Relentless Forward Progress

So now I know what it feels like to be a pro athlete - minus the talent and money obviously! I spend my days doing things in-between training. I get up and train. I do some work and then train. I eat and then train etc etc. It is taking some serious discipline. It's also meant changing my priorities. I confess to being a bit of a workaholic, but I have realised that if I have any chance in achieving the Quin or Deca this year, I have to turn my 70 / 30 work / training split into more of a 50 / 50 which is harder than I thought it would be. For the next 6 months or so, training must come first.

My swimming has taken a spotlight in the last month. My stroke has completely changed and I'm loving it. I feel so much stronger and faster too. Or I did until I went to my first Goal Specific Swim Squad. This is basically an hour of triathlon based swim training with my coach and their other athletes. You know that you are going to suffer when the warm up has you gasping for air at the end of the lane before plunging back into the water, trying (and failing) to stay on an 11 year olds feet.

I admit I started feeling more than a little panicked, "what am I doing here and what hope do I have attempting a 12 and 24 mile swim, if I can't handle a basic warm up?" I asked myself. It's times like this that I question the part of my brain that keeps pushing me towards stupidly tough challenges. After a while though, I started to relax (unusual for me) and just enjoy it. All I had to do was give it 100% for 1 hour and that's what I did. And there's something strangely addictive about a really hard swim session. Sure you feel like dying at the time, but afterwards you find yourself looking forward to the next one. Or is that just me?

My runs / bikes are still quite short as I have been focusing on lots of HIIT and strength / conditioning work. I have never really done this before. In the past I have spent way too much time plodding and boy, can I plod! But I'm sick of being the slowbie at the back and whilst I'm never going to set any course records, I would very much like to look at my results without rolling my eyes... I'm also regularly stretching now... gasp!!

I have finally been getting in the sea now that it's getting colder, it's about 8 degrees and takes some seriously willpower to get past waist level. I find loud swearing helps massively, luckily I seem to be the only one in the water...

The one thing I am really struggling with at the moment is the Deca Demons. This is where I fall asleep (because I'm exhausted from training) but only to wake up half an hour later in wide-eyed terror, asking myself "how the hell am I going to do this Deca malarky??" I have a rule about not thinking about scary stuff when it's dark (how old am I...?) but the Deca Demon is overriding this everynight and I have a feeling it's not going to get any easier. Sigh... nobody to blame but myself though.

Lastly, I hope to have some exciting bike sponsor news, which I will be able to share with you next week...