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This is the first of what will be regular posts from now on highlighting how my training is going, and any events I have tackled along the way. So, a million miles from Lanzarote, what is all that about I hear you say…

This post was originally planned for a few weeks back when I was starting to build a good fitness base during the snowy weather, and at the time it felt as though I was a million miles away from where I needed to be to tackle the Ironman in Lanzarote, both physically and mentally (and so was the weather at the time!). Since that day, things got worse as I became ill so had to take 2 weeks of training, but now I feel I am back on track, although there is still a lot of work to be done to prepare my body for such a gruelling event.

During the last month or so I have been trying to use my time wisely. Over the last 6 weeks I have been attending a course run by Leighton Buzzard Triathlon Club, who I am a member of, focusing on improving my swimming technique. Although I missed a couple of sessions because of the illness, I have gained a lot from these sessions, and even had some video analysis performed which has enabled me to actually see my faults which has been a massive help!

Boardman Air 9.2I have also been doing a lot of research on the internet about what to expect during the lead up to Ironman, and during the race itself. From this I have been able to start planning, and making sure I have all the equipment I need to make the event go as smoothly as it possibly can. One of the major pieces of equipment is obviously a bike, and I have just invested in a new one to help get me round the course as quickly and as comfortably as possible. More on that in a future post though, once I have had a few rides and a proper bike fit on it.

So, a bit more about the training… before the illness I was running half marathon distances, as well as cycling parts of the Ironman Lanzarote course on my Turbo Trainer to help get used to the hills. This was coming along nicely and my legs were feeling strong. After the illness it took a few sessions for my legs to start to feel like they belonged to me again, and although I am not quite at the same distances as I was pre-illness, they are starting to feel strong again. I know it will not be long before I am going longer in distance and time that I was just a little while ago. I have settled down into a routine now as well, and as of next week swimming will become a regular part of the routine as I build up the distance to tackle the 3.8km swim at the start of the Ironman. All in all I feel very positive about how my training is starting to progress towards the 3 major races I have targeted this year.

Well, that is all for now, and don’t forget, if you would like to sponsor me please visit www.justgiving.com/iamMichaelBanks

Bye for now!

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