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.

Upping the distances

ritatrisby ritatrisFeb 4th 2013
I started as a runner. I could swim (in the relaxing, floaty sense), but my first foray into the world of sport in the self-challenging, competitive sense was all about running for a year and a half.

In the early days I ran 5 Ā- 10k distances in training, and my general approach was the bull-in-a-china shop one. The aim was a pb on every run. Which was okay over a few miles, for a few months.

But after the Bristol 10k in 2010 I decided to go for the half marathon that year, and my training approach stayed hugely uninformed, much the same and so inevitably injury struck. I spent a year being not very quick on the uptake Ā- recovering, starting running, building up miles, getting injured again, repeat. And so with the half marathon ambitions given up on I came to triathlon.

And so my main anxiety about training for my upcoming half ironman has been all about building up the running distances. IĀ've DNSĀ'ed for three half marathons so far, so I have a fear of injury associated with the distance that IĀ've had to work to overcome.

My approach training is exponentially more sophisticated after a year and a half of multi-disciplinary experience, being surrounded by decades of wisdom in my clubmates at BADTri, and the support and advice from my boyfriend who has a very similar activity level background to me. IĀ'm focusing on steady, long running, on good form, on gait, and I know to stretch, use the foam roller, and allow my body to recover.

IĀ've run up to 7.5 miles comfortably, but a few tired, sloppy long runs last week left me with tight calves, a sore ITB, and a niggle that very much reminds me of an early days showstopper injury.

So the plan is to not panic. Miss run sessions if the legs arenĀ't up to it, focus on form, keep stretching, rolling, compressing, and do what I can. I reckon I can get myself round on a peak of 8 mile training and a lot of bloody mindedness on the day, and IĀ'd rather do that than DNS on the whole race.
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