I’m coming up to the final weeks of my
triathlon training. Swapping my kettlebells
for lycra and chamois creme! (I’m beginning
to like the combination of the last 2.)
But it went wrong this weekend, too little
There I was, all excited about testing my new
knee high compression socks. It’s the closest
I’m going to get to wearing stockings in
public! I had to spend 3 hours on the bike
and 1 1/2 hours running.
Weekend training sessions are tough,
especially in the heat, but I enjoy cycling.
20 minutes into my ride, I’m feeling good
with lots of speed. I suddenly realised I
hadn’t drunk anything and the thirst started
to well up.
One of the most important things in any
training is water. It doesn’t matter how fit
you are, without water you’re scuppered. Once
you’re thirsty it means the dehydration has
already set in and you’re playing catch up.
Anyway, I hit three hours. The last hour was
such hard work. I had slowed down and it was
so much more effort to finish. If only I’d
taken on small regular amounts of water right
from the start.
It’s a bit like peoples training/exercise
regimes. They start training when they’re
forced to (thirsty). Too little too late. So
it becomes that much harder and a big effort
rather than taking ‘small sips’ of exercise
so feeling good becomes much easier.
I’m off to put on my thigh high compression
socks and swim hat!
Have a good evening.
Russell ‘thigh high’ Pearcy
Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.