Cake season is over…

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Long live Cake season.

Yes, it was my birthday on the 14th Jan and my sisters before that on the 8th. This is the monster cake my other half bought for me (yes, she has called me stinky there). So that, mixed with a cake from family gathering has meant my eating hasn’t been the best since the last blog. I am only human, who can resist a cake like that?! It was created by Ah Toots in Bristol and was delicious.

Anyway, let’s move past that and back into the reason for this here blog. Doing Duathlon and Triathlon things.

It didn’t start too well after the last post. I picked up a slight calf strain following the running session with B&W I outlined, so this meant running was not possible for about 10 days. The two bits of good news are that it seems to be better now (ran on Friday with no issues), but even better news is that it was on the leg I snapped my Achilles 2 years ago. Strange to say it is good news I realise, but I have been compensating on the other leg since, so the strain, in my odd mind at least, means I am using it more. Just hope it is not a regular occurrence.

Despite not being able to run (or cycle in the first week), I managed to give my swimming lesson on my birthday my everything. It was an hour long and mainly focussing on technique. I felt like I made massive strides during the lesson as the swimming just felt more efficient as the lesson progressed. We only spent a small amount of time on the timing of breathing at the end (which is my big issue right now), so that still has a long way to go. Despite that, I came away feeling more confident about my swimming and last week, for the first time ever, I swam a length of a 25 metre pool. Big thanks to Mark at Create Swim (@CreateSwim) for a great lesson. Next one will be early March.

Only have to be able to swim 425 metres more by end of September.

Other bits of training of note were the 50km cycle this Saturday gone (hilly and tough) and also the BOD workout I did with Paul and James on the Sunday previous which was great fun but ruined me for the following 3 days.

Also looking to dial in my eating a bit more by commencing the Gold Standard Nutrition (@GSNchicken) 30 day Challenge from 1st Feb.

Away from training, the schedule of events is pretty much complete, with 3 signed up for. No going back now.

This is how it looks:

VoTwo Eton Dorney (Super Sprint Duathlon) – 2nd April *Booked*

Ardingly Triathlon Festival (Sprint Duathlon) – 5th June

Jenson Button Trust Triathlon (Team) – 17th July

London Rat Race 10km – 13th August *Booked*

VoTwo Eton Dorney (Super Sprint Triathlon) – 25th September *Booked*

A bit fuller than the initial plan, but all of the events should be a good marker in the progression. Having done all of these I am hopeful that come the ultimate goal on 25th September, I will be ready and raring to go.

Until next time, stay classy planet Earth.

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