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HIM T-33: mini-tri

13 July 2010 1,799 views 2 Comments

Today was a good day. I did a mini-tri on my own, mostly to get the feel for transitions, practice with all the kit, and get a feel for the cumulative focus, technique and endurance demands.

I had some good wins with the kit which is a relief (don’t need to buy anything new) although I still need to work out the best combination of socks and running shoes, few weeks to figure that out yet. It was an education just how long transition can take and I’ll be thinking a lot about which bits of kit I can strip out to save time.

Absolutely terrifying was how much slower I was swimming in the ocean. This is not good. Most of it is panic to be honest so I’m gonna schedule as much ocean swimming between now and then as possible. I’ll also be practising technique a lot so that – hopefully – it just kicks in regardless of panic.

Lola in the catalogue

Another good win was the downhills on the bike. I am ‘famously’ rubbish at down hills; very girly and break-tastic. When I went out with Jamie a few weeks ago he comletely bullied me about going down hill faster and I made some good progress. There’s this one down hill between Long Reef and Dee Why that I completely detest: the road surface is horrid, there’s always heaps of traffic, there’s a gutter and a ridge right where you don’t want it, and I always feel out of control. I’d come down there with Jamie on my back wheel and roaring “don’t break”. So, today, I attempted the same free wheel, and it was ok. I even managed to free wheel and not tense & grip my entire body over the frame. Actually that doesn’t have any real implications for the HIM because it’s a flat course but I guess from a technique point of view it’s good practise.

Last quick thing: I must stop procrastinating when I’m going training, it’s killing my training times. That’s it really.

Previous training posts

HIM T-35: mixed feelings
HIM T-38: beginning of training
HIM T-40: beginning of training plan

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