It’s 5:15 am, I’m lying in bed and the alarm hasn’t gone off yet. I reach over, pick up the phone and switch the alarm off before it buzzes and wakes Ais. I slip out of bed and out of the room without disturbing her.
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I wrote myself a training plan for this week. It’s the first one I’ve had in months. Today is a swim and run. The hunger is starting to come back. I’m waking early again, before the alarm most days and want to get up. I’ve had enough of lie-ins and mornings spent drinking coffee and reading in bed. For the moment anyway. That urge might come back in a few weeks and I might decide that this training and Ironman racing lark is overrated and go back to 7am wake ups, coffee and cake rides and easy jogs.
But for now the desire is back and growing. I’m starting to get the knot in my stomach that I get when I’m missing my daily dose of endorphins and adrenaline and structure and the satisfaction of knowing I’ve a session, or two done before I start my day.
The house is silent as I drink a small strong black coffee before I grab my bag and head to the pool.
When I say I’ve written a training plan for the week that’s probably a bit generous. It’s more of a loose idea of what I should do and what I can fit in around work and driving the lawnmower. I have today down for a 3000m strength swim. I’ll decide on the exact session when I start.
For now I’m thinking that exactly what I do is less important than the fact that I’m back in the water and get an hours swim done. After the swim I’ll get into shorts and a run T-shirt and head straight out for a 70 minute run.
There is a similar plan in place for the run; include 3×12 minutes hard off 3 mins easy. That note is mostly so that I don’t just jog around at six minute kilometres before getting bored, pulling the plug early and going for cake.
The swim made me feel like I’m training again, like an athlete (albeit an unfit one) The run went well, for the first two intervals anyway, the third hurt and I slowed a bit. But that’s ok. Lost fitness can be regained.
My thinking now is that if I get through a month, have stuck with the plan and still have the hunger and desire to train hard, the one that’s gotten me moving again, then maybe I’ll pick a late season race. Ais has said she might do one too, on the condition that it’s somewhere nice and maybe exotic and involves a holiday.
I think I can get on board with those requirements.
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From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.
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