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London Triathlon looms closer, the Tour de France inspires

I hadn’t really been thinking about until my tri buddy, Steve, alerted me to the fact that the triathlon was now only five weeks away. Gulp! I think my reaction was. Although now riding into work several times a week, that alone just couldn’t be considered sufficient exercise to prepare for the event ahead.

Despite the improvement in strength and general fitness, it became very evident that more had to be done, especially following a 10 Km forest run, which seemed to drain every remaining ounce of energy I had left in my exhausted body.

In a vain effort to make up for lost ground, I sense I may have overdone it on the riding in to work front, when after the fourth ride during my second week I attempted a brick session consisting of a run directly after the 16 mile ride home. This truly did me in, and for the remaining weekend completely wiped me out, so much so that I didn’t feel up to the scheduled Monday morning ride into work. I must say that I was grateful of the rest and as a result felt stronger for it.

This week has been a bit of a write of due to the horrendous rainy conditions. I know what you’re thinking, but I really couldn’t face riding to work in those abysmal conditions. Only today did I muster up the energy to commute in, and even managed a 5 Km lunchtime run, which wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The ride home was strong, so there’s hope yet.

The Tour de France has started, which always makes for good inspiring watching. You’ve got to love Wikipedia for the excellent info on Le Tour. Check it out at

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