Mike’s Middle Distance Magic: Tri Season Is Approaching Fast!

It’s March, which means in the UK we are one month away from the start of the tri season. This winter training block has really gone quick and it’s crazy to think that winter training is coming to an end!

The reason I know tri season is approaching in the UK is my bike is due for its annual service on Sunday to get it ready to venture outside after a winter on the trainer. I can’t wait for this as this winter has been my best training ever thanks to Ray and has given me a really good stepping stone to hopefully build into for the season ahead.

Despite this I learnt a really valuable lesson this week! I didn’t manage to do my long run on the Monday so I thought it would be a good idea to put it in on Saturday as it was the only time I could fit in the 2 hour run. Well I did it and it didn’t go too bad. I managed it and my pace, RPE was pretty steady. However I feel I had a big build up of fatigue going into this session as the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday was my interval swim, bike and run sessions and then I went straight into a 2 hour run on the Saturday. Well long story short come Sunday, which should of been my long bike workout, I was shattered, feeling really fatigued, aching and drained! I spoke to Ray and he sent me a blog he had written previously about another athlete that had done something similar in the past. Here’s the article as I feel I’m not the only one that has experienced this!

Strange how Mick and Mike are quite similar, haha

So long story short Ray is the brains of the operation and I need to stick to the plan, haha. It is there for a reason!

– Mike Catton

Mike is training for some triathlons and half Ironman in 2019. Check in next Monday for his next article about his training journey.

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