So we’re in the UK. A small little village called Knole in Somerset visiting Charlotte’s parents and introduce Mack to our other relatives and I must say that I’m really enjoying the training on small country roads. Exploring, getting lost and finding a way back, braking tyre levers and working a way to change the spare sans levers, only to find valve is not long enough for the rim and then being stranded. It’s made training exciting.
My excitement is buoyed by the challenge I have coming up. In three weeks time I’ll be heading over to Cape Town in South Africa for a ‘little’ Epic Unsupported Tour where I’ll be riding with some exceptional South African athletes, so I need to be fit both mentally and physically for the 825k of mountain biking over 8 days… the epicness continues with hopefully finishing the last day around 2pm (Christmas Eve), getting clean, packing a bike, having time for some burgers and beers (well deserved) and making the 8pm flight from Cape Town to London, arriving Christmas morning then 2hrs drive to CP’s folks. I can’t miss our little mans first Christmas.
Anyway I was training this afternoon on parts of the old Ironman UK course down in Sherborne. It’s not that long of a ride from Knole but the wind came out to play. So then came the choice. Do I put it in an easier gear and spin, or do I keep it in the big ring and push? If you know me, then you know I’m quite partial to riding in a big gear… Riding on a mtn bike into a headwind in a big gear is hard work.
However it made me think of one of my favourite quotes, “The world class are comfortable being uncomfortable” and if that is a trait that helps you become world class, then it made perfect sense to push. Especially since this was my TT tolerance day. So adding some good fatigue to my legs early on before my planned TT was a great opportunity. See, developing the ability to push hard when it counts is another trait of the world class and when it counts in racing is being strong in the back end of the bike and the run.
I was presented with a perfect opportunity, to continue to develop my strength, add some good fatigue (yes there is such a thing) and then another opportunity to over come set motor patterns by getting comfortable being uncomfortable. Today this was made easy for me. First with the wind, then getting lost and having to race the dwindling daylight home. Fun but effective times.
The question begs. Are you willing to be uncomfortable? To continually step outside your own comfort zone and open the doors to the triathlon success you want and that is quite frankly inside of you waiting for you to decide to unlock it.
I have made it really easy for you. All you need to do is plug and play… In the Southern Hemisphere we have Ironman NZ, IM Melbourne and IM Australia all coming up early next year. There is still time to ensure you’re on the right plan and following the right advice.
“Kristian, What I did want to mention sooner rather than later is how bloody happy I am to have made the move from long aerobic time wasting sessions to this new plan. You have absolutely no idea how _____ good I am feeling right now. You have motivated me so much that I cant believe it and I want to thank you so much for that. Ive come a long way from doing the long programs back in 2008 to get me to Kona and I now feel so strong, confident and motivated that I am absolutely going to smash IM NZ in March. Lucky for you that you are not in my age group lol.” Glenn Davies
“G’day Kristian, I’ve been wanting to email for a few weeks now just to let you know that I reckon the $97 I spent on your plan and readings is the best money I’ve spent in triathlon for quite some time!
I’m into week 3 now and I’m really enjoying the training and how it’s structured. The Tuesday bike strength/power sessions hurt but are gold. Anyway just wanted to let you know that Im thoroughly enjoying working to your plan, the emails are great as is your website.” Matt Hartnett