Friday, 6 December 2013

Mrs Motivator

This post represents quite an achievement. Just six days into the month and already I’ve equalled the number of times I managed to update the blog during the entirety of October and November. This brings it up to four posts in the last eight months.  Some might describe that as prolific.

So I’ve left a couple of cliff hangers in the last couple of weeks - that’s not a euphemism for the digestive problems resulting from too many energy gels, I mean I have some loose ends to tie up.

Er, anyway. Firstly, did I manage to claim a place in the extremely popular Sevenoaks Triathlon (“Race of the Year Winner 2010”) and more importantly have I avoided man flu since I had my jab at Tesco?

Good job the barriers are there to keep the crowds back

Well I’m delighted to say yes on both counts. While the Trihard family have all been suffering from a variety of diseases I’ve just about managed to stay strong. Last Friday I began suffering from a bit of a sore throat and a runny nose but I haven’t really missed any training (OK, I had to bottle out of the club core and run sessions on the Saturday but I still managed the swim set). As a result it’s been quite a full on week with a couple of swims, several runs and a turbo session.

One of the events I’ve got my eye on next year is a half marathon in March. I have just started a 12 week training programme in preparation. This began on Monday. According to the programme (don’t mess with the programme!) Monday is a rest day. So not wanting to mess with the programme I didn’t do any running. However Monday night is Turbo Training night and I accidentally had a long swim in the afternoon so I didn’t get off that easily.

Unfortunately I wasn’t as excited about the second day of the running programme as it involved some running and I was feeling rather tired from the previous day’s swim and turbo sessions. As it was described as an “easy” run I just about managed to get myself out of the house and pound out a few miles. 

By that time I’d properly looked at the schedule and realised to fit it around my club training sessions I was going to have to tinker with the programme (tinker, not mess - you don’t want to mess with the programme!). As a result Wednesday became a rest day.

So yesterday (Thursday) the programme dictated  a run but I didn’t feel particularly motivated. Partly because I was feeling lazy and partly because it was flipping freezing outside. Then I discovered that Mrs Trihard and one of her fellow Try-a-tri cohorts were going out for a run. This was exactly the motivation I needed (mainly because it first involved a five minute drive in a nice warm car). 

And afterwards, because I managed to lock us out, we then got an extra mile or so in running back from our friend’s house with the spare key.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Keep it in the family

Despite my distinct lack of Triathlon ability a large proportion of my time is spent training and racing. It’s therefore unsurprising that this is starting to have an impact on my nearest and dearest. 

Pre-School Trihard (PST) has said many times that when she’s old enough she wants to come running and cycling with me.

Back in September it was PST fourth birthday. As befitting such an auspicious occasion myself and Mrs Trihard bought PST her first bike, complete with a seat for her trusted companion “Bunny” and tassels on the handlebars. 

If Daddy hasn't managed to catch up with me in 10 minutes time then I'm off

Understandably PST wanted to put her new steed to work straightaway so I offered to take her out for a ride. She gleefully accepted but then cautiously added, “I don’t want to go on the road and I don’t want to go out with your triathlon friends until I've practiced.”

This is an argument (lack of practice, lack of fitness – it’s all the same thing) that I've used myself to duck out of club sessions and the occasional race in the past, so it was quite a heart warming moment to hear PST get her first triathlon excuse in.

But PST isn't the only member of the family who’s been encouraged to pull on the lycra. Over the last few months Mrs Trihard has also got into running. This initially began by following the NHS Couch to 5K podcast but she’s now managed the odd 10k training run. 

In October we ran our first organised 5k together as part of the Great South Run in Portsmouth. Mrs T was aiming for 35 minutes but with my encouragement and the allure of wearing a foil blanket for the very first time we crossed the line at 31 mins 47 seconds.

Another day of romance in the Trihard household

However, this is only the beginning. Not only has Mrs T signed  for a 10k run in February she has also (fanfare please!) entered the East Grinstead Ladies Try-a-tri event (250m swim, 15km cycle and 2.5km run) in May. 

Like a heavily contagious disease it’s spreading. She’s now potentially roped in three of her friends to do it also. No wonder it’s the fastest growing sport in the world.