“A change is as good as a rest,” they say. So I’m telling myself that a change and a rest must be really good.
I certainly haven’t been living, breathing and sleeping triathlon for two months. I haven’t worn my Garmin since Sunday July 17th when I crossed the finish line at Ironman UK. As for where my heart rate monitor is…!?
I’ve been working, pretty hard too. I was very fortunate that my job took me to Brazil for six weeks. Rio to be exact, and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
Working at the Games is a unique experience. You live and work in a bubble. An amazingly lucky and inspiring bubble. You see dreams fulfilled and others shatter to pieces in the space of seconds. You witness incredible feats by athletes who are at the peak of their fitness. You speak to people who have dedicated their lives to their sport in an attempt to be at their very best on one day in August 2016, with the hope of returning home with a gold medal.
I think as age-group athletes, there’s so much we can learn from the Olympians and Paralympians we were all so inspired by over the summer. Take para-canoeist Anne Dickins. Rewind four years ago and the 49-year old had never been in a canoe. Roll on September 2016 and Anne, who suffers from sea sickness, wins gold in Rio. Then there’s Andy Lewis who looked into buying a blade after watching London 2012. Two years later he did his first triathlon. Two years after that he won gold for GB as triathlon made its’ Paralympic debut.
We can’t all win gold medals at the Olympics or Paralympics, but we can all achieve a goal if we put our mind to it. So have a think what you want to do next season, get the right team around you and go for it!
I’ll admit Oulton Park wasn’t one of my original goals for this season, but I’m excited about pulling on the Raceforce kit again in my second ever duathlon. I know my body has benefitted from the enforced rest as my achilles was not in a good place in the run up to Ironman UK. It’ll be an interesting experiment in how much fitness you can lose/maintain over a two month period.
For the record my training in Brazil: lots of 20-30min gentle runs, two 10min sea swims (because that’s key for a duathlon,) one 15min swim in a 7m pool, two 25 mins swims in a 20m pool, 2hr sea kayak, 1hr SUP, 3hr MTB. And finally, the non-games highlight of my time in Brazil…gatecrashing a group of 5 local guys doing a sprint triathlon simulation in a small town called Paraty. 20km TT on a hired MTB hurts.
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