although I'm sure women would find something else to talk about.

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