End of the tunnel

After the rather downbeat offering that was last weeks’ post I’m going to do my best to make this one more positive. Fortunately it’s been a good week so far, something about sunny weather just manages to make all problems seem smaller. Add to that the relief accompanying the steady recovery of my injured wrist and the satisfaction that comes with making good progress in my training despite that setback and it’s been a recipe for a much improved mood.

As you probably know if you happen to read this thing regularly it’s fair to say that running and I have had a rather turbulent relationship. Over the years I’ve injured just about everything; ankles, knees, feet and calves have all fallen prey to this bad luck. I’m happy to report that for these last couple of months it finally seems to have settled down. Being able to consistently train has made a massive difference both in more ways than one. My pace has been slowly but surely increasing, hopefully to the point that the run will no longer be my achilles heel¬†when it comes to competing in Triathlons. In addition not having to worry about getting injured every time I put the trainers on has made running a far more enjoyable experience.

I’ve decided to make the most of this new-found form and enter a spring half-marathon. Ordinarily I try not to get too sentimental about these things but I’m going to admit that this particular race means a lot. Two years ago when I completed Yeovil Half Marathon for the first time it marked the beginning of the end of a very difficult time. Crossing that finish line having felt phenomenal the entire way round and subsequently finding out I’d knocked six minutes off my target time felt like a sure sign that things were about to look up after a turbulent few months. I’m happy to report that they did for the most part. Last year having temporarily given up running I didn’t end up entering. I have no doubt that returning to the start in a few weeks time is going to bring back some good memories.

Unfortunately Cycling hasn’t gone quite so well, for the first week after I injured my wrist in a crash sitting on the turbo trainer was almost too painful let alone riding a real bike. Luckily it’s made a good recovery in the last few days, indoor sessions can now be completed pain-free and yesterday I managed a short ride on the road with only minimal discomfort. Rather frustratingly it’s impossible to predict how long it’s going to be before I can consider it fully healed. It’s certainly going to be at least another ten days before I attempt to hit the trails again.

Past experience has taught me that the best thing to do in these situations is to try and look ahead rather than dwell on the past & pointlessly berate myself for things I can’t change, in this case not paying attention and having an unwanted encounter with a tree. With that in mind I’ve finally started planning my season. My original target of a Half Ironman in June simply isn’t realistic with the difficult winter I’ve had. Instead I’m going to take the pressure off and focus on shorter events, if nothing else simply having more experience of multi-sport racing and developing the skills associated with it will stand me in good stead for future years. One thing is certain, I’m not going to give up on my long-term goal of a full length Ironman.

I’ve been slightly coerced into entering a hilly TT in March. I’m fully expecting a beating at the hands of pure Cyclists, many of whom I know will have put in far more hours on the bike than myself over the past few months. Hopefully a tough season opener will help provide motivation to improve, there won’t be any shortcuts when it comes to getting back to level that I managed to reach last year. Spring is set to be something of a bootcamp in order to prepare for a mid to late season campaign. A trip to Mallorca in April should provide the perfect leg-up to upping that power output.

In short I’m heading into March in a refreshingly positive mindset, hesitantly optimistic that the string of setbacks that plagued me over the winter has come to an end. Of course there is still work to be done but finally it seems as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s to good 2018 season for all.

Thanks for reading

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