After being put on furlough by my employer at the start of December. The working from home routine I had become accustomed to became stuck to less rigidly i.e. more lay ins 😊. Even though the regularity of my training continued. The timing’s of the training sessions varied more. I finished 2020 feeling in excellent shape. Looking forward to showing the progress I have made, in my races in 2021.
What’s more I managed not to get carried away with eating an increased amount of food over the festive period, this is all part of being dedicated and having some will power/restraint. (refraining from over indulging), having respect for my body and what I aspire to achieve over the next couple of years.
2021 training for 70.3 races
I celebrated 2 years anniversary of giving up alcohol on January 7th 2021. Initially, I set a target of 1 year, but decided to continue for a second year. I have found this to have a noticeable improvement on many areas of my life, including quality of sleep and training performance.
From a personal perspective, the latest lockdown has been the most difficult so far, I don’t think I am alone in feeling this way. To use my time wisely, I have been working hard on my bike fitness along with my bike positioning, overall flexibility and circuit training. To help with my continued improvement/development, I have set some short term and long term objectives, which help to keep me focused on these tasks.
Unfortunately, not being able to swim due closure of pools is disappointing. But I guess everyone is in the same position unless you live by the sea.
Training for 70.3 season impacted again?
I do hope I’m wrong. However, I am of the belief that the 2021 triathlon season will continue to be interrupted. Due to the ever evolving Covid 19 virus. Ultimately, resulting in age groupers not being able to race this year. Whereas the pro-triathletes will be able to compete in a limited number of races. (Similar to how professional football has been able to continue but amateur football has been cancelled). If this is the case, I will be extremely disappointed. But will of course use the additional time to my advantage, to train for any rearranged races. I am determined not to lose my discipline or drive for an improved race performance.
The added benefits of physical training
I would like to finish by stating, that working out regularly, has had a beneficial impact on my physical health. But possibly more importantly my mental health. It has been a real positive in these uncertain times. Where a lot of things are beyond our control and it is something I look forward to completing on a daily basis.
If you or someone you know, would like to take part in regular physical activity or would like to find out more about leading a healthier lifestyle, including eating a more balanced diet, please feel free to contact me. I can help with motivation, alongside setting some short and long term goals to keep motivation, a great way of charting progress made throughout the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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