It’s been a while since my last blog update but in truth that’s partly because I have had my head down focussed on training.
There hasn’t been much in the way of excitement or races, just working through my training plan with Chicago drawing ever closer.
The good news is that the focus is paying off. I feel confident in where I am in my training, my weight and my fitness levels and I am feeling strong. With a single month left it’s where I want to be.
On the 5th July I took part in a race in South Lincolnshire. I had won an entry through an online competition and I am really glad to have taken part in this cracking little event. The first running of the “Tallington Lakes Triathlon” saw a decent number of athletes take part which included a lovely lake swim, a challenging bike course and a pan flat out and back run to finish. I am happy to report that having exited T2 in 4th I managed to push hard on the run and secure 2nd place overall. A good morning’s work was achieved.
With training being the primary focus at the moment I decided to run the Newham 10km race which started in the Olympic park and finished with a loop of the Olympic stadium. The run itself was fairly un-inspirational and due to the massive number of competitors and twists and turns it was difficult to find a rhythm and therefore a PB hope was off the cards. However, the finish was one of the best ever. The final 300m takes you out onto the Olympic track with crowd noise being pumped in. Superb feeling and a great setting for a finish. On the whole, not a race I’ll be rushing back to!
So somehow I found myself in August and I made a last minute decision to try and better my 10km time by taking on the Bearbrook 10km near Aylesbury. A large group of Stopsley Striders headed out for the race. Unfortunately, the “flat” course turned out to be not so flat and I missed my PB by 13 seconds. That said I was really happy with the pace I held throughout the run so it definitely helped with my confidence heading toward Chicago.
So, looking forward I have a calendar month. I have booked in my final “test” triathlon for the final weekend in August. I have entered and paid for all the things surrounding my trip to Chicago. Training is going well and I have an “easy” week to look forward to before two heavy race specific “peak weeks”, after that, it’s time to board a flight and head to Chicago!
In the battle between nerves and excitement – it’s pretty even right now.