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New year, new identity, new challenge.
Decided it was about time I planned a visit to my good friends in NZ again. Last time I was there I tied my visit in with the Auckland marathon so thought I'd aim for something different this time around. I've narrowly avoided signing up for the Pirates annual outing for the past couple of years - managed to persuade myself that IM was beyond me. However, having been persuaded to do a sprint tri last autumn and enjoyed it, I thought I might give it a go and have decided to aim for IMNZ next March giving me stacks of time to build up real slow. I know that’s not exactly the Pirate way to do it but it’s more likely the way I might succeed.
The plan is to spend this year doing some intermediate distances and make a final decision about the ironman after doing a middle distance in Sep/Oct – NZ trip will happen regardless. Will definitely do Beaulieu sprint tri at the end of June - attracted by bike section which goes all round my childhood stomping grounds though I don't live in that area any more. Haven't decided on what other sprint or standard events to do yet and can't decide between New Forest or Vitruvian for the middle distance towards the end of the season.
So, thought making my intentions public might help with my focus and motivation not to mention support and advice when the going gets tough.
Training hasn’t started too well. Signed up for a fitness class to improve general conditioning and had the first session on Tuesday last week. It was mostly squats and lunges with small free weights and I enjoyed the class though could feel my quads protesting by the end of it. By the evening I could feel my legs seizing up and Wednesday morning I could barely walk and stairs were impossible; I’ve had less pain after a marathon. Took till Friday before I could move with any semblance of normality but I did cry off doing a hilly XC race on Saturday. Still, looking on the bright side, at least it should make my quads stronger which can only benefit the bike.