Firstly I would just like to apologise for the lack of blogs over the last couple of months, however I have found myself becoming my own project to coach. Unfortunately after the Poseidon race win I was time from forced into involuntary time from work, from competing, from training, and far the hardest no face to face contact with my children for over 10 days. After leaving hospital the day after the race I was told I had a suspected brain haemorrhage so some forced time out was necessary. Now for those people who know me, having time of training is like asking a dog not to go for walk. As the days went by and I sat on the sofa becoming the epitome of my opposite self, slowly getting deeper and deeper into a dark thoughts and feelings and just eventually feeling like I was in a rut.
Training for me is not just a way to get better at triathlon, it is my lifestyle. So sat idle on a sofa with my head up my arse whilst I recovered made me a little depressed to say the least. Luckily for me I have some amazing people around me and they encouraged me to turn my attention to other things to keep my mind from turning to the dark side and turning from a Jedi Knight into Jabba the hut.
Over the last 8 weeks I’ve had to re-evaluate my race season having been forced to miss the qualifiers for the world championships in Mexico which was my “A” race goal for this season, and now looking at who qualified in their times, I would have been going for sure Grrrrrrrrrrrr. However instead of dwindling too much I set about building my own Watt bike studio and gym. With my studies finishing by May 2017 I decided to get my business started early by also signing up to P.T. level 3 qualification to top up my ever growing C.V. Fortunately my previous qualifications have given me the skillset to get my arse back into gear, especially focussing on getting my mental state back on track ready to think about training. By using state and trait anxiety questionnaires I evaluated myself to see where I my frame of mind was and designed a small programme to get me up training and back on my feet.
By using mental Imagery and relaxation methods I have finally started getting back into my training with a view to have a nice come race in a couple of weeks, I surprised myself how much I had held on to my base fitness but I have lost it at the top end for sure, however with my focus now on Oulton park for the European Duathlon championships the next race will just now become a fitness tester and a relief I am just lucky enough to race again.
I would just like to take the opportunity to thank my fellow coaches at the club for covering me whilst I was absent, I would also like to thank my close friends from the club for helping me through this, and most of all I would like to thank my patient girlfriend for putting up with me because I was starting to do my own head in.
Yours in health,