According to my very wise Mother-in-law 21 days can break any bad habit. She wasn’t referring to any nicotine addiction or obsession of Krispy Kremes but possibly the thought that I would never be able to break the back of my recent bout of inactivity, over eating and a little too much wine!
It’s been almost 21 days since I’ve started some kind of routine and training. I’d say this is my first week of adding any decent intensity, but thankfully I think I’ve broken the back of my temporary life without triathlon.
A rare day of sunshine in Snowdonia at the end of my four week break. Photo Creds. Toby Parnell
It’s Friday tomorrow and I will finish my third week of swimming Monday to Friday with a group of guys that highlight my lack of natural prowess in the water. I started swimming with them pre Kona and my morale took a nose dive, but having swam my best ever swims in the last two races of the season I’m happy to lap it up and accept my endless humiliation in the pool! Cycling has been a struggle, England has been welcoming endless storms and I think Bath is the UK’s dumping ground for any rainfall. I’ve spent some time as a drowned rat on the roads, in the mud on the mountain bike and have done some tough hours on the turbo. Running - I actually love running in winter. I always feel the weather seems better when you’re out on a trail than when you’re inside looking out at the rain! All in all I can’t expect any more for this time of year, I’m loving being back but also continue to work on spending time with the family and friends I neglect in the summer.
The main point of this blog post was to highlight my struggle! I've come to realise it's normal. The first two weeks of training were soul destroying. Although I enjoyed being back doing what I love. After the longest break I’ve ever had it was tough. I was very unfit and it hurt! I did a FTP test fairly early on and the numbers hurt my brain! Although I’ve questioned the need for a break and the need to put myself through the hell of regaining fitness, I really feel a break is an important investment for any form of health and fitness in 2016.
To cut a long story short, I’m now back into the swing of things and a tired body is becoming more natural, hopefully that’s a good thing and I’ll start to see the benefits soon. I’ll stick to rushing slowly though. It’s a long year and patience is my friend.
I'm off to South Africa in just over a week for Christmas with The Cheethams and South Africa 70.3. It's a real treat as this time last year I was still rationing my leave allocation from work so I had to choose between Christmas or racing 70.3 South Africa. I'll also be doing Ironman South Africa/ African Championships in early April and after a fairly wet start to winter in the UK I may consider changing my flight to stay in South Africa until then. Let's see, to be honest I don't think I can stay away from my dog (..and of course husband) for that long!
My first run back at home. I love running along the beach.