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.

Triathlete flu

ritatrisby ritatrisFeb 17th 2013
Is a bit like man flu, really. Fortunately I very rarely get ill, but I┬'ve spent the last four days wondering what dying feels like, getting to know the artex pattern on my bedroom ceiling really extremely well and leaving bed for bathroom and kitchen trips only.

In the world of rational medical science what I have is a throat infection, yet the melodrama (when energy levels have permitted) has been quite notable. Which has led me to the discovery of triathlete flu.

Being tired, or a bit sore, or it being early, or late, or cold, or wet, or the session being too hard, or too long, or the group being too fast, or there being something on telly, or vital life maintenance jobs needing doing are just not good enough excuses to not train, stop, give in or complain. You┬'ve got to not think about it, and get on with it. If we didn┬'t we┬'d be sat on the sofa or Sunday joggers at best, and we┬'re after self-discovery, faster, longer ┬- how much of this can we overcome?

So when your neck explodes every time you cough, you wonder whether someone┬'s really trying to saw your tongue off every time you swallow, and your right ear does this interesting sharp thing if you move your head too quickly you have irrefutable evidence. ┬'Look, I CAN┬'T this time! And it hurts, lots, and I may really be dying, and it┬'s not self inflicted this time so please give me lots of sympathy, and by the way I┬'m only eating soup, blueberries and ice cream today.┬' Being ill is the pressure valve for all those thoughts that would otherwise hold us back.

As I start feeling better sensible thinking will kick back in. The focus and self discipline will return, I will look at all the red lines and recorded missed sessions in the TriBlogs diary, and then get on with rewriting the training plan to ease me back in.

On the upside, I┬'m also valuing my otherwise amazing good health an awful lot more than I did last week. In the grand scheme of things one throat infection a year is about as far from a big deal as you can possibly get.
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