Issues so far:
Jan - Back locked up, spasmed muscles and took 2 weeks to address properly. Very low training and easy during this period - 6-8 hours per week.
Ongoing maintenance in the form of foam rolling since this - mainly lats that get tight so hoping it's from better swim form.
Feb - Had a bug that was doing the rounds and trained through for a bit and delayed recovery as a result. Prob 2-3 weeks of mediocre training again during this period.
May - Having some fun Go Karting at a stag do, came around a hairpin to have guy in front turn and lose it too late for either of us to change racing line. Resulted in him spinning and me going straight into him sideways.
I took the brunt of the crash and my back whacked sideways against the seat.
Fortunately, just bruising and again further spasmed muscles.
Another 10 days of easy/mediocre training until sorted.
June - Food poisoning/Bacterial infection - knocked me out for a week of zero training.
There was a 5th issue during this period, which I'm still getting right and that is the self-coached application of training stimulus.
I could have mirrored what worked before, in terms of intensity and days etc. But have experimented and lost the most important element - consistency.
At least, consistency in terms of the overall load I know I need to be training at in order to improve this season.
So that's a quick update on the negatives. Now what about the positives?
Well ironically due to all the inconsistencies I've only really been base training and haven't got into any real quality work yet.
This is both due to me planning to peak much later this season and also due to fitness levels not improving enough due to above issues.
I am where I am now, and I feel that base has landed at last though slightly thrown by last weeks infection.
I competed in 2 races recently being Tri an Mhi Half Ironman (4th) and Kilkee National Olympic Champs (18th).
Both showed good signs of improvements mainly on bike and fitness is growing.
I am now in a position to start the quality training and build for peak fitness at the end of the season for 2 goal races - Ironman Mallorca and also Lost Sheep half ironman Irish Champs.