In triathlon, we talk about the need to focus on several disciplines that affect our swimming, our cycling, and running. To the main three sports, we usually add recovery and transitions to the list, meaning we’re training five things at once. Today I’m snatching a very brief respite from a race of a different kind, and enjoying a last moment of calm before the sprint to the finish.
Tomorrow morning at 6am, I’ll load my triathlon race kit into my friend’s car for the drive out to the Henley triathlon. I’ll also be travelling with my tools, and more clothing than normal, a huge 32kg suitcase more than normal. For tomorrow, I’m not joining my club mates at the starting line. I’m there to cheer on friends. After the race is over, I’ll continue onward with my gear to Heathrow, to move across the Atlantic Ocean to Seattle.
Since Ironman UK, I’ve had a bit of a chance to recover from the hammering my body took. It’s been five days since I’ve been on the bike or in the wetsuit, nursing a leg injury I picked up in Bolton. To be honest, the enforced break has been really good for me and I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal disciplines on Monday.
Right now I am living the disciplines of: Packing, Shipping, Recycling, Chucking, Cleaning and LastMinuteSocializing. It’s exhausting. I clearly haven’t put in the training for this kind of endurance sport, and I’m starting to doubt my race plan!
I’m really looking forward to moving back to Seattle; in some ways it’s about returning to a home that I left behind more than half a decade a go when I started my Master’s degree in London. In other’s it’s a chance to explore and train in an entirely new place, where I’m familiar with the terrain, but have never had a chance to enjoy as an athlete.
The weather isn’t that far different from Oxfordshire, though less windy and the rain is more of a constant mist. Great open water swimming, good pools, amazing access to every kind of cycling (hills, mountains, flats, off-road) and a phenomenal running culture. If the weather was sunnier I’d be going to a triathlete’s paradise. As is, I’m thrilled about the change, and it’s a great reset from the last few years in the UK.
See you Sunday Seattle, a World away.
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