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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.

Lost in Transition

ritatrisby ritatrisMay 13th 2013
To shamelessly plagiarise the title of The Triathlon ShopĀ's (unrelated) film (here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfhp42fe7aY , title also shamelessly plagarised), I am feeling a little lost of late.

ItĀ's been four weeks since half ironman heaven, and things havenĀ't really settled down in training, body or mind. IĀ've pbĀ'd over 5k, fallen apart over 10k, been a bit ill, gotten some good sessions in and missed others, am looking forward to sprint racing, and am also feeling a little motivationally low. The envisioned slick transition from half ironman to sprint training, via a couple of weeks recovery, hasnĀ't really happened. Essentially, things feel a little all over the place.

Hence the lack of blogging. IĀ've not really been sure what to say.

I think IĀ'm coming back online, and part of that is involving reviewing what I want to get out of the rest of the season and the races IĀ'm currently signed up for. Mostly I want to enjoy them, feel competitive, and post some good times and placings. Races signed up for are:
Ā• Nottingham Sprint (ITU qualifier)
Ā• Bristol Harbourside Sprint (also ITU qualifier)
Ā• London Triathlon - Sprint (against brother)
Ā• Cambridge Standard (also against brother)

Naturally they are falling into two groups in the mind. Though having done a bit of field stalking (I know for a fact IĀ'm not the only one, so think twice before judging!) I am pretty sure I am not fast enough to get a qualifying spot for the worlds. This is not me be being negative Ā- you never know, IĀ'll give it my best, roll down places, etc etc, itĀ's a statement of fact and IĀ'm not overly distressed about it. ItĀ'll be great to have a couple of races against a super strong field before the seasonĀ's Smith League races. I beat my brother in both last year, but heĀ's been training hard over the past couple of months so itĀ's going to be close again (more on that to come).

Anyhow, thatĀ's where IĀ'm at for now, so weĀ'll see how things go. Hopefully some nice aggressive race motivation will kick in at some point!
ClaireDby member: ClaireD, May 13th 2013 14:00
Good luck for the coming season. You're right in that this sport is 90% in the head - keep your positive spirits up!
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, May 13th 2013 14:08
Ahh that's perfectly normal I've been there! http://www.triblogs.com/blog/sarahleonard/post-ironman-blues?pid=440

Worst thing is to worry about it, instead do some fun stuff for a couple of weeks and then start to roll out the sprint tri master plan. You've got to be in it to win it and it's all good experience and practice so go for it!
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, May 13th 2013 14:12
P.S. I forgot to say what a great video by the tri shop. Any idea who made it?
ritatrisby blog author: ritatris, May 13th 2013 15:06
Thanks Claire and Sarah :)

I did my second ever off road run the other day, which was fun and different. Change is as good as a rest?

Video courtesy of Chris Newman I believe, whose degree leaves him qualified to cry on queue and do some rather lovely editing and voiceovering.
 
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