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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.

[Sleep, eat, ride, eat, sit, eat, sleep] x 7

ritatrisby ritatrisJan 3rd 2014
A week of cycling in Majorca turns out to be an amazing way to start the year. After what felt like a whole month of Christmas it felt sooo good to pack up the bikes and fly out on Boxing Day.

We had a really great week - dry and mostly sunny, riding every day but one. I’d been feeling really exceptionally awful with the flu for the two weeks previous as well, so that it just about cleared up and left me ok to ride was a massive relief. The simplicity of sleep, eat, ride, eat, sit, eat, sleep was like a massage for the mind. Really great to get to spend some time with The Triathlon Shop Race Team too. Boyfriend is on the team, and we’re around and about a fair bit, but sharing eating and riding for a week was lovely. Having a very mixed ability group worked out fine too â€" some of us did longer or shorter versions of the rides some days, or had rest days. There was mostly a very considerate policy of just waiting at the top and bottom of the big climbs. I was really pleased with my riding â€" felt good, paced really well up the big hills and nailed the nutrition side of things. Eat, eat, eat!
[Sleep, eat, ride, eat, sit, eat, sleep] x 7
So now back in the UK I suppose it’s time to crack on with getting ready for the year’s racing. Having had two weeks off ill before Christmas means I haven’t swam or run in what feels like an age, but give it a week or two and I’ll be back in the feel of things. Also looking forward to some coaching direction from John Wood. I feel like my minds picture of my training for the next few months is a bit of a blank canvas, which is a bit scary, but also a great opportunity to approach it with a free mind and work towards getting the best out of myself.

For the weekend I’ll hang on to the daydream of the pro cyclist lifestyle...
 
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