Number Twenty-Six - Officially half way!
So today was my 3rd triathlon in 7 days, 25 weeks into the challenge and number 26 out of 52 done. That’s a lot of numbers to take in I know, but what it means in real terms is that I made it to the half way point. And I have done it with no obvious injuries, which is either a miracle or because I am being looked after by Ross Thornton, the best coach and trainer there is.
My week of exercise for the last 6 months has basically been the following:
Monday - Sea swim at 6.30am followed by an hour in the gym on the rower or something else cardio
Tuesday - Sea swim
Wednesday - Sea swim followed by an hour with Ross, where for the first 30 minutes he stretches me as if I am on a medieval rack, presses so deep into my muscles with his fingers that I think I might be sick with the pain before doing 30 minutes of weights
Thursday - Sea swim
Friday - Swim 1.5k, Bike 40k, Run 10k
Saturday - Gentle run usually 5k
Sunday - Thank the gods another week is over
And Repeat, And Repeat, And Repeat…
And onto todays Triathlon. I was into the sea at 5.30am as I wanted to get this done before the 24 degree heat set in. I swam twice around the pier, which was just over the 1500 metres needed. Then it was home and onto the bike. I headed up to Devils Dyke and did a 40k exact route up and down over The Downs until I found myself back at home. Then shoes on and I ran 5k to my Dad - he rests at the cemetery off Old Shoreham Road and has done for almost 16 years now. A quick stop and a chat with Dad (I know it’s odd, but it helps me and that is enough) and then the 5k run back home. It was a hot one for sure, and I had already gone 36 hours without eating (just because) and that made the last section of the run harder than it needed to be. But the job was done and I was back home downing a protein shake and huge bowl of peaches in syrup before heading off to the office for the day’s work. I very much enjoyed the 3 cocktails I had in the evening I can tell you!
So now here I am ready to take on whatever the world throws at me in the coming week at work and at the Starr Trust and ready to start the week of exercise again and head into triathlon number 27 - CRACKING ON.
A repetition can be defined as one complete movement of a particular exercise. Yep that’s what this challenge is. It’s the 52x52 Repetition Challenge. And the result is a build up of exhaustion.
Officially half way! Today was my 3rd triathlon in 7 days, 25 weeks into the challenge and number 26 out of 52 done. And I have done it with no obvious injuries, which is either a miracle or because I am being looked after by Ross Thornton, the best coach and trainer there is.
Triathlon 25/52, second one in 2 days. This was an official one in Eastbourne called Tribourne. It was the setting for the full Ironman I did last year and I have to say I think I had a little PTSD standing there waiting for the off🤣.