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Joined: 09 May 2006
Location: Swimming with icebergs
Occupation: Buyer
Interests: Being a dad, Pool, Running, Cycling, Not swimming

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Race Totals
S/Sprints - 3
Sprints 5
Olympic - 1
IronMan - 1
Marathons - 4
1/2 Marathons - 2
RNR's - 2
Tough Guy - 1
Pier 2 Piers - 2
Reef Sea Swim - 1
10km's - 2
Tough Mudder - 1
Dusk to Dawn MTB - 1
Zombie Evacuation - 1
Dirty Weekend - 1
Whole Hog - 1
Nuts Challenge - 1
Mucky Races Steeplechase - 1
Supershot Challenge - 1

I am a 34 year old ex pretty large person with a beautiful 4 yr old daughter.

I have never been a skinny person and as soon as I took a office job I rapidly expanded! Didn't really worry about it until a saw a picture of me one Christmas and though OMG!! Decided to join the gym and slowly lost a bit of weight.

In a moment of madness entered the 2006 London marathon, even though the furthest I had ever ran was 2 miles and my wife was pregnant and due to give birth in October.

Started proper training in October even though our Daughter Ellie-Mai had arrived, which meant being out of the door before 6am most days of the week but enjoyed the quiet/cold/rain for some reason!

Got my rejection letter in December but decided to get a golden bond place, Seafarers UK gave me one of their places, roll forward to April 23rd, I finished in 4hrs 9mins, very very chuffed with myself, especially as I had raised just under £1700 as well.

Ended up thinking about Triathlon when I had recovered from the run and had nothing to aim for. I can swim breaststroke all day long but have a lousy front crawl. Only have a mountain bike at the moment and am getting quicker, run I am not too bad at. Looking forward to training for the 4th discipline of spending on shiny toys...........
Personal Bests
5km = 18m30s
10km = 44m46s - 15/10/06
10m = 1h16m12s - 02/12/07
15m = 1h59m57s - 15/09/07
1/2 Marathon = 1h39m36s - 02/12/07
Marathon = 4h01m17s - 26/04/15

200m (ow) - 7:29 - 27/08/06
100m (pool) - 1:43 - 05/02/08
400m (pool) - 6:47 - 02/11/10 Very Happy
1500m (pool) - 28:37 - 20/01/11
1500m (ow) - 33:20 (inc T1) - 05/08/07
1600m (ow Sea) - 28:26 - 15/08/10
3800m (pool) - 1:18:05 - 11/05/08

Turbo 10m - 20m02s - 01/03/10
Turbo 25m - 57m28s - 02/04/07
Road 20km- 34m10s (inc T1) - 09/09/07
Road 40km - 1h08m31s (inc T1) - 05/08/07
Road 50m - 2h41m09 - 11/05/08
On the Podium!!
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:57 am Bluepoolshark
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Not having been much of a sporty person for the majority of my life until I hit my early thirties means my trophy cabinet is pretty threadbare! But now, after picking up my first ever AG win earlier in the season at the East Coast Triathlon in Gt Yarmouth, I went into the Victory Triathlon with 3 hopes -

1 Ė Sub 50 mins
2 - Top 10 finish (should be do-able if I got the hoped for 50 mins)
3 - Another AG Win (Bit of wishful thinking on my part)

The Victory triathlon is a pool based super sprint at the Victory Swim & Fitness Centre in North Walsham. It consists of a 300m swim, 17km bike and a 3km run.

Registration and racking was swift and painless, and with the race briefing clearing up any issues I had in my head it was off the poolside to wait for the ladies to go firstly then the men.

Never really been much of a swimmer but have been working quite hard recently on improving my pace a little but Iím never going to be a the pointy end of the field especially as with the swim being in the pool, you started at one side, then it was a up & down each lane, duck under the ropes into the next lane for all of the six lanes. Not being able to tumble turn is a real disadvantage and costs quite a lot of time in comparison to those than can, so after being called into the water and counted down I was off. For me it was a decent swim and total time including the short run to the entrance of T1 I had posted a 5.36 swim time.

Through T1 in a very efficient time of 33s as I now never bother with gloves or socks, just helmet, number belt then shoes and I was away on the single loop 17km cycle which takes in a couple of little villages, using some quite fast flowing roads, a few rougher surface narrow country lanes and a bit of main road with a lumpy bit or too for good measure. I didnít manage to time any of the junctions too well as had to slow down for traffic at most of them but it was all round nice fast route and before I knew it I was back at the pool in a time of 28.44 which ended up as the second fastest bike of the day so very pleased with that!

T2 was again very smooth and I was away onto the run after 27s. The run had seemed to be the bit that was going to cause the biggest headache as although only 3km it was over 3 laps including the playing field and a little bit of Weavers Way and some road, but the race briefing had cleared it up quite nicely and before starting I took a walk round the loop with the family to get it clear in my head. After heading out of T2 I went off at a pace that was putting me a bit out of my comfort zone as it was roughly at my parkrun pace which gives a 21ish minute 5km, which is fine when that is all you are doing but not after a swim and bike! The 3 laps whizzed by and I was soon turning the corner to head towards the finish line. My wife has telling me lately that I need to try to ramp up the pace as head towards the finish so I did just that and gave it everything and sprinted over the line for a run time of 13.03

After a few minutes to recover I knew I had got close to my 50 minute target so headed over to the chip timing people to see what the time was, he advised that it was 48.22 and I was currently in 3rd place overall!!! I was more than a little shocked to be in a podium finish place but as there were still loads of people on the course I assumed that it wouldnít last but I could have a chance of the top 10 I wanted.

I went and got changed then headed back over to the timing as there were only 1 or 2 people still out on the course and he said I was still in 3rd place, I can safely say I have never been so pleased in all my life as I had never in my wildest hopes imagined I would ever finish on the podium at any triathlon. Not the flashiest trophy in the world mind you but def my most treasured!

Couple of weeks later and iím still grinning!
Smile Smile
Enjoy the little things, cos one day you will look back and realise they were the big things
Mud, Mud, Mud, gotta love Mud

Pleased to say the least
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:37 am Bluepoolshark
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Not having been much of a sporty person for the majority of my life until I hit my 30's means my trophy cabinet is pretty bare, apart from pool trophies which can't really be called sporting ones, more drinking and having a laugh ones! Very Happy

But now, I am now the proud owner of an 40-44 age group winners trophy that I picked up at the East Coast Triathlon super sprint (300m/16km/3km)last weekend. I went into the event with 4 hopes -

1 - Don't be sh!t
2 - PB (got a 49.30 last year and hoped I could knock at least a minute off)
3 - Top 10 finish (should be do-able if I got the hoped for PB)
4 - AG Win (More wishful thinking than actual real chance)

Was feeling pretty decent as we set off didn't bother timing anything as it was chip timed, just setup the garmin so I could see my speed on the bike and left the rest up to my body to get round as fast as possible!

I was utterly ruined at the finish and can safely say I left pretty much nothing out on the course. It was at least 1 & 1/2 hours before the organisers announced that the results were up, headed over to find I had knocked 3 minutes off my PB to finish in 46.30, which gave me 7th place overall out of 119 finishers and more amazingly I had won my AG by a mere 12 seconds!! Very Happy Very Happy

The wife has been banging onto me about upping my speed at the finish of a run which I did for the last half mile or so and I think that it was probably that little injection gave me the small cushion that won me my AG.

Few days later and I'm still buzzing about it! Smile

Enjoy the little things, cos one day you will look back and realise they were the big things
Mud, Mud, Mud, gotta love Mud

Good times
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:47 am Bluepoolshark
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Chase the Rising Sun apart from the rain which we had for pretty much the last 50 miles was very enjoyable event and one I plan to do again as riding through the night is an all round pleasant experience!

The first 50 until the food station was a bit quicker than planned as I latched onto a pretty swift group and hit the halfway stop averaging over 20mph. Had a 45 minute wait for the rest of my team as one of them suffered a huge blow out which took a while to sort in the dark! Took the second half a bit easier and came home in 5hrs 22mins

Fritton Olympic Triathlon also went very well and I achieved my aim of a sub 2.30 for the first time with a 2.27.03 finish, swim was a nice easy affair and also managed a sub 30 open water 1500m for the first time! smashed the bike with a 23mph average on my road bike to get the 9th fastest bike out of almost 200 people. Run was a bit of a sufferfest but still enjoyed it, my wife and son were manning the water station near the finish on the run so my little boy came over the finish with me which he loved as he got loads of cheers Smile

Next up is another sprint on the 17th July, I have achieved most of my minimum aims for the season so far, so hope to get one of my really hopeful aims at this sprint which is a top 10 finish, fingers crossed I can do it!
Enjoy the little things, cos one day you will look back and realise they were the big things
Mud, Mud, Mud, gotta love Mud

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2011/12 Events
15th March
Supershot Challenge - 51m07s 28/148
6th April
Lowestoft 5m Prom Dash
6th July
The Obstacle @ Jimmy's Farm
20th Sept
Nuclear Blackout

April 21st
London Marathon - 5h13m01s Ill & Damaged Achilles Sad
May 11th
Rat Race Dirty Weekend - 4h15m26sShocked Very Happy
My Pictures
I am a Norseman

My Bike - Alu/Carbon PX Stealth

Gem & Boo

Me & Ellie-Mai
Event History

2012 Events

April 22nd
London Marathon - Deferred
May 13th
Tough Mudder UK - 3h15mShocked Very Happy
October 6/7th
Dusk Till Dawn - 12 Hr MTB - 3 Man Team - 11 Laps - 32nd Place (45 Teams)
November 11th
Zombie Evacuation - 333/722 Survivor - 51m30s Very Happy

2011 Events

23rd October
Great Yarmouth 10km - 57m08s

2010 Events

18th April
East Coast Sprint - 5:06/33:06/12:58 - Total 53:09 - 25/126 Very Happy
9th May
Waveney Sprint - 7:51/36:29/16:27 - Total 1:00:47 -50/135 Rolling Eyes
15th August
Sea Palling 1 Mile Reef Swim - 28:26 - 34/58 Very Happy
5th September

2009 Events

3rd May
Waveney Valley Sprint - DNS but marshalled instead
13th Sept
Waveney Valley Sprint 2 - DNS
20th Sept
Lowestoft Pier to Pier Swim - 22m53s Rolling Eyes
14th Nov
Redgrave Cross - 44/46 - 6 laps - 51m41s Smile
29th Nov
Hempton Cross - 28/29 - 6 laps - 59m26s
20th Dec
Broome Heath Scramble Cross - 28/28 - 7 laps - 59m57s Rolling Eyes

2008 Events

13th April
London Marathon - 4:30:32
3rd August
Lowestoft Pier to Pier Swim - 19:38
19th August
Norseman - 17:07:45
Random Facts
67 UK Black T holders
My time - 48/67 (UK) 411/504 (Black) 411/528 (Overall)

21st September
Round Norfolk Relay Stage 10 (15.08m) - 2:18:16

2007 Events

28th January
Tough Guy - 2:19:35
6th May
Bedford Sprint (400m/24km/5km) 8:31/49:29/21:12, Total 1:19:12
13th May
Waveney Valley Sprint (400m/20km/3.2km) 7.56/35:41/13:31, Total 57m08s
24th June
Fritton Lake Sprint (400m/20km/3km)
13:44/35:51/15:42, Total 1:05:17, 8/43 Top 10!! Very Happy

5th Aug
Cambridge Olympic (1500m/40km/10km)33:20/1:08:31/50:43, Total 2:32:34
9th September
Waveney Valley Sprint 2
7:46/34:10/14:54, total 56m50s

15th September
Round Norfolk Relay Stage 10 (15.08m)

2nd December
Norwich Half Marathon 1:39:47

2006 Events

19th March
Broadland Half Marathon - 1.41.58
23rd April
Flora London Marathon - 4.09.10
27th August
Jordans Bedford Mini Tri (200m/15km/3.3km) 7:29/31:19/16:02, Total 54:49 PB, 30/100 (8/21 AG)
15th October
Gt Yarmouth Promenade 10km - 44m46s
17th December
Beccles 10 Mile Turkey Trot - 1:18:40

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