Saturday, 30 November 2013
Well if i had to rate 2013, i'd give it A**, only where A is for amateur. The two *'s are the couple of high points, which i'll get to shortly. I've raced triathlon for around 8 years, had a great coach for a good part of that, and have also been lucky enough to peer through the window of the elite side of the sport on occasion. So during this time i'd like to think i've learnt a bit. Only this year i trained like an beginner! I put virtually no base in during winter, then started trying to rev the engine up as the season approached. Race 1, Chirk, went well, so i revved the engine more, got sick in time for my next race, The Slateman, missed a few weeks training post race, then revved the engine even harder, and got sick again for my next race, Chester Deva. Took a couple of weeks off, then started with more top end. This is where i hit lucky, i was actually hitting peak form, but without realising it - i thought i was just working hard to make up for lost time. Next race Llandudno Sea Triathlon - Oly distance - which was the Welsh Championships, this is where i hit really lucky! I hit decent form, the Sprint race which was held on the same daywas a last chance qualifier for the World Champs, meaning some fast guys chose to do that instead, and finally my main opposition for the title, my very fast team mate Arthur Connel, lost time with a puncture. BOOM, Welsh Champion!! I've made the podium previously, when carrying very good form a few years back, but to grab the title, whilst being not close to my best was fantastic. I sometimes feel our National Governing Body, Welsh Triathlon, don't really rate our National Championship much, but for me it's been an honour, i'm National Champion, it means alot.
Next up was the Eirias Standard, i entered at the last minute, and i am so glad i did. Looking back, i'd hit peak form without realising. I had a decent swim, then absolutely nailed the bike leg, held a decent run and took third spot on the podium. Chuffed to bits! Next day i woke up with another virus, took a few weeks off training, then tried more top end stuff. I was also losing motivation, struggling to get in the pool more than once a week. I'd burnt the engine out, by over revving it with too much top end work and not enough base and recovery sessions. Bloody amateur. I knew what to do, but panicked and ignored my own advice, hoping for shortcuts. The last few races of the season, were painful, just going through the motions without the physical ability to actually race how i wanted to.
For the past couple of seasons, i keep thinking i want to get back to a high level of form, finish on a high note. The reality is, I've been slipping down, hanging on by my fingertips. To have good form, you need to be dedicated and train hard. I question whether the dedication is still there? I want it to be, but only time will tell.........