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Coach Ray’s Sufferings: Slow Return to Training

I had to really focus on not pushing myself too early last week as I started feeling good. Probably on Thursday I could have gone for a workout, but chose not to, instead waiting until Friday.

I made it a light session.  2,000 yards in the pool just to get back into the swing of things.

On Saturday my partner and I travelled down the West Coast to attend a function in Rapahoe, so I had a day where no training was conducted.  Next morning, whilst everyone was feeling the effects of the night, before I got up and went for a wee run (I threw my running shoes in just in case I felt like doing a wee run like this).

It certainly was a spur of the moment thing and I could have easily stayed in bed but I’m so glad I got up. The run wasn’t perfect and I’m certainly not 100% yet but it felt good to get moving again, unlike the 17 minutes of struggling I did up in Auckland.


Here is a link to last weeks Coach Ray’s Suffering:

Previous weeks of Coach Ray’s Suffering can be found here.



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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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