23 Jan - 2 Alpes Night Trail
2:11:05 - 28/101, 4/16 AG
21 Feb - Anglian Duathlon
2:15:36 - 36/175, 3/22 AG
28 Feb - Brighton Half Marathon
1:26:15 - 233/8095, 66/1439 AG
03 Apr - Windsor Duathlon
2:16:57 - 100/519, 6/90 AG
04 Jun - Trail Challenge Marathon
12 Jun - Midsussex Sprint Tri
1:12:27 - 20/238, 4/40 AG
26 Jun - 1st Swim Crawley Tri
0:59:28 - 5/68, 2/20 AG
06 Aug - Phoenix Running Marathon
3:24 - 5/102
26 Aug - CCC Ultra Marathon
21:29 - 465/2200, 27/152 AG
19 Nov - F3 Duathlon
2:09:24 - 3/50, 1 AG
04 Dec - Downland Devil 9
1:05:52 - 11/250, 2/28 AG
22 Feb - Brighton Half Marathon
03 May - Steyning Standard
1:49:52 - 6/97, 1/19 AG
27 May - Arundel Standard
1:59:57 - 6/105, 1/19 AG
14 Jun - Midsussex Sprint Tri
1:09:55 - 9/272, 4/51 AG
12 Jul - ETU Euro Champs, Geneva
2:22:39 - 47/79 AG
26 Jul - Worthing Standard
2:25:09 - 109/398, 16/54 AG
08 Aug - Triathlon Castro, Spain
16 Aug - Noja Aquathlon, Spain
22:15 - 18/41, 1/7 AG
13 Sep - Virgin Active Brighton Tri
1:21:39 - 7/133, 2/21 AG
20 Sep - Brighton Marina Tri
1:44:24 - 11/115, 5/44 AG
11 Oct - Jog Shop 20
2:45 - 13/110, 4/22 AG
07 Nov - Hermes Thames Half Mara
1:28:07 - 5/362, 1/55 AG
28 Dec - Phoenix Marathon
3:14:05 - 4/96
01 Feb: Pilgrims Challenge Day 1
30 Mar: Springtime Sportive 54m
05 Apr: SDW 50 Ultra
21 Apr: Thames Turbo Tri
1:04 22/347, 1/31 AG
04 May: Steyning Oly
1:46 15/111, 3/22 AG
11 May: Beacon Rouleur Sportive
31 May: City to Summit Tri
22 Jun: Sussex Triathlon Oly
2:37 21/93, 2/13 AG
19 Jul: Race To The Stones 100k
24 Aug: Triathlon du Mont Blanc
1:17:03 34/310, 8/82 AG
07 Sep: Bala Oly
2:11 118/560, 20/118 AG
14 Sep: Brighton Virgin Active Tri
21 Sep: Brighton Marina Tri
1:48 7/109, 4/28 AG
16 Nov: Brooks 10k
39:09 205/3196, 53/548 AG
07 Dec: Downland Devil 9
|The long haul up Alpe d'Huez
Arundel and Midsussex Triathlons, plus a couple of duathlons
Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:43 pm iainm
Time to blog again - plenty of events to cover before I head out to the ETU Champs in Geneva in two weeks' time.
Arundel Standard Triathlon - 1:59:57 (6/105, 1/19 AG)
Overall I was very happy with this race as I picked up 1st Male Vet, although I was 1:45 slower than in 2012. The swim was disappointing - a minute slower, which I put down getting overtaken and then stuck behind a slower swimmer. I took it too easy drafting behind him when I should have put in more effort. Then to cap it off, the (unnamed) dickhead didn't let me overtake after two lengths of tapping his ankles, then told me to 'eff off'.
That got my HR flying. I tried to tell the marshall at the end of the swim what he's said, but he just thought I was swearing at him and the race referee came over to talk to me in T1. I lost a bit of time trying to explain and she understood, but I was fuming and not focused at all on the bike. I was slightly faster than 2012, but I find it hard to keep my focus on a 40km bike. I should be doing better than av 33.6 km/h on a course like that (one 5 min drag and then mainly flat).
If you like challenging runs, you'll like Arundel. They send you out along the river than after 5 mins or so it's up and down 4-5 times. Good if you like hills (each one 3-5 mins). I was 1m20s slower than in 2012, but I guess I'd been doing more running then.
Still I finished 6th overall and 1st AG. The dickhead apologised to me on the bike (apparently he was on his way back from an injury...?) and I told the referee and organiser I didn't want to make a complaint. It was also a lovely day as my mum was over from Australia and she got to see me go up and pick up a prize.
BTRS Duathlons - 1:01:37 and 1:01:49 (2/34 and 1/17)
I've managed to fit in a couple of midweek BTRS duathlons, which have been great high intensity training sessions. They are also unusual in that they are a mass start, so you know exactly where you are in the field and how far ahead/behind you are. This puts very different pressures on you compared with racing the clock and it's interesting to me how it's 'easier' to run faster when you know the guy behind you is gaining 10 secs every km!
Midsussex Sprint Tri - 1:09:55 (9/272, 4/51 AG)
I entered this because it was near, a good sharpener in the lead to Geneva and, I have to admit, because I thought I could probably win another AG prize. Well, two out of three ain't bad - I missed the AG prize by 15 seconds. It being a pool swim, there was no one to chase but the clock and I didn't do it well enough. Pretty sure I could have eked out a faster run split if I'd known. But I wasn't unhappy. It was the last day of a three week block of training and I'd cranked out a tough turbo session on the Friday before the Sunday. I'm happy knowing I'm in good shape and I'd done my best.
Two weeks to Geneva - warming up nicely
I don't have any massive expectations for the ETU Champs in Geneva (12 Jul). I'm very happy to be representing GB again (even if I had to shell out to buy a new zerod trisuit). As I only got my place on the roll down, my goal is to beat as many other GB athletes as I can.
My swimming feels in decent shape. I've been getting into the sea once or twice a week, my numbers in my tougher (20 mins threshold, 4min off, 20 mins threshold) are edging up and my running feels good. I ran a trail 10k race in sub-42 yesterday and felt strong.
My real goal is Worthing (26 Jul) where I want to qualify - first-time round this time - for the ETU Champs in Lisbon next year. So two big races in the next month - hopefully I'll have positive news in my next update.
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