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Sleep is now my new best friend…The journey continues..


My new appetite for chocolate biscuits or, in fact, anything vaguely edible was well document last week. The hunger and grumpiness with lack of food is a common problem/challenge for endurance athletes the world over…. What I guess you can never factor in is tiredness..

I am not talking here about ‘ I am so tired, I have had a busy week at work’. This has a part to play but I am tired because of a busy work week, child care duties and I ve fitted in 2 runs 3 swims and 4 turbo sessions. This fatigue really creeps up on you. It has stealth, like a cat. It takes you by surprise. The focus of an Ironman has changed my behaviour. I now look for any opportunity to squeeze in a training session whether it be first thing in the morning, lunchbreak or after work. What I didn’t realise is this same behaviour is focussed upon any opportunity to fit in sleep.

Sure the training does ensure you, generally, sleep well at night, but I can now find justification for a nap at anytime and in any place. Commuting is my favourite (clearly by train not car). Warm trains, albeit not hugely comfortable are perfect for 30-45 mins of shut eye. I am your worst nightmare, quite possibly dribbling on your shoulder, but oblivious because twenty winks is pure heaven. Weekends….Oh my having to get up early for the Run/Bike  or swim sucks but come 2pm on saturday afternoon…Cup of Tea (chocolate biscuit clearly) and away we go…What could be better…

Some click bait article last week suggested that there we merits to dating a triathlete…all mainly focusing on physical attributes and sexual prowess (surprise surprise). However, the downside is that your partner may think you have turned into a cat. When not training, sleeping for any amount of time necessary. The one upside, as a triathlete, you would never know your partner is cheating on you – you are either asleep or training!!!!

Happy days!

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