June 6, 2019
We have spoken to Helen Murray, a personal trainer, triathlon coach and cancer and exercise specialist, about her experiences with recent sporting events. Helen is a seasoned athlete, competing in many events worldwide, continuously adding to her extensive knowledge of racing and training. As a triathlon podcaster and writer, holding a column for Outdoor Fitness Magazine, it was interesting to hear about her journey over the last few months.
It’s early May and I’ve only just been outside on my bike for longer than an hour for the first time since September. I’ve been on the turbo about twice this year and I’m yet to take my time trial bike out on the roads. I may as well also add at this point that I haven’t been in the pool for longer than thirty minutes at a time for six months and I certainly haven’t dipped my toes into the world of open water swimming yet this year. It’s not exactly ideal preparation for the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon which is somehow next month, despite it seeming so far away when I entered!
While I might not have many cycling miles in my legs or time in the pool to fill me with confidence for race day, I haven’t been sitting on my backside doing nothing all winter. Thankfully I have some decent fitness in the bank, having spent five months training for the 2019 London Marathon. In the build-up to London, I also swapped trainers for skis one weekend to complete the Engadin Cross Country Ski Marathon.
Although both of these events helped my endurance, running and cross-country skiing really aren’t the same as swimming and cycling and none of my training has been triathlon specific in any way. This means, with six weeks to go, I’m entering unchartered territory: panic training!
I am under no illusions that a month and a half isn’t long enough to get myself into decent triathlon race shape, especially when panic training Helen Murray style involves another marathon and a week of cycle touring in Sardinia.
As a coach, this is very much a lesson in how NOT to train for a middle distance race and I hope your training has been more successful. But having taken triathlon far too seriously for a few years, it’s refreshing to be able to do it for the fun of it once again. That’s why I’ll be putting the final touches to my panic training programme by joining my husband and two Knutsford Triathlon clubmates in the Mixed Team Relay Championships the day before the Gauntlet. I cannot wait!
Helen Murray co-hosts the Oxygen Addict Triathlon Podcast. She will be competing in the Mixed Team Relay Championships and The Gauntlet at the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon over the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd. Entries are still open for the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon 2019, join Helen and our many other athletes today!