Hello I'm shas and since I decided to get that iron part in my title, it's all been a bit "blah" frankly!! Got a bike in 2010 and took up tri's in 2011, but absolutely loved cycling to bits and you just couldn't keep me off the bike whenever I had the chance. Hate swimming but as its the first part the thought of the cycle would get me thru the swim, and run was that tolerable bit at the end to get to the finish line!
Since deciding to do an IM last year though, got a coach that was very much in the "lots of base miles" camp, and somewhere on the way too many to count 80/90/100/110 mile rides that were in the programme, I fell out of love with cycling and it became a real chore to force myself out for yet another 5/6/7/8 hour ride.
Didn't help that the one week I decided to just go for a ride on my brand new shiny P3 for the simple pleasure to just try & enjoy it & ignore all electronic things, that I went skidding over in some mud and cut myself to bits (thankfully the bike was ok).
Managed to do IM UK and have never felt a buzz like I did crossing that finish line, despite my knee pooping itself at mile 13 & having to walk most of the second half of the mara. Signed up for Weymouth half to keep the fitness & try to get the mojo back / live off the high, but when my knee pooped itself this time at mile 2 on the run, I think that was when the bubble completely burst and all motivation went floating off somewhere.
I've actually been more motivated to run since starting again at the end of last year / early this year, and while I'm slow as crap it's probably the strongest I've ever felt running. Swimming I'm actually kind of enjoying, but cycling is the complete opposite and anything over about 30-40mi I just want to get off and go home and have completely fallen out of love with it.
Did outlaw half in May and that was the first time that my knee has ever held up at half IM distance so was well chuffed & thought that would be the boost I needed, but did tour of Cambridgeshire the weekend after and I actually threw my bike away and just sat on the ground and cried at the end as I hated it that much (I did pick the bike back up again tho!).
Hence I'm also guilty of the over-snacking thing due to lack of motivation; I'm managing enough exercise to hold my weight steady (I put on about 4kg last year post IM & post surgery but my weight has pretty much stayed the same this year, probably managed to lose 1kg), but I know I could do with losing around 8kg and that if I stopped the crap snacking I'd feel better physically & emotionally & help to lose the weight which would also help everything.
Anyone else found themselves in this situation?! Stopping myself from snacking I know I just need to be more disciplined, but I don't know how to find my love / mojo for the bike again. It is gutting tho as I honestly used to love nothing more than riding, but now even 1 spit of rain is enough to make me go "nope it's raining can't go out on the bike" sort of thing and anything over about 2 hours (even just what I try to do as a fun ride), I just want to get off, throw the bike away & go home & eat.
Hever Sat 24 Sept (I think Sprint & Oly are the Sat & the half / full on the Sun?)
Brighton Sun 25 Sept
Hunstman (Hawley lake, Hampshire) Sun 25 Sept
I did Hever last year, not a bad event but because of the weather I swore I'd never go back. The day itself was fine weather wise but the week leading up to it had been raining heavily, hence everything - and I mean everything - was covered in mud & grass before you even started (and hence even worse by the finish - I don't actually know what was filthier at the end, me, the bike, my trainers or the car, as they use a field as a carpark and pretty much anyone in a small car had to be pulled out by a tractor it was that boggy). If the weather is ok in the run up then I'm sure it would be a lovely event; swim is in a lake so calm, reasonably hilly bike & the run is trail-ish around the castle so scenic at least.
Dorney you obviously know what it's like and I've heard good things about Portsmouth & been tempted to do that one for a few years but has never worked out to be the right timing for various reason (and won't be again this year!)
Dave - yeah I read that yesterday as well, but will just have to see on 25 July!
I think there are more triathletes out there now (just have to look at the number of people at IM events who put their hands up as first timers etc) - the popularity of the sport, and cycling, has grown massively in the last few years so events that were popular / had a good reputation before have become even more so now (but then you get companies that get greedy such as Human Race who are starting to go the other way, as I think this was the first year they didn't sell out at Windsor, or if they did it was certainly very late in the day)
You lot are making me wane between Austria & Roth now though, especially as Austria is still surprisingly available. Roth has ben on the bucket list for a while now though so think it's still the one I'm gonna go for next year (and yes split transitions are a pain and they might make me keep looking if it was just a random event I was looking for, but they wouldn't stop me from entering an event that I was really keen on, especially as dealt with it at Bolton last year). Can always do Austria in 2018 right?!
DOM - usually, yes. I've got my work calendar blocked & am actually contemplating putting a physical barrier up at the end of my row to stop people coming near me & am going to be sitting refreshing work computer & phone every few seconds from 5mins before it's due to open!!