Making the Transition by Cycling Weekly's Paul Knott

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Well then, it’s August. Where did that time go? It seems as though amongst the heat wave summer we’ve been having and the feel-good feeling England gave us during the World Cup, August has crept up on us and the training we all promised we would be doing when signing up earlier in the year has fell by the wayside.

I myself have managed to maintain my training for two of the three disciplines despite these distractions. Unfortunately this is hardly a major achievement as working for Cycling Weekly I kind of have to ride my bike every now and then anyway. So hitting the Sussex lanes with some hill reps up to Devils Dyke is par for the course – even if unpleasant at times all the same.

And with my first sporting love being running, it means I don’t really have to be convinced to pull on my running shoes and hit Hove Prom as and when my dodgy feet allow it.

However, when it comes to the swim leg of the triathlon it has been a little bit harder to implement some sessions into my training, even with the aforementioned heat wave we’ve been enjoying, which I believe is the universe giving me a sign to head down the beach and test out the triathlon course first hand.

My swimming experience of lifeguarding at King Alfred as a teenager probably won't hold up seeing as the Olympic distance of the triathlon was over 25 metres last time I checked. The only way I’m going to feel confident when we line up on the pebbles in about seven weeks time is to jump into the deep end – literally.

That is what the next month is all about, not only honing my swim, but also mastering my transition technique – who knew that was a thing. As well as getting used to getting up to full speed straight out of the sea and off the bike.

But don’t worry if you are in the same position of me, if one or two legs are lagging behind in training (fingers crossed not all three!). Of course now is the crunch point in training, and if you want to do yourself justice on September 16th and most of all enjoy the day. Hitting the roads, pool and pavements hard from no one will be crucial to achieving this.

From my previous personal experiences, whether it is slogging around marathons and grinding through a Gran Fondo. They have always shown me that there is always someone worst prepared than you.

So rather than think of the times you were ill, injured or couldn’t be bothered to peal yourself off the sofa. Think of the great training sessions that you got under your belt and has got you to the start line in the best condition possible, and if all else fails there is always next year. Where the excuse of a football World Cup and heat wave won’t be a valid reason to miss out on those training sessions.

Paul Knott is a news and features writer for Cycling Weekly. Twitter @p_knott.

Images by Cycling Weekly's Chris Catchpole.

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