Triathlon - an athletic contest consisting of three different events, typically swimming, cycling, and long-distance running.
"....It sounded easy enough when I signed up to do the AJ Bell London Triathlon."
I’ve been swimming for more years than I care to remember, I love cycling so much that I have three bikes, and as for running – well, that’s one foot in front of the other – like walking, only quicker. What I hadn’t factored in was how challenging and revealing it will be to train that big muscle, the one that will get me to around the course in one piece, my brain!
I spent today in a meeting. 9:30am to 4:15pm in an airless room with horrible coffee and listening to people talk to the point where it all sounds like white noise and I felt as if my ears would bleed. As I headed home, the sun was still out and given the day I had you would think I would have been looking forward to putting on my running gear and heading out the door. But my brain had other ideas.
During my hour commute home I had countless conversations with myself about whether I’d go for a run. There was the conversation about how it was too late in the day and too light. I prefer running in the morning, preferably in the dark (the dark gives me a degree of anonymity and no-one can see my body wobble).
We (me and my brain) then had the discussion about how tired I was feeling and didn’t have the energy. Yes, it had been an exhausting day at work but hey, I sat on my butt all day. Finally, there was the discussion about logistics, what route would I do? A long run, a short run, flat or slightly hilly? Which route would have less people on the pavement? Would I listen to music or a podcast? So many decisions to make and underlying all these discussions/arguments and conversations in my head, the overriding thought: ‘can I be bothered?’
THE BEST BIT
The outcome? I listened to music for 24.33 minutes while I went for a flat 3.16km run. Yes, it was hard (you can tell by my time) but I got some time to myself, the footpaths weren’t too busy and not many people saw my wobbles, I had chosen the right route.
And the best bit? The brain and body training is on track.