Day 26 – starting again

Today was like resetting the dial to zero and starting again. After yesterday’s milestone of being a quarter of the way through this challenge to complete 100 Olympic-distance triathlons in 100 consecutive days, it felt as if I was just beginning all over again, but with some valuable lessons having been learnt.

To summarise what I have learnt so far:

It is possible to complete Olympic-distance triathlons on numerous consecutive days, I had never done that before starting this challenge. In fact, one previous trial of just two days ended in failure.

The biggest difficulty is to ignore the time and go by how the body feels, staying in control of each effort and concentrating on the goal of finishing the 100th, rather than making every effort to finish this one as fast as I can, with no regard for the fact I have so many left to go.

There is a fine line between eating enough to sustain the effort and not having had enough nutrition to last the three or so hours a triathlon takes each day.

Recovery is so important, especially just after finishing each one. The muscles need time to absorb nutrition and be ready to do anything else.

Being prepared is vital, the stress of organising equipment and fitting in each triathlon while working more than full-time can be enormous. If you make a mistake or lose half an hour through forgetting something, it can add much unwanted tension to the day.

And support is incredible. The tiredness that comes with the continuous effort leads to heightened emotions. A word of encouragement, an update re-tweet or a donation really helps.

Control of effort to avoid injuries is the most important lesson and, as I started the second quarter of the effort it felt like I needed to learn this lesson again. So keen was I set out to conquer the next phase, warning bells were ringing in my head as I pushed my body to the limit of what it could do.

I know I will face more injury scares before I can complete 100, so I must quickly re-learn this lesson and focus on the bigger goal as once again as the effort today was probably too much and I am inviting parts of the body to go wrong.

Today, as every day, I paid tribute to the officers and staff who died on duty. On November 25, they are:

1862 – Police Constable Ebenezer Tye – East Suffolk Constabulary

1877 – Police Constable Archibald Cook – Bute County Constabulary

1877 – Sergeant Edwin Edmonds – Somerset County Constabulary

1882 – Detective Constable John Cox – Dublin Metropolitan Police

1921 – Police Constable John McHenry – Belfast Harbour Police

1940 – Special Constable George Bryant – Bristol City Police

1940 – Special Constable Gilbert Shortman – Bristol City Police

1944 – Inspector John Bateman – Air Ministry Constabulary

1944 – Reserve Constable George Routhorn – Metropolitan Police

1945 – Chief Constable William Edwards – Cambridgeshire Constabulary

1975 – Reserve Constable Samuel Clarke – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1975 – Sergeant Patrick Maxwell – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1982 – Reserve Constable William Moffat – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1987 – Sergeant Gordon Brown – Metropolitan Police

1987 – Police Constable Geoffrey Collins – West Midlands Police

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