Welcome back! As you know from my last post I am now an athlete under the Blair Davies Triathlon Coaching program. I don’t know about you but I always find the first week of a new training program brings excitement and fear, not a fear because I am scared of whats to come but the fear of not being good enough to complete the week and live up the the faith thats been put in me from the coach. Lets take a look at how I got on in the week and what the training was like.

Monday was the first day of my program with Blair, I was down for a swim but won’t be starting my plan until Tuesday as I had swim training with the Swindon Triathlon Club. After swimming for an hour I had covered 1775m and was heading home to get some sleep.

Tuesday morning meant an early start with the first of two training sessions for the day.  It was nice to have a gentle run with some strides thrown in before most of swindon woke up, there is something about running at dawn with just your thoughts and the sounds of the birds that I love.
After work I headed down to a local gym for another swim session. The warm up was a mixture of front and back crawls and then 15 x 100m front crawl for the main set. I covered 2400m so was more then happy with the effort.

Wednesday arrived with an email from blair attached was my new Strength and Conditioning plan. The aim is to improve core strength that will help with running posture, power transfer on the bike and improve the stability and position of the body in the water for the swim. I was concerned that the first line of the email was “I am not going to lie, this will hurt.” but that did not put me off and when I got home from work I completed the 20 minuets of Strength and Conditioning, Blair did not lie, my whole trunk was screaming at me to stop the whole way through. Once finished I let my body compose its self and then went for a swift 7.9km run on what was the hottest day of the year. I realised after I should have drank more fluid before I went out. Rookie mistake on my part.

Another Swimming session in the program meant that Thursday was upon me and I was up for another early morning trip to the pool. Again the warmup was a mixture of front and back crawl with some drills added in for good measure. Main set was 20 x 100m and I will admit now they where a struggle as my core was still hurting from the previous nights core workout.

My first tempo cycling session on Friday morning saw me up early and heading out to the cotswold water park. Again it was a joy to be out in the tranquility of the countryside before people had woken up. After a 22km circuit I was back home and heading off to work to rest my legs.

Saturdays are normally a quite busy day for me, I have to take my daughter to ballet just before 11 so I went out for my run set at 8am. I have found a good route for the run that takes me across swindon. After the warmup I had 30min of pace running so decided to start that at the beginning of an old track connecting two sides of the town. I was a warm morning but that added to the feel good factor and I managed to knock out a 10km run.

When I got home the post man delivered a care package from the people over at Health Currency. I will be taking once capsule each morning, check back in a few weeks to see I am getting on with them.

Sunday was not a good day for me! I was up at 5:30 to go out for a 2hr 30min ride that Blair had planned for me. I got out onto the route and found a nice flat road so decided to put the hammer down and get my speed up, unfortunately during a gear change the rear mech broke and ground to a halt. I had to do the walk of shame back home and ordered a new mech which will arrive shortly.

So your probably thinking how do I feel the week went? Well after following up with Blair I am happy. I have had my highs and lows but feel we have made some good progress during the week and as a result I have shed 2kg despite upping my nutritional intake. The week has been tough, actually harder then I am used to but I knew I would be pushed to give my all.

Check back next week for another catchup on my progress and see what improvements we have made.

Until then, ciao for now.

Alex

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I am Alex, a novice triathlete based in the south west of the UK. I have been dabbling with sprint triathlons since the end of 2014 and I have to admit its been great fun but a lot of hard work, harder than I thought it would have been if I am honest. In 2015 I met Blair Davies of Blair Davies Coaching and I told him about the passion I have found for the sport and also my goals for the future, one day I would love to race in a GB tri suit in an age group race.

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