July 13, 2022

Control the Controllables and accept the Uncontrollables!

So I get 28 Triathlons done pretty injury free, then go on holiday for a week and hurt my back 🤦‍♂️.  On day 2 of the holiday I just did a 6k run on the beach. The sand was so slippery I must have run badly, add in 34 degrees, my Crohns playing up, dehydration, and bang - my sciatica kicks off. Rest of holiday, whilst wonderful, was pain filled each day. Sciatic back paid is so draining.

Home now and saw my superman coach Ross Thornton. I needed his super back fixing skills, but more than that I needed him to tell me it’s ok to still do my triathlon on Friday (29/52). He said I can!!! I have to however control the controllables as I can’t damage this more. So I’ll do the swim in the sea, but stay close to shore in case of spasm. Then I’ll do the bike & run in the gym. It will hurt a lot I know. And it’ll probably take 5-6hrs to do. But if I just keep going and control how I do it then it won’t cause more damage. In fact despite the pain I will have, movement is actually the best medicine, so if I can somehow push through it then ultimately it will aid the recovery. I just can’t get behind on the challenge as having to catch up would be mentally too tough. So that’s the plan. Slow and steady and breathe breathe breathe.

I guess this challenge was always going to challenge my 53 yr old body!!

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Triathlon 34 - 52x52 Challenge

Posted Aug 08, 2022

Triathlon 34/52 (second Tri of the week) done. I am now two ahead of where I need to be and able to go on my holiday and take two weeks off and still be up to date. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to have two weeks off, it almost brings a tear to my eye.

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Triathlon 33 - 52x52 Challenge

Posted Aug 03, 2022

First of two this week to cover my holiday and keep me on target. Back still a little achy, but weekly improving. There is absolutely no way I would be up at 5am and then swimming 1500 metres in those sea conditions if it wasn’t for this crazy challenge!

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Triathlon 32 - 52x52 Challenge

Posted Aug 01, 2022

I started my morning at 5.25am on the beach and by 6.30am was helping a stranded swimmer get home! Let me explain...

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