I've never missed an event before and it's soooo... disappointing. I was really looking forward to Blenheim Sprint triathlon this weekend but I'm just not well enough to do it. With my training having stepped up a gear I was on track for a good PB which would have been a big boost. But I was struck down with a strange flu bug and spent 3 days in bed. I am on the road to recovery but doubt if I could run 200m without an oxygen mask. Interestingly no one else caught my bug so I wonder if I was a bit run down? I am very rarely ill and honestly can't remember the last day I was too ill to work, it must have been years ago. I enjoy my job but there's quite a lot of travelling involved which is very tiring and on public transport can be a dangerous breeding ground for bugs. I eat really well but could probably step up my recovery nutrition quite a bit and there are a few other stressful things going on in my life which should all be resolved quite soon, hopefully. So I need to learn from this and keep a careful eye on my recovery and ease back in gently. I'm also a great believer in fate and accepting what's happened rather than resisting it. As a rule of thumb, changing what's actually happened is a bit tricky and the resistance to it just causes even more stress. So I try to go with the flow, as they say, and learn from the experience.
On a positive note before the poorly week, I was really excited about finally getting clip on tri bars. They are from design profile so they look really nice - I saw them at the 2013 tri show but have only just bought them. (Probably one of my most considered decisions.) I also added the 2 chamber fluid bottle to go on the front (prosecco/expresso maybe?? ) Matthew says it makes me look really professional. They've definitely helped my speeds and my splits are slowly improving. I've noticed that when I'm down on the bars I don't fanny around so much, it really is a case of head down and push on. I measure my cycling prowess by the percentage of kilometres in the ride that were fast enough to complete a 70.3 in time. The obvious goal is 100% (or I won't make the cut off) but at the moment my best is 25%. I started on 12.5% so I know I'm getting better, but still a way to go.
Were off now so Matthew can do Blenheim (grrrr.), but I'm wearing my Zell an see 70.3 rucksack to make me feel better.