Andrew Read Athlete Journal

With the crash last week everything this week has all been about one thing – get the bike fixed. I've also been preparing for the first Australian RKC and my upcoming half Ironman.
After a week of travel and some calf trouble, I had another obstacle this week: a bike accident. I escaped with a few bruises - and a lot of gratitude for breakfalls.
Suddenly, out of the blue, my 'good' calf started tightening up today. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it isn't serious enough to derail my plans for my first triathlon next month.
It’s easy to blow off training when life gets crazy, but the key to progress is consistency. Here's how I've planned to continue training despite upcoming workshops and travel to Korea.
One of the questions I am getting asked all the time is how can I stand the “boredom” of Ironman training. For me, the time goes by quickly because I'm so focused on the little details.
I love learning new things, particularly when they impact both my coaching and training. Here are some lessons I've learned during my Ironman training that I wouldn't have known otherwise.
It’s been a great week – positive news about my calf and the new bike getting here. Training has been great as well, with over twelve total hours for the week.
Ironman training starts next week, so I spent this week trying out my wetsuit and preparing my new bike. Also, an unexpected cure for my calf problems: lots of back bends. Who would have thought?
My body is feeling better, the weather is getting better, and my girlfriend bought me the most amazing Garmin watch. Life and training are good again.
My calf once again is injured, but this time I went straight to the man who treats the Australian track and field team and I may have discovered a treatment that will work.
Last week I was sitting here feeling pleased with myself for another solid week of training. This week I’m off running for 2 more weeks because my OTHER calf has decided to play silly buggers.
This week I discovered, or rediscovered, that sleep actually is an important thing when training for Ironman. I did great up until Thursday, and then things just started getting rough.
I got bored on recovery week, so I researched what comes next after Ironman. I've found it - Epic Camp! 'Cause really, the hardest things we do in like also generate our most cherished memories.
I’m not going to lie – I’ve crushed myself over the last two weeks. Getting a result from training is all about one thing – you have to hurt your body so that it repairs and returns stronger.
This week a lighthearted look at some of the things I have learned since starting to train for Ironman. It's what I call The 10 Rules of Cycling. Study up so you don't mess up!
This week I remembered why you shouldn't go running with your girlfriend...especially when your girlfriend runs 20 kilometers at lunch, for fun.
This week I may have actually learned something. After months of struggling with a calf injury, I think I've figured out the secret that will allow me to keep training for Ironman Melbourne.