To be honest not a real lot has happened over the past month so
I'll keep it short and sweet. In saying that though, don't stop reading now just because I've said that as this will still be the best thing you read today.
This time of year it seems that every single triathlete from Australia is jetting around the world off to some warmer climates in Europe while I'm stuck in Tasmania training by myself, freezing my arse off. And it's not even winter yet!! Well it will be when you read this but it's still officially Autumn as I'm writing this. Not that there is really much of a difference in Tasmania, summer seems to last for about two months and then after February it's just winter for the next 10 months. It would be a lot cooler if it would snow, I've been missing the snow since coming back from Poland and wouldn't mind it here. If you ask me the weather should be in the 30s or sub zero- from one extreme to the next, none of this rubbish in the middle!
Early morning rides aren't the same without a sunrise... the days are getting shorter!
I've just made a whole paragraph about the weather so that gives a bit of understanding of what's been happening in my life over the past month... Not a great deal other than too much school and my training.
It did take me quite a while to get back into shape after my break but I seem to be back in action now and training is starting to go really well. Despite the not so consistent pool temperatures ranging from below 20 up to 30 degrees, my arms seem to be getting the job done and I'm starting to move along quite nicely in the pool. Same for the legs as my riding and running are both starting to show some form! Over the past few years about 80% of my run speed sessions I've done by myself, but I've just started training a bit with arguably 3 of the best middle-long distance runners in the state. It's great to have someone that can push me in sessions which should get my running to the next level. Being in a group situation really does make it so much easier, from one week training by myself to the next week training with the group, on the same course, doing the same session, I improved by over 300m in a 20 minute fartlek.
Next month is looking like it will be much of the same, more school, more cold weather and more training. June is also the month of the Launceston 10, an IAAF verified 10km course in my home town, just a ten minute drive from my house to the start line. It is one of the biggest fun runs in Tasmania and one that always attracts a great field, and I think the race record is in trouble this year. I wouldn't be surprised if the winner runs 28:40 or less! I'm looking forward to the race and ready to redeem myself after a shocker last year (getting to the
3km mark in 8:40 had me just about crawling home). I still won't be in great
shape for the race because it's still a long time till I want to be peaking but I'm still hoping for a pretty big race.
Hopefully I've got some good news regarding the race in my June blog. But for now I'm off to watch the live feed of Madrid!
Until next time,
Cheers, Jake Birtwhistle