A newbies’ first month or so – By Johan Beenn n n n 2/21/2017n nn n n n 0 Commentsn nn n So there I was about a year ago. I have done a few of these 70.3 and 5150 thingies and I was getting comfortable with the training regime and the lifestyle. But, there was something missing. I have previously chatted to some 70.3 and 5150 friends, and a few inspired me with their achievements. Mostly, because they were of a slightly “bigger frame” and “carried a teenager around” – much like me. It has always been on my bucket list to do an ultra-type of sports event. Comrades was even contemplated, but there is too much running involved. With all of this is mind, I took the plunge and entered for the full in PE this year. What an achievement??!! Well I thought so, my bank manager not as much. 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.