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What a week! Superheroes (@mhowood), Vikings (Challenge Copenhagen) and pirates (Swashbuckler middle distance triathlon) are things banging around in my head! The race plan is becoming more refined and the training I am very pleased to say is coming along nicely as I get into a regular exercise routine.

So far this week I have managed to hit all of my training goals. I recently bought the new Joe Friel book – Your best Triathlon – and have been using it to design an Ironman training programme. I have learnt that part of the joy of triathlon for me is figuring out how I should be training / structuring my sessions and learning as I go along and this book is AWESOME! All part of the 226+ value of enjoying the whole of the experience.

Training wise I decided to start the new years off as I intend to go on. By that I mean I am trying to be as consistent as possible – i.e. not miss any sessions! So far so good. Applause please as I list this weeks sessions -  Long run on new years day (after the cocktail party – hosted by & thanks @mellowmaloy !) – tick, long ride out to boxhill (even if Apple did try and sabotage my plans by having an alarm software malfunction of epic proportion!) – tick, Mondays recovery run – tick, Tuesday bike / run brick – tick, Wednesdays track session – AWESOME tick!, Thursdays long swim at Hampton open air pool – swim fail but session tick! Now I have another long run and long ride to look forward to this weekend before I begin it all over again!

Also pretty stoked I was able to wangle an entry into the Swashbuckler triathlon. It’s a half Ironman race down in the new forest on 22 May 2011 (check out race list). It sold out in Dec 2010 but credit to the organisers they are one of the few companies that allow substitutions and I was able to get a place off someone that could no longer race. Wish other race organisers would take a leaf out of their book (no names mentioned but I’ll give you a clue – it was a race that won a triathlon220 race of the year award last year and squeezed £200 extra out of me via charity for a late entry!)

Finally a reciprocal triathlon shout-out to the real Ironman superhero – I mean @mhowood for the mention in his blog  - http://www.triblogs.com/blog/gunforhire I recon a true superhero is someone who has a family with kids, commutes a couple of hours a day, manages a race team and still finds time to train and race at a really good level – good job! And you have to have super powers to get that done!

 

Until next time..

This week’s blog is motivated by an Inov8 poster I happened upon while browsing their website looking at trail running shoes. (Click the pic for a link to their website – I have some great Roclite 315 trail shoes of theirs I can recommend). For me this poster sums up my passion for triathlon and endurance sport. Yes the end is important but how you get there is probably more important. Well it is for me anyway.

As my sites name (226+) suggest – a race is more than just an event in a calendar – it’s the training, the sacrifice, the fun, the support, the travel, the motivation, the people and everything else in-between.

Bottom line – enjoy the journey as much as the result.

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I went for the first run in about 3 days this afternoon. I have had a bit of a cold (again!) and so had been resting up. When the snow came I couldn’t resist going into Bushy Park near my house in Teddington to see how my usual 12km run route had suddenly turned into a magical winter wonderland! It was the best run I have had in ages - not fast, I didn’t threshold it, or run to a specific program - all I did was run and enjoy the opportunity of being outdoors, (and.. I EVEN stopped every now and then to take a few pictures!) - it was awesome and I felt so privileged to be able to enjoy such a beautiful site…
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I went for the first run in about 3 days this afternoon. I have had a bit of a cold (again!) and so had been resting up. When the snow came I couldn’t resist going into Bushy Park near my house in Teddington to see how my usual 12km run route had suddenly turned into a magical winter wonderland! It was the best run I have had in ages - not fast, I didn’t threshold it, or run to a specific program - all I did was run and enjoy the opportunity of being outdoors, (and.. I EVEN stopped every now and then to take a few pictures!) - it was awesome and I felt so privileged to be able to enjoy such a beautiful site…

Ithemba kalibulali - The begining

I am not Zulu, but come from a place in South Africa that is the native homeland of the Zulu peope - KwaZulu Natal. As such my perspective on life has been influenced in part by my African friends and my approach and philosophies shaped by the Zulu culture. My ability to speak Zulu is limited however Ithemba kalibulali - I am told means: ‘Hope does not kill; I shall live and get what I want one day’.

I don’t want to repeat my story in this part of my blog, but having signed up for some of the most physically challenging events of my life in 2011, I thought it only appropriate to keep a record of how I progress towards my goals. The Zulu proverb above is thus a metaphor for my ultra endurance challenges - I shall hope as it doesnt kill me, I shall live (train hard) and one day get what I want (finish my endurance races).

So… in the beginning -

Week 1 was all about starting to get into a routine and planning my year around my races in 2011. This race list I am sure will change over the coming months and I will probably add (hopefully not drop out) to the events listed. The idea is however that I will keep a fairly tight control on the number of races I enter - perhaps try and theme the races to 11 in 2011… more to come on this.

Training wise - I’ve started up again (1st Dec) after having a complete break of about 2 weeks having picked up the dreaded lurgy! Diane my wife, was surprisingly sympathetic (unlike some cycling buddies who hurld abuse at me on twitter for not making rides) and I am guessing she could see I was fairly under the weather. Week 1 of training thus was a low key event with a couple of swims, a few hours on the turbo, 3 runs and 2 gym sessions. It may sound a reasonable amount for the pre-season but the phrase’ weak as a lamb’ comes to mind. Hours were done, but at low intensity - just about all I could handle.

I plan on picking things up as December progresses, partly to fight the additional fuel that the festive season brings with all the Christmas parties and quality streets lying around the house and office - but mainly cause - well I have entred my first Marathon, Ironman race and Ultra marathon!

More to follow soon..

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