Balance training

Last year, I joined a triathlon training group – with absolutely no intention of doing a triathlon. I am a sea swimmer and wanted to swim with a group. That’s it. But, over the year, I began to take part in the cycling and, even though I thought I hated it, the occasional running session.

A lot of the participants were full-blown triathletes and there was something about them that was different to other sportspeople – marathon runners, for example. I know a few of the latter and they are focused, single-minded endurance athletes. Triathletes seemed to have a more balanced approach to sport – and life. Their psychology began to interest me, as much as my regular swim and occasional run.

Coach Kurt Charnock was a font of aphorisms: ‘prepare for a mini adventure,’ ‘don’t suffer paralysis by analysis’ and

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