I am definitely looking forward to being a race host and representing Race Force this September at the fabulous Challenge Almere but I am more than a little nervous about the Challenge itself, which will be my first iron distance triathlon in 5 years. I’m hoping my body has good long term muscle memory. I haven’t just been sitting on the sofa eating pizza in these intervening years, in fact I’ve been getting into ultra marathons but it’s a while since I did a swim, bike, run race and I’ve almost forgotten what transition is. I need to get training if I am to finish the course and enjoy the day.
I will be in Almere from September 7th until after the race and during that time I will be escorting riders on a reccie of the bike course and available to talk athletes through the swim course and transition area #togetherwerace. I will give you details of that nearer the time of where to come and find me. Between now and race day on September 10th, I’m going to be writing a monthly blog about how my training is going and to share any advice I’ve picked up.
My training has been going reasonably well, although my current focus is on a 160km ultra marathon along the South Downs Way in June at the moment and that’s perfect for taking my mind off the fact that a triathlon has a 3.8km swim and a 180km bike before you even get to the luxury of slipping your trainers on. I will be doing an Olympic distance tri at a very slow pace in July at Chatsworth in the UK as part of my training and I will be at the Race Force bike hub before and after the race and would love to hear from anyone going over to Holland for the race.
In my ‘downtime’ I will be studying the Challenge Allmere course – the swim lake, the two 90k cycle loops on closed roads with some traditional Dutch cycle paths thrown in and the varied run route through woods, trails, forest and road – something for everyone. I have experience of 6 other iron distance triathlons from Austria to Norseman and a variety of courses in between so I am hoping to be mentally prepared for whatever Challenge Allmere throws at me. When training for Challenge Roth, some years ago, if it rained I stayed on the turbo indoors and never went out on the bike. On race day it poured with rain ALL day and whilst that really didn’t spoil the superb atmosphere and course in Germany, it did teach me that you need to be prepared for whatever race day throws at you and that means even if the weather’s bad, get out there and train.
This weekend I will be rubbering up and getting over to Shepperton Lake first thing on Saturday for the first open water training in of the year. I am told to ‘come on in, the water’s lovely’ but maybe I’ll sneak on the booties and gloves until the water warms up a little.
Good luck with your training and follow me on Twitter on @Norsemouse to let me know how it’s going and share any training tips. Use the hashtag #challengeallmere.
Happy Anniversary Jennifer! 52 weeks!
April 2, 2015
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