It's almost Cotswold 226 time - #RememberBen
by timPJun 25th 2015
It's just over two weeks until the Cotswold 226, one more weekend of big(ish) training and then it will be taper time. Iâm really looking forward to this event; having completed the Cotswold 113 last year and many DB Max events over the years. I just know that the organisation is going to be spot on. Of course there is an added element this year as the event takes place six days before the first anniversary of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, so this is dedicated to Ben.
This will be the second full distance event that I have taken on. The first was Ironman UK in 2013 and whilst I enjoyed it immensely (crossing the finish line was a bittersweet moment asI'dfinished but the enjoyment was also finished) the conclusion was that I just couldn't (or didn't want to) commit to the volume of training to perform at my best.
It seems that you don't get any wiser with age! A quick look through my training log shows a paltry average of seven hours per week over the last nine months almost exactly the same as the average leading up to Ironman UK. Ah well at least my body should know what to expect.
So once again I will need to be realistic and the aim will be to finish in a reasonable time rather than fight it out for an age group position. I am very conscious that we have set ourselves a challenge of three quite gruelling events within a relatively short period of time so the last thing I can afford to do is throw everything at this one and compromise the others. The fundraising is going well and I am not intending to let down all those that have contributed especially as the fundraising is all about remembering Ben and honouring his memory through his love of sport. Whatever happens Iâll post an update after the race and let you know how it went.
Iâve included a couple of pictures from the Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon run by the excellent DB Max and sponsored by The Triathlon Shop. This was my fourth attempt at this event and I decided to include it as a warm up to shake out the cobwebs from last year. Once again the organisation was flawless and the venue spectacular it was made even more special for me as Benâs Dad came to watch to see what a triathlon is all about.
Anyway time to get out and do some training, I hope you are all having enjoyable seasons so far and remember having the best race possible on the day is all anyone can ever ask.
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