Into the great unknown
Into the great unknown
As far is I can tell this triathlon business is 90% in the head. I'm really good at some bits, not so good at others, and mostly it's a great ever unknown. This is my experience of managing mind, and body, to be the best triathlete I can be.

Getting excited about tarmac

ritatrisby ritatrisDec 6th 2013
I’m not sure whether it is a good reflection or otherwise on my life and interests that the most exciting thing happening in the next month is tarmac based. There are also various versions of winter celebrations with various family groupings, and also solstice, which is surely the main cause for celebration in for the triathlon community â€" after that the early morning training sessions will be climbing back into daylight.

And then on Boxing Day I am off to Majorca! Woop! Going for a week with boyfriend, bikes, friends and team mates from The Triathlon Shop (, and it’s going to be great :) Temperatures are currently max/min 15/12 degrees, and I’m told there are some lovely mountains with well engineered, long, switchback ascents/descents. That’s my kind of hill. And good roads! I’ve only cycled abroad once (Challenge Fuerteventura, 2013), and the smooth surfaces are such a joy to ride. I can really get relaxed, fluid and efficient without juddering around and dodging potholes. Lovely!

All that aside there will be some speedy folk out there. It’ll be interesting to see how we decided to work it to make sure everyone gets the most out of the week. I know Mr Speedy Cyclist is going long next year, whereas I’m all about the sprints (and at the mid-slower end of the group), and along with another six personal goals and speeds to accommodate it’ll take a bit of clever planning. But I’m really excited about being stretched, and riding with such lovely people for a week.

Also joining us is John Wood of Tri Coaching (, who I will be handing over the thinking to in the new year. I want to get the best out of myself next season, and limited experience and inevitable subjective self-perception are a barrier to that. So I’ve decided to go the coaching route. I’ve known John for a few years and he has a good mix of years of experience, professionalism, personality and training-life management wisdom for me to trust him and want to do his advice justice. So I’ll do my best attempt at coming across well balanced in my training in Majorca, and we can go from there!

Hope you all have a great December, and may Father Christmas bring you every bit of kit on your wish list!
thinmanby member: thinman, Dec 8th 2013 18:58
try not to enjoy the Sun too much Rita! not jealous at all!
twiggyby member: twiggy, Dec 15th 2013 10:42
Cant wait :) I will certainly be doing some sprint efforts from alcudia to pollensa as I dont think my knee will take the hills! On the long rides I will probably drive as a support vehicle and then on certain sections get the bike out for a spin.
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