Aches and pains of triathlon training. Or is it?
You would think that after so many months of triathlon training that my body wouldn’t be feeling sore anymore. But today I have woken up with aching legs and arms. I can’t decide on the source of this achiness.
It could be the running reps on Monday. Hills have been introduced after lots of flatter running and perhaps this has caused tightened leg muscles.
Then again, it could be the return to Mark Russell’s Yoga for Triathletes after a month off. He really knows how to stretch out all those muscles that tighten when you swim, bike and run for a hobby. The stretching is good but it takes a while for the body to adjust.
Or could it be the swimming yesterday? I have mostly been swimming open water in Loch Ard or else in the Med on holiday so a 40-minute session of indoor pool laps might be to blame for the tired body feeling.
But, then I am thinking, it might be Go Ape! I took my 11-year-old nephlet for a birthday treat to Go Ape Glentress at the weekend and found it was a surprisingly challenging workout. I don’t like heights so I found myself clinging tightly to all obstacles and moving as quickly as possible to get off the rope nets, as well as holding on for dear life on the mega zip wires.
Who knows what the aching is all about but today’s session will not be helpful. I have a bike session then a run to do. Thank goodness for Thursday and a day of recovery.
I only have four weeks to go before the World Age Group Triathlon Championships and around two more weeks of hard training. It was been one of the longest periods of intense and focused training for me and while there are tough days – like today’s aching body – I have really enjoyed the challenge.