I love the feeling of being a triathlete. I felt that swimming the other day for the first time in a long while. The feeling of gliding through the water, not exactly effortlessly and I’m sure it wasn’t pretty but I wasn’t drowning either.
There’s something about ow it feels when I start back swimming, it feels like I’m training. I start to feel like an athlete again.
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Kona Secrets: Lessons learned from over 50 Kona Qualifications.
Knowledge doesn’t produce results, action does. Just knowing how to do something doesn’t guarantee success, especially something as difficult as qualifying for Kona; you have to put in the hours. In this book I share some of the lessons I learnt between being a back-of-the-pack beginner to qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
It doesn’t matter if I’m already running and riding every day, that’s just what we do anyway. A morning run with Ais or an easy coffee ride with John on a midweek morning when we should probably be working but say fuck it lets ride instead.
Dragging my arse to a pool and getting through 3000 meters always makes me feel different. There’s a definite purpose to being there.
Riding the bike can be (and lately almost always has been) just going for coffee and cake. It’s not really training, I might do some efforts or stick it in the 53/11 and grind out some big gears for a while. But it’s just what I love to do. Road, MTB or tri bike, it doesn’t matter. I just love being outdoors and riding.
I sometimes think I was born with cleats on my feet and with my legs pedalling circles in the air. But I can’t quite remember that far back….
A friend said to me once that riding isn’t training. It’s having fun, it’s playing. Or words to that effect. And that’s exactly right. It is playing, it is fun, it’s a way of clearing your head and getting the endorphins buzzing. It’s being in the mountains dancing up a climb, hitting the gas for no other reason than you feel good or want to make someone hurt a bit or show them that you’ve got good legs, it’s screaming down a sinuous descent leaning into corners trusting your life to the two tiny bits of rubber sticking you to the road at crazy speeds.
Sure, swimming gives me an endorphin buzz too, but it feels much more serious, more purposeful. Maybe because it’s always in a pool, maybe if it was in a pristine alpine lake or in the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea it would feel like playing, like fun.
But aside from it feeling serious and deliberate or just playing and having fun. It was really good to discover that I still love that feeling of being an athlete, that I want to train again.
I’m really glad that it’s not gone.
I do miss the fitness, the feeling of strength and power and speed that comes from months and years of hard disciplined training. But I know that will come back given time.
Time, work and a little less cake.
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From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.
Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
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