So after Durban 70.3 I started to train a bit harder- apparently full is a bit tougher than a 70.3. I was with another coach and suddenly got to know what the hype is about Training peaks and Strava. Unfortunately I had insight and got a lot of gossip from the Trifactri camp the whole time (Brother in law and his Kona buddies!!!). I was continuously told about the excellent training and team spirit that I am missing. It had to come to some point, and whilst I was being thrown with ice (instead of it being given to me) at Midlands, I realised that I am missing out – I needed to step up my training.
The relief I had when Lucie gave me the nod that she would take me on was overwhelming. The interview I had with her even more so! No job interview I had has ever been this thorough and tough!!!
So there I was at the beginning of this year. Up early on a Wednesday to go to my 1st track session. Quite nervous about meeting such a lot of super athletes. And as you know, I am a major introvert, so this was daunting!!! But I was proven wrong in my doubts. What I saw and experienced at Midlands was not a once off. I was welcomed immediately within this family. The spirit and camaraderie within Trifactri has opened new worlds and friends for me. Oh, and some other barriers were broken down immediately – never knew I can still run a km under 5 minutes.
I do not like your running style!, You try and run too fast!, Cadence!!!, Pace!!” I thought the Boss lady was either trying to kill me, or confuse the hell out of me.
But, as proven time after time, she knew what she was doing. East London 70.3 came up and for the first time doing this race, I enjoyed every moment of it. I had a game plan given to me, and I tried to stick to it. When I started my run, I heard this little Czech voice in my head “High cadence, small steps and keep your pace”. I ran myself into a PB!!! What a day!
What a fantastic experience!