The past four weeks have been arguably the hardest in all of the year. After my month long break, which ended part way through this month, I was thrown back into the deep end of training and have struggled to feel my usual self during my sessions. I had forgotten how hard it is to start back up again. I had all the motivation in the world but that didn't help me to get through the tough sessions during the first few weeks. The swim for me especially is the hardest to get back into, I found myself taking ten minute breaks in the middle of the main set of 10x100m on the 1:30 cycle just so I felt I had enough energy to tackle the last 5! Just over a month ago I could have continued to do this set for hours if necessary, although thankfully I never did have to do such a session. That's what I find is the hardest part of having a break-ending the break and starting so far behind your A-game.
I spent a few days in Devonport training with some of Tasmania's up and coming triathletes during the third week of the month. Jan Rehula asked me to come for a while and be like a mentor for them, I'm not sure I was much of a mentor but I had a blast joining in on their sessions and having a bit of fun!
I'm writing this post on a small plane back home to Launceston after a week in
Melbourne training under the guidance of "Galaxy Triathlon's" Jan Rehula and
training with talent transfer triathlete Freddy Ovett. The week had a bike focus
so we were on the bike a lot more than usual, swimming and running still but the
key sessions were rides. The life of a full time athlete is great! I wish it was
holidays all the time because I could get use to training, sleeping and watching
TV all day long! The day before leaving I met with GIANT Aus and picked up my
brand new GIANT TCR SL1! It looks great and I can't wait to take it for a spin
as soon as I can!
It's been a good week and a great way to see out the month training in the sporting capitol of Australia.
Until next month, thanks for reading!