Let me start by saying that I know this is wrong attitude!! What is it you learn in sales 1-0-1, never start with a negative… Guess that was another day I just wasn’t listening!! So having broken into this little mini ramble perhaps I should get to the point?
I fear we are!! Blenheim is just the round the corner then we will be hitting Heaver sooner than you can say unprepared triathlete! I know that everyone says they haven’t training enough, to trust the plan, to focus the taper… But it’s at this precise moment that I am wondering about how good a shout it was to self coach. Nobody else to blame and what if I have got this hopelessly wrong?
“Well Mr Stivala, I am not sure as your X-RAY is a little inconclusive but I would say you have a fractured scaphoid…” This is soooo not what I wanted to hear 🙁 The conversation should have gone “Man up for god sake, you have a bit of a swollen paw and some bruising heading your way. It will be fine by the weekend.”
Apparently the lake at Alpe D’Huez is a bit fresh and I am not the best in the cold. So very sensibly decided to venture down to Box End early this morning to practice swimming in cooler open water… What could possibly go wrong…
It’s been a while since I have written an update on how training is shaping up. First ‘A’ race is Alpe D’Huez (still) and now less then 20 weeks away… In fact only 16 weeks. Which frankly is starting to feel bloody close! So what’s working and what isn’t?
As I prepare for my A race this year I have decided to follow a 32 week Ironman training plan written by RGA Active. Having used one of their plans before I know they work for me. Although Tri Alpe D’Huez is a middle distance, because of the amount of climbing and generally challenging terrain, it is generally regarded as being the equivalent to a full distance race.
Never having raced either, I’m not taking any chances! Just from a confidence point of view I think it is best to arrive at the start of the swim feeling like I might get to the end of the run in one piece and be able to get a wiggle on in the process. So when I spotted an article on the 220Triathlon site that seemed to offer some good advice. Here are some of the key points, but would recommend visiting their site and reading the full article. This is based on the work for the very well respected Joe Friel.
I must admit that I bought into the “Supplement Marketing Machine” too. You know that uber expensive tub of Protein supplement for £48 that you imagine is going to rock your body’s protein needs…
Just by chance I happened to check where today’s protein had come from in my diet, and I was amazed! Nothing special about today. Not a contrived study, just eating normal low fat low sugar moderate carb day… As you can see from the picture; the amount of value I got from the protein supplement was negligible 🤷🏻♂️
For goodness sake, even the yogurt I snacked on had more protein – and was a lot cheaper!!
Makes you think doesn’t it…