As soon as I left Hyde Park yesterday I was so pumped up that all I could think about was getting home so I could get changed and get to the pool! However, on the train journey I began to talk myself down.
I knew that with all the excitement of the day that I was liable to over do it in the pool and would push myself that little bit harder. Not such a bad thing I hear you say. Well, no, not such a bad thing when I’m a bit further into my training block but right now I need to keep in mind that I’ve been away from hard training and racing since January! The last thing I want to do is rush back and injure myself – I’m still building my base and increasing my pace gradually to avoid this!
I woke up this morning still filled with energy and began to think about what I would do today, training wise. At first I thought I’ll do a double run day with a swim in the middle…but after breakfast my sensibility kicked in and I remembered what I had to tell myself last night: easy does it, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!
So with that in mind I headed off to town to find a frame for my signed Chrissie Wellington photograph, called my friend Jonjo to arrange a bike maintenance session/hang out later this afternoon and checked the pool timetable. The timetable tells me I’m good to swim from 1230hrs onwards and so I intend to head there to swim a cumulative 1.2 miles (70.3 distance) before taking it easy and working on my mountain bike in the afternoon.
I’m going to continue to take it easy and gradually increase my work rate until my Hansons Marathon Method training plan kicks in on Thursday 15th August. Thereon in it’s going to be hard work, mostly focused on running and then running some more but with the added variety of cycling and swimming to reduce chances of pre-race injury.