Time to get going again! #RememberBen
by timPFeb 3rd 2016
It has been a while since the last update, so what has been happening in the world of Team Pocock?
Well firstly and most importantly we have enjoyed a bit of down time, catching up on social activities, a few weekends away and spending time with friends. It was nice for a change not to have the pressure of an upcoming race and feel guilty when real life interrupted the training schedule.
Having said that we have still been training, managing to fit in at least an hour per day. The big change, for me at least, is that I have been spending a fair bit of time in the gym working on strength and conditioning. I was so impressed with the results achieved by Debbie and the improvement this has led to for her running that I thought I better join in or otherwise be left behind! So far the efforts appear to be paying off, I have managed to shave 70 seconds from my 5 mile running PB and hopefully there will also be similar improvements in my cycling performance.
Looking forward we decided that 2016 should be a little different to last year. 2015 was, quite rightly, based around three big events all aimed at keeping alive the memory of our nephew Ben and raising some money for charity. To be honest being able to focus all of our energy towards those three events really helped us as well because neither of us has truly come to terms with the fact that we will not get to see him again, at least in this lifetime. The flip side was that we both felt mentally drained by the end of September.
So for this year rather than spreading our memorial efforts over a series of events we are going to focus on one event only. Deciding which event that would be was pretty easy actually and so we have entered Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. It is the second oldest iron distance triathlon in the world (behind Kona) and of course holds special significance for us as Amsterdam was the point of departure for that fateful flight. Hopefully we will be travelling with a group of friends so that there will be 4 or 5 entries flying the flag for Ben and the other passengers and crew of flight MH17.
We have plenty of other races in the diary leading up to Challenge Almere-Amsterdam in September and we will give you a run down of these in the next report. But first we are getting ourselves ready to go on a short training camp in Mallorca run by our good friends at The Triathlon Shop in Bristol.
Best of luck with your own training and look forward to reading of your exploits.
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