Today was a really good day! Having piddled around since my cycle trip with the occasional swim, and cycle on the watt bike at the gym, plus a few runs, I really needed to put down a good brick session, what with Ironman 70.3 South Africa only three weeks away.
What I really needed was to spend some quality time with my tri bike having spent 2 weeks, and about 1400 kilometres, on a mountain bike with big old knobly tyres and a rack and panniers, which is quite different to the tri bike in numerous ways.
This morning was overcast and without a breath of wind and I set out at 08:30 for the cycle. I have two adult offspring staying with me at the moment and the weather was not expected to change so there was no need to rush anywhere. My bike felt really ridiculously light when I set off just as I had hoped it would.
I had a glorious ride and was able to push quite hard having rested my legs yesterday. I spent three hours getting reacquainted with the old road bike (which is nothing fancy at all). We have done quite a few Ironman and standard Triathlons together and so the love, love, hate, love relationship continues.
I pushed hard until the end as I wanted to test my legs on the run. After a three minute transition I set off on my run trying to keep a high cadence. My legs felt good straight off the bike as they usually do (relief from muscle strain associated with peddling at high wattage). I managed 45 minutes of running in quite humid conditions and was absolutely knackered by the time I stopped. Nothing that guzzling water straight from the tap followed by a lovely smoothie couldn’t sort out.
I felt like a triathlete in training again. None of this 15 kilometres per hour stopping to eat and take photographs nonsense.
I am back on track. I will be doing the 70.3 as training (not wearing a watch) for my 8th Ironman South Africa race in April, and an Olympic distance Triathlon at SA Champs in March in between (I just realised that this clashes with The Pixies concert in Johannesburg that I have tickets for – tough choice, but the Triathlon should win it).
Getting back to today being a good day! One of the best parts of my training this morning, something that really put me in a good mood, was the number of people that I saw out and about wearing lycra.
I greeted more runners, walkers and cyclists than usual and by a long way today. Almost all had a smile and a friendly greeting to offer up as I ‘whizzed’ by them. They did not look like the serious athletic types but they were out there, parents, kids, old folk and young peeps of various shapes, sizes, colours and dare I say textures. They were out enjoying the day, being active, moving the oxygen with the blood as they lived and breathed with an elevated heart rate.
Aerobic fitness helps to strengthen the heart and lungs and combats type 2 diabetes and depression. It can also help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Of course doing it in nature has the added benefit of up skilling ourselves for soul navigation.
There is a time for rest and a time to move. The body should rest when it is tired. Move first then rest. Natural environment is best.