Triathlon 31/52 (1st of 2 this week)
Swim 32.46 mins
Bike 1.40.26 hr
Run 58.43 mins
This is another of those weeks when I need to get two Triathlons done to bank one for a holiday. In fact I need to bank 2 as I am away in August for two weeks, so I am doing Tuesday & Friday this week and also the same next week. A tall order generally, but more so with a sciatic back. Yes I know the back again, boring boring boring! But to not mention it would be not giving the full picture. However, the good news is that by working through it and trying to smile instead of grit my teeth I find that I am making it better. The secret definitely is to work out how bad the pain is and then react to that. So for a 9/10 pain it’s got to be very little movement, but movement nonetheless. Once it gets to about 5/10 pain, which is where I am at now, then you can push through it. So this morning I did just that, I did the Triathlon as if I was pain free and just pushed through. It wasn’t easy of course, but interestingly enough it became easier as the minutes went by. At the end, at around just over 3 hrs in I felt the best I have felt in weeks. I am hopeful that within another week or so I can completely stop whinging about my back and start talking about the challenge itself – sorry if I have become boring on this back subject!
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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.
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!
I started my morning at 5.25am on the beach and by 6.30am was helping a stranded swimmer get home! Let me explain...