So I thought, as you do, that an update on my state of training was in order, especially as it is four weeks today to the actual event. And bearing in mind that training should 'ease up' in the week leading to the triathlon itself, that means I have three weeks to get ready.
Okaaaaaaay, no problem.
Let's see where I am.
Swimming. Does walking fast in the rain with no umbrella count? No, I thought not. Fine, so that's about a +1 then, as in one half decent swim to date in a proper pool, cut short after fifteen minutes because the school kids were arriving en masse and I was asked to "get out please madam". Not sure who was more put off, me or the pool attendant.
Cycling. Having taken delivery of a gorgeous new bright red Specialized road bike last weekend, I have now had two outings to Richmond Park and completed a full lap each time. Without falling off. Or stopping. And today I even overtook someone! Okay, he had stopped on the hill and was pushing his bike, so maybe that does not count, but most importantly it was fun and I love it.
Not so much the boys racers in their cars who still seem to think doing 40mph at 7.45am is acceptable on the park roads (note the speed limit is 20mph) and overtaking a bit too close for comfort is not
Which brings us to running. I'll be honest here, this is probably the least of my worries as I have been running regularly for years now, and with easy access to a perfect training lap on my doorstep (aka 'the bridges').
However, the realisation that I will have to do this after completing 25km on a bike when my legs will feel like jelly is just starting to dawn on me. I am wondering if they would let me opt for 'green' alternatives, you know, like an electric golf buggy, or (even better) a sedgeway.
Somehow I think not.
So back to the hard slog I guess. I will just have to rely on my training partner BB's incredible stamina, and your own messages of support. And my alarm clock of course.
And on that note, here's the link again if you would like to help out!