Preparing for Potty…

29 Jan

This week, with frightening clarity it really dawned on me how close the Tweed Coast Enduro actually is…. It’s at Pottsville in New South Wales on the 25th February, and as we passed the 25th of January, I realised that meant it was now less than one month until my biggest mission yet…. A 70.3, or long course triathlon – a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21.1km run.  Cripes!

Monday I had an ultrasound of my shoulder, which required a cortisone injection. 12 months ago I tore a tendon in it, and a cortisone injection at that time fixed it as good as new. Unfortunately, over the last few weeks it has started to give me a bit of grief – particularly with overhead and backwards movements… you know, the kind you use when say… swimming…. With Tweed fast approaching I sought out my GP quickly in the hope I could get treatment without hampering my training or race. Thankfully, I was able to quickly get it seen to, and it is just starting to feel better now, so I’m hoping it keeps getting better and better. Other than that though, thankfully I’m injury free and feeling healthy heading into this event (a far cry from last year when I just did the bike leg having had 6 weeks off after my bowel resection… and the torn shoulder tendon I just mentioned….).

I’ve just made it through my last “hard” training week prior to this event (I think). While one swim session was turned into a bike (to rest my shoulder while the cortisone did its thing), I have been able to tick off all sessions.  It’s made for a busy week with my training log telling me I’ve managed to fit 13.5hrs of exercise in my five training days, around my three 12 hour shifts…


Today was my biggest brick session yet…as in ever…  Once again, I had the pleasure of my mate Kim’s company.  She knew I was heading out on a 4hr ride with a 15min run off the bike today and, while she knew I would do it solo, she also said she was keen to keep me company (she’s crazy right??).  So we teed up our ride – with a very respectable 0530hr start time (far better than the 0345hr start time last weekend!). With Kim as tour guide all I had to concentrate on was my riding.  I was able to spend some solid time down on my tri-bars to get better at bike handling on them, but also get my body used to being in a slightly different position. I was also able to practice race nutrition – the idea being the more practice I get now, the better I will be on race day (with it becoming almost routine rather than me forgetting to do it!).  I pushed hard to keep up with the pocket rocket, as we travelled north to Caboolture and then east to Scarborough, Redcliffe and Sandgate.  All up we managed 106km on our great adventure (4hr ride time) and I was stoked to find our average speed was 26.2km/hr.  This is a huge improvement for me, and it is nice to see all the training I’ve been doing pay off.  I’m sure riding with Kim helps me no end as she’s a stronger cyclist than I, and it’s always a challenge to keep up – it keeps me focussed and pedalling.

As we got to the end of our ride, I was briefly not very interested in going for a run. It was hot, and I was tired… when I joked that I had no idea why my coach would suggest I need to run off the bike after being on it for 4 hours, Kim was quick to remind me that I am doing a half marathon after 90kms in just a few short weeks… fair point she made!  So, together we jogged around suburbia just getting the 15 min done (mind you again, I found our pace was pretty good – and was pretty pleased to see a 6:20min/km pace for the couple of kms we did). At the end of today’s session I wanted to collapse in the grass only to realise if I got down I’d never get up again… But having said that, it was combined with a real sense of accomplishment. My training has seen me do distances on the bike I’ve only done a few times, only to get off and go for a run.  I know this is what triathlon is all about, but it’s still nice to actually feel like I’m doing it!

So as I come to the end of a big training week, and the end of the endurance phase of training, I now look at focusing on some speed work over the next few weeks.  Next weekend I race in Caloundra (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) as a bit of a practice run for Tweed – sure it’s less than a quarter of the distance, but it is a good opportunity to work on race nutrition, transitions and competing generally.

So… the final month countdown is on… now the big goals are to work on keeping my shoulder okay, otherwise stay injury free and healthy, focus on good nutrition, and continue to work hard during training so that in one month I can scream from the rooftops that I have completed a HALF IRONMAN!! I’ll keep you posted…



One Response to “Preparing for Potty…”

  1. Jane January 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    You’ve so got this Jen 💪🏻

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