At the last moment, well 4 days before the event I decided to take up Lorna’s offer of racing as a team by myself and entering the Blenheim triathlon. I had completed it once before back in 2009 and finished with a time of 1.31. That was my first ever open water swim, I had not even practiced in the wetsuit before and had a shocker ending up doing breast stroke for a good part of it taking over 18 minutes.
Anyway despite having not done any swimming for 18 months or any significant running for 6 months and only one 80 minute bike ride. I decided to have a go for the crack.
The swim was a lot better than my first attempt and I managed to get out in 15 minutes with a bit of extra training I think I might be able to knock a minute to 90 seconds off that time in the swim (next time).
The bike leg felt pretty good apart form having to dismount 3 times (everybody had to) to let pedestrians cross the road as the foot bridge had been damaged,I reckon this alone would have cost me an extra 2 minutes and with a bit more training I could have been a couple of minutes quicker so that is an extra 4 minutes faster potentially on the bike.
My knee had really stiffened up after the bike and it took me a couple of minutes to get going, after that I was ok and managed to myself around ok. With some extra training I think I could go 90 seconds faster on the run.
So I reckon I might be able to get around the course in a time of 1.21. It’s a target to aim for for next time. I’m never going to be in with a chance of winning an event like Blenheim as I’m too big to be competitive 94 Kg. However with sport a lot of time it is challenging yourself and doing as well as you can possibly do and above all having some fun.
The afternoon slump that people often get is because they have had too much carbohydrate at lunchtime.
Excess carbs at lunchtime from sandwiches, pasta salad or any sort of cake or chocolate bar cause blood sugar levels to rise too quickly, insulin then gets produced to bring down the blood sugar levels and this leads to the slump.
The solution is to have a higher protein lunch and have beans, lentils and chick peas or brown rice as a carbohydrate source rather than bread pasta and cakes.
There are the obvious caffeine containing stimulant energy drinks like red bull that can help boost your energy levels, if you must have one of these in an emergency then have the no-sugar option.
The amino acid tyrosine available in powder and capsules can help increase alertness in the afternoon and can be used regularly.
However if you address the underlying cause and reduce your carb intake then you won’t need the additional measures and expense of caffeinated drinks and supplements.
> Drinking herbal teas has got to do you some good even if you don’t have prostate cancer. > > Green Tea Protection Against Prostate Cancer – New Study > http://blog.designsforhealth.com/blog/bid/163204/Green-Tea-Protection-Against-Prostate-Cancer-New-Study >
> Mmm interesting but not surprising. > > Ridiculous though if you think about it, obesity and the diseases related to it have got to be the biggest causes of death and Drs are getting next to no training on it. > > > > Medical schools fall short on teaching students about obesity, study finds > http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121031151542.htm >