It’s been almost a month since I got back from my mid season camp out in the Alps and my training has been great in preparation for my last race of the season out in Turkey on the 6th October. It’s been a tough and very frustrating season, due to an injury to my foot early on which put me out of several races, which set my training back quite a number of weeks, and then to top it off a few political reasons to why I’ve not been able to get as many race starts as I’d have liked.
Mentally it’s been really hard to cope, and this is the first time I’ve had to deal with mental battles within triathlon. Set backs haven’t helped me with the qualification for Tokyo next year, but there’s still time and still racing opportunities out there early next season if I can get the race starts I need. Because of this I’ve relied on a lot of support from friends and family. I’ve been lucky to have such a great network of friends around me who know when I’m down and how to cheer me up. One of these moments was a Tough Mudder in Crawley. I needed a weekend away with my mates, to have fun and to just take a few days off training to clear my mind. I know other athletes may deal with mental battles differently to me by continuing training through it, but I feel like just a day or two off away from my bike or from a swimming pool refreshes me, and allows me to reset, come back fresh, ready to get back onto the large training load.
I head out to Turkey on Wednesday 2nd October and have a few days to prepare for the race. It’s looking like it’s going to be warmer than I’d have thought so late in the season but I’m prepared for that. The race is on Sunday 6th along the sea front in Alanya. I’m hoping for a non-wetsuit swim, the bike should be very fast as it’s not at all a technical course, but the racing wheelchair section looks very twisty turny so that is going to be a very interesting part of the race, and a part of the race which will play into the hands of good racers with good chair handling skills.
After this I will update you all on the training diary, how the race went, and what my plans are for the off season preparing for early races next year. Wish me luck!