What have I learnt training for 70.3?
As most of you may know, I am training for Iron Man 70.3 next year, and have recently raced my first triathlon and my first 94.7. In doing so, there have been a couple of things that I have learnt along the way:
- No matter how hard you try, you will never look sexy doing a race;
- You will get a ridiculous tan that you can do nothing about;
- Never sit down fast on something solid, your sit bones are likely to be tender, all the time;
- Nappy rash cream is a girl’s best friend;
- You will fall off your bike, more than once, and people will laugh at you;
- Swimming in open water is harder than it seems, especially when the buoys drift and you have to swim 500m further than originally planned;
- If you are a newbie or female; you will be racing at midday at some point during a race;
- Don’t rush applying sun cream in patches, it makes the ridiculous tan even worse;
- Being a triathlete is not cheap. At all. Start saving now;
- There will always be something better, or smarter, or prettier on offer that you don’t really need that you want to buy;
- You have regular mood swings about training; elation, hate, guilt, happiness, feelings of stupidity;
- You must sleep;
- The weather is not an excuse not to train;
- Someone will always be better or worse than you;
- A lot of dedication is needed; and
- Cuddling is not part of training, despite how much you’d like it to be.
…I really need to get a new – less dorky – hat…
…I was trying to win something from #purpleLucozade.. I didn’t.