Saturday, 9 January 2016

A Whirlwind Year & New Goals

They say that a year is a long time in sport and, for me, that certainly rang true in 2015.

It has been a little over 12 months since my first entry in this blog and to say things have changed would be putting it mildly. 

A year ago I was just managing to break 30 minutes over 5km, I didn't own a bike and had not even remotely considered the idea of swimming, other than a refreshing dip in the ocean.

Fast-forward 12 months and I have completed 11 triathlons/duathlons, I have a coach, I'm putting in around 12 hours a week training and loving every second of it.

I am regularly set tasks that challenge me both mentally and physically. These are things that I would not have done when I was doing my own training and it highlights the benefits of having a coach or mentor to set your program for you.

There are the obvious physical gains from the aforementioned challenges but it also does volumes for your confidence.

I cannot speak highly enough of Nathan Miller and Project M Training, my only regret is not joining the team earlier.

The best part of it all is that it is still very early days for me and I'm excited as to what the future holds. 
On the bike at the December Illawarra Triathlon Club race.
December was another solid month of training and also included a little hit out at my local Illawarra club triathlon which was a lot of fun.

A surprise 5km time trial at our weekly run squad saw me register a new personal best of 21:18. This was a 40-second improvement for me in an area that I was beginning to plateau just a couple of months ago. 

I well and truly met all the goals I set for 2015 and am in the process of setting some for 2016.

There are already a few that I have in my sights. They are not specific in terms of a figure, time or outcome but are all integral to my continual improvement as an athlete.

I have broken them up into categories;

Consistency - The most important of all. I pride myself on getting every session done as best I can. Barring illness there are no excuses. This is something that brings many people undone and is the thing that I consider a priority. 

Swimming - This is easily the most frustrating element of triathlon for me. I'm currently working hard and swimming about 20km more per month than I was previously. It is the field that I have the most to gain in and hopefully by sticking at it the gains will come.

Diet - While I wouldn't say my diet is poor, there is a many ways it can be better without requiring any drastic alterations. It would certainly be the catalyst for further improvement.

Running Off The Bike - With every race or brick session, I feel I am edging closer to producing splits closer to the sort I would in a normal run. I'm aiming to achieve this in the near future.

Distance - The inevitable next step for me is to start racing over longer distances. With the volume of training I am currently doing, the Olympic/Standard distance is something that I'd be confident to tackle now. There is also the allure of 70.3/Half Ironman racing that is certainly not out of the question. As I've learnt, a lot can happen in a year!

During the run at the December Illawarra Triathlon Club Race
January holds more hard work and training as well as another local club triathlon. I will be doing this one the day after working an eight-hour shift beginning at 3am and coming straight home to spend five hours in the saddle climbing hills. I'm relishing the challenge and can't wait to see how my body responds.

After that it is onto more triathlons in February and early March in Huskisson, Wollongong and possibly Kurnell.

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