I’m not sure I fully announced this, but it is fully happening! On Sunday 14th June 2015 I’ll be taking part in the 25th anniversary Windsor Triathlon. I’ll be completing the Sprint distance which is composed of a 750m swim, 30km cycle and a 5km cycle.
This will be a major achievement for me; being a triathlete virtually never entered my mind until the end of 2014. So this little series – TRI | CHECK | DO will be short and sweet posts about my progress, updates and what I’m learning on my journey to become a triathlete.
This particular post is about the support structure that I have on hand to help me get to the start line and then smash my goal.
Swimming | Strictly Swimming
I organised lessons myself late last year as I felt I needed to start sooner rather than later. Learning to swim again was a goal I always had, but never articulated. So what better way to smash that goal?!
Life Coaching | Jeff at The Tonic
Well I never thought I would need / have a life coach but I met up with Jeff in December last year and talked over the plan – where I was, where I need to be etc. He brought me down to earth actually.
I realised that if I was going to succeed, I needed to do what I don’t normally do, live in integrity (hence my post earlier this month).
I also realised after chatting with him that I need to up my game on the swimming front. I need to drag my butt to the pool outside of my lessons and get the practice in.
Training | RG Active
Marsha from RG Active will be putting together training programmes for us. I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with. I’m not an expert in the field of triathlon so I would have no idea where to start. I’ll be sure to share info on my plan when I get it…
Fitness Testing | Sports Science Consultants
Just before Christmas, I headed up to North London to meet Richard of SSC for some fitness testing in the form of a VO2 max test and some body composition analysis. The results were fascinating and I’m excited to receive my full report to share what I learnt with you!
Physiotherapy | Pure Sports Medicine
Alastair will be working with me to assess any imbalances I have as well as help me treat any injuries I pick up on the way to the start line. I attended for my initial assessment last week and came out with some great tips and some homework. Areas for me to work on are my calves (so so tight!), my hip flexors (need stretching), my glutes (need to get activated) and my arms when I run need some work on positioning.
Nutrition | Rhian Stephenson
I’m currently completing my 7 day food diary to share with Rhian before I meet her for my assessment. I’d love to learn more about how to fuel my body for strenuous activity as recently I’ve been running into trouble when I don’t time my meals well around exercising. I’ll share more soon…
Workouts | Psycle London
Psycle London, based in Regents Street have provided me with 2 sessions per week in the lead up to race day. Although I do cycle commute, it’s very stop start and I don’t get up to any crazy speeds. Spin class will help me to get some speed in my legs and like for the duathlon I can do BRICK sessions by running home after class.
Warm Up | Garmin Eton Super Sprints
On Sunday 17th May I’ll be getting some practice in at a smaller, shorter event! At first I was like, omg I have to be ready for then, but realistically I should be at the point anyway! It will be great experience for swimming in open water….with other people and to get a full, BRICK session in. I’m hoping to also get some practice in with a wetsuit.
I need to improve my swimming wardrobe a bit. Vain maybe, but I’d love a couple extra swimsuits to add to my collection! I currently have one I purchased about 10 years ago and one from Speedo I bought over Christmas as I needed a dry one to take to swimming.
I’m also looking for a pool that I can train in and ways to get more into water activities. I’m organising to try out the new SwimFit class which launched at Nuffield Health Gyms this year. More time in the water equals more progress.
A huge Thank You to Human Race for setting everything up and looking after us all so well! I honestly don’t think I could have done this, this year, without all the support I have to get me to the start line!
Are you a triathlete?! Any beginner tips / need to knows for me?! What’s your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) for 2015?!