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Here you will find both myself and Simons musings in the run up to our first Triathlon (ever!) We hope to share with you over the coming weeks and months the trials and tribulations, hints and tips and general all round randomness that happens to us both during training, and of course, during the event itself.
The seed was planted back at ATG’s Go Kart event last year, whilst speaking with Russell Barton who convinced me that I would be able to do it, despite the fact that I have the swimming ability of, well, let’s just say that I’m not a very good swimmer at all, and I suffer with flat feet (years of cycling have destroyed my foots natural arch) so running is something that I usually only ever do if I’m late for a bus / train.
So… a Triathlon then, what does it take? Well, so far I have convinced my girlfriend Caroline (a keen runner) to take part, and having a bit of competition from Simon and Russell helps also! It’s also one of the first things I have done for Charity (mate) and it feels like a good personal goal to achieve.
I have braved the waters of Aqua Vale in Aylesbury and the embarrassment of being overtaken by old ladys who can seemingly swim all day for no effort, whereas it takes all my effort to do a couple of lengths crawl at the moment! So far in the pool my PB (Personal Best) is 30 lengths, and my running is improving to the point where my girlfriend takes a couple of minutes longer to pass me on the run after a headstart!
I seem to be loosing the Christmas bulge, and have a newfound love for vegetables and healthy stuff (still finding it difficult to keep away from the sugary stuff though!) Here’s my latest healthy recipe that’s easy to knock together:
1 spring onion (finely chopped)
1 red pepper (finely chopped)
½ Cucumber (finely chopped)
250g of Couscous
1 chicken OXO cube in 400ml of water
2 handfuls of pine nuts
Mix the water with the OXO into the couscous and stand for 5 mins, prep the vegetables whilst it’s standing and mix the whole shebang together when the 5 minutes is up, It’s that simple!
Due to the recent inclement weather and short days I’ve struggled to get out on the bike as much as I would have liked. To counter this I invested in a turbo trainer which, when combined with a heart rate monitor makes an excellent home torture implement. If it had been invented in the middle-ages you’d be using it in the same sentence as ‘Rack’ ‘Thumbscrews’ and ‘Iron Maiden’! Still, at least it stops you stagnating.
I’ve been hunting for a good ‘training wine’ and I think I’ve found one. Tescos own Cote du Rhone. It gets you pleasantly tipsy without leaving you with a sore head that will stop you going out for that early morning session. Highly recommended.