The Diary of a Novice Triathlete – Day Thirteen

V Cars Diary of a Novice Triathlete – Day 13

Right I’ve made a decision. I’m going to abstain from alcohol until the swim. It’s the only way I’m going to get into good enough shape to do this thing. There’s just no shortcut. The reason I’ve made this personal pact? ANOTHER weekend self-medicating, this time with Wexford Wherry, Norfolk’s tipple of choice. Oh, and Aspall Cyder – that stuff is lovely. Oh, and Rioja. Oh, and Sauvignon Blanc. A weekend camping in Norfolk – you get the idea.


As far as training is concerned, football on Thursday of last week was my most recent run around and while I’ve getting a bit fitter, I’m also getting more and more worried about being able to complete this swim. What if I have to bail half way through? The embarrassment. What if I have to be saved from drowning? Oh goodness, this could go horribly, horribly wrong. That said, I still have enough time to get in shape. If I stop drinking on the weekends, I think I can drop half a stone and build enough stamina/power to do 750M.

I suppose the best way to think about it is this: If I was advising someone else in my position, what would I tell them?

· You’ve got to be able to complete 1,000M comfortably in a pool by the end of next week.

· You’ve got to control your refuelling to include more fruit and veg, less carbs, no alcohol.

· You’ve got to be able to run for 10k on a treadmill in under 55 minutes or 5 miles outside in under 45.

· You’ve got to get your sleeping patterns right. Get up at 7am and be asleep by 11pm every night.

This means not going online and looking at twitter/ebay/apple trailers etc. until 11.45pm and thinking: “Oh, just another five minutes will be fine.”


On the subject of films (for film buffs, my top ten are below), I saw the film Carnage last night: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christopher Waltz, John C. Reilly. It’s based on the play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. The film itself concerns the way we, as humans, pretend to be the best part of ourselves. However, scrape (or, more accurately, rub) beneath the thinnest veneer and we’ll reveal our darker selves. In Carnage, two sets of parents meet to thrash out how to deal with an altercation between their sons. The film is not really about the incident but about how our prejudices and self-image dictate our world view, and how we represent ourselves.

I wonder, have I agreed to do this swim to become someone else? To be a better version of myself? Is that why anyone does an endurance event? To change themselves into a person who can endure difficulty and insodoing collect a set of more evolved personality credentials?

Do triathlons, and endurance events in general, remove some of our inner darkness? Does the difficulty and hardship of endurance events make one more empathetic with others going through difficultly and hardship?

I think it might.

My wife, the most empathetic person I’ve ever known, tells me quite often I need to be more empathetic. Perhaps amongst the carnage of August 5th, I might become a better man.

Swimming today after work. Looking to get to 30 lengths (750M). New Paul.

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