7 weeks in to my 52 and finally my first glimmer of hope. I'm not really ultra slow; it's all become clear - I've just got really bad amateur form and obviously once my technique is honed, I'll positively whizzround the course with bags of time to spare.
I spent a day this week with a proper ironman tri coach to see whether there were any 'top tips' that he could impart to give me the 'Edge' that I'm so desperately in need of.( I actually discovered, only today, that young people call 'top tips', 'life hacks' so I'm just showing my age a bit there). I suppose I was optimistic, but didn't really think that there was much that could be done. Mark was gentle in pointing out that I had actually been doing pretty much everything wrong - hence my record breaking and overwhelming lack of pace. Apparently, when I swim I actually push the the water ahead of me, thereby negating any propulsion I may have accidently created from the rhino that lazily kicks along behind me. My bike saddle was too high, so I couldn't reach the pedals properly and, when I run (shuffle) my feet pretty much stay in contact with the ground the entire time. In accountancy terms I think this situation is referred to as 'low hanging fruit'.
So I have some really clear things to try. 'Flop-flop-flop', with my swimming, so my arms flop in front and then I 'pull-the-rung-of-the-ladder' towards me, keep my head down and 'kick-from-the-hip'......sounds easy enough!. Bike is all adjusted, I need a shorter stem and some tri-bars but for now I have to actually get on it and ride it around and not just on flat cycle paths to the shops. .... doable I suppose!. And the running mantra "squeeze-the-orange , chin- backpocket" this will engage my glutes and hamstrings and keep me upright and balanced.....yep!! Got it!. So all fired up now and ready to put it all into practice. Matthew's signed me up for a 30 mile sportive on Sunday so seems a good a place to start as any. I'm going to ride like the wind and fly up those hills.
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