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7 Weeks to Auckland: Active Recovery Week; Gait Analysis; Bala Triathlon

roborobby roborobSep 9th 2012
I don't usually look forward to recovery weeks, as it means that i have to leave the bike at home and get the train to work more. I also find the low intensity training sessions a bit dull, and feel like i'm just 'going through the motions'. This week, however, was different, as i have come into this one off the back of five fairly hard weeks without taking a week off (due to the Auckland plan starting straight after the Bewl Triathlon). I took the chance to get a long hard sports massage, and made the most of my company's health insurance policy with a 3D Gait and F-Scan Pressure Analysis session from the London Podiatry Centre.

The service and level of scrutiny from this centre was excellent, although the verdict wasn't quite so positive. Turns out that i have something called 'Inverted Tibial Torsion' ("ITT"), otherwise known as 'in-toe', which is more likely to be the reason why i keep getting fibular stress fractures, rather than after-effects of the broken foot from back in 2008. It does mean that i'll have to re-think the barefoot and minimalist running style that i've been working on over the past few years. If i'm to give up on the romantic ideology of being able to run infinite distances pain-free by running naturally, and instead go with the modern podiatric science that has just been dumped on me, then it means ditching the Vibrams and the Merrell Barefoots, and resorting to the evil, Anti-Christ stability shoes complete with ridiculously expensive orthotics. I've spent a lot of time convincing myself that modern running shoe technology is the cause of gait problems and not the solution, so being forced to change opinion is not easy. I guess that prehistoric man wouldn't survived in the wild with deformities like ITT anyway, so maybe i do need to embrace modern science on this one.

After this setback, the week finished on a high-note, as Emily (the wife) and i hired a motorhome and headed up to North Wales for the Bala Triathlon, with the intention of ambling around the Welsh and Northern England countryside and cities afterwards until we end up at Rother Valley for a sprint triathlon next Sunday.
7 Weeks to Auckland: Active Recovery Week; Gait Analysis; Bala Triathlon
Although i was treating Bala as a training race for Auckland, it was also a qualifier for the ETU (European) Championships in Turkey next year, so i thought it wouldn't hurt to register my intent on the BTF website and just give it a shot. As it was a qualifier, it would be a good chance to test drive the new GB tri suit.

Sod's Law prevailed, and the day before the holiday i managed to pick up a cold that developed into a chesty cough - no doubt from having to get on the crowded trains in the week, full of disgusting snotty children on their way to events at the Paralympics. As you shouldn't train with any illness below the neck, i decided to take the race easier than previously planned, and opted for a steady swim, standard fast bike with a few attacks, and gentle run on 4m14s/km pace.
7 Weeks to Auckland: Active Recovery Week; Gait Analysis; Bala Triathlon
Bala is in a stunning location, and it makes a nice change to not have to rush back home and think about getting ready for work. We're currently holed up on plush sofas in the White Lion, a cosy 18th century pub on the high street. I've just found out that there's a hotel upstairs. All of a sudden, the bunk bed in our motorhome on the soggy campsite is a far less appealing proposition!
Total training time: 6h:42m:18s
Stats for: Sep 3rd 2012 to Sep 9th 2012 (7 days)
SwimSwim1h:17m (19%) 3.7km
BikeBike3h:44m (56%) 91.5km
RunRun20min (5%) 2km
StrengthStrength1h:20m (20%) 0km
Stats for: Sep 3rd 2012 to Sep 9th 2012 (7 days)
 
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