3 weeks, 6 days…

The countdown app on my phone tells me it’s 3 weeks and 6 days until DecaMan USA. That sounds like ages still, but my concept of time has always been a little off. 

On the 18th October 2015, I flew to Mexico (which was fairly terrifying in itself, as I’m not the best flyer) to attempt my first one-a-day Deca Triathlon.

It didn’t go too well.

To put it mildly.

In fact, to say that I was wildly underprepared would be an understatement. 

My training has always been a little on the sporadic side, swinging between over or undertrained. For this one, I was not only undertrained, but I lacked massively in experience. Throw in a bit of jet lag and my old friend back pain and you get a very expensive and hugely embarrassing accidental triple. 


I sat in the airport on the way home, feeling so depressed, that I bought a kitten. Anyway, I digress..

Back to 2018, and I’m sat wondering, (ok, panicking) about what, if anything, has changed? 

  • I’m a little faster. Don’t get excited, it’s not much.
  • I eat more now. Albeit mostly potato in different guises.
  • My core is stronger and my back pain more manageable (no joking here).
  • I don’t faff as much… or I faff and keep moving. 
  • I have a decent run / walk strategy (great for managing injuries and keeping a consistent speed)
  • I am the Queen of Sleep Deprivation and I rule in the Kingdom of Nosleeptillyou’redead. Fuck, yes.

Ok, that sounds quite positive, I might be able to do this. But wait, let’s wallow about in the negatives for a while. That’s always fun…

  • I’m still utterly rubbish with getting cold when I’m swimming (‘just swim faster…’  Yeah, cos I didn’t think of that before).
  • I’m still a panicky weirdo in open water (and some pools if I’m being really special). But the more I swim… the more I realise.. it’s just never going away… Ah well.
  • The event cut offs, hovering behind me like the Grim Reaper (Sweeper) enveloping me in its black cloud of negativity. And just making me think I’m a total loser.

I think that’s it and there are more good points than bad. And I’m pretty sure that the Queen of SD can kick the Grim’s ass…

Well, I guess I will find out in 3 weeks, 5 days, 6 hours and 9 minutes…

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