Fairlands Valley Spartans 3k Relays

This was an event that I had looked forward too as a team event with the Spartans. We waited until the week before to decide on our A and B teams. The A team was selected through performances in the MWL and recent training. The team included  Grant Ramsey, Simon Jackson, Richie Bates, Myself and Craig Halsey.

 

Team Gets Gold Hertfordshire ASA Medals!

Team Gets Gold Hertfordshire ASA Medals!

 

I planned on racing under sub 10mins and the team was in 4th place overall and I held the place. But annoyingly my 2km effort was slower by 20 seconds and the drop off pushed me above my target and gave me a time of 10:09. The team result was the important aspect of the night and holding 4th overall but also being the top club from herfordshire won the team the Hertfordshire County Championship.

Ironman Frankfurt – European Championships

I won the race to enter the race and next was to put the planning on place. I booked a room in the Adina Hotel (hotels.com) and got flights from London (BA). The planning was now in place to focus on Ironman Frankfurt as my A race for 2015.
 
Swim started at front and once out of the crashing legs got I got a very clear swim in open water. Grabbed some feet on 2nd lap but also slowed down by red hats that were in front. I ended up in second wave and the red wave was just random. Once I got out of water I raced to the tent but struggled to get my Huub top on as my upper body was still wet after the swim, I took longed than I wanted in t1 and washed my feet to remove any sand.  The last thing to do was to put on the HR monitor and I was good to go.
 
Me feeling at ease on the bike.

Me feeling at ease on the bike.

The bike was a surprise as the power was not reading so then I focussed on keeping my HR under 80% again this is a zone I should have been aware of when power fails. I also went on feel on the bike and pulled back where I felt tired. On the cobbles and hills many passed me and I simply eased back and then focused on the flat.
 
My race nutrition was 14 gels mixed with water and I took this equally over the race time with nothing left. I had a water drink and used the hydration tablet (powerbar). I figured out I was drinking a 1.5 bottles of 750ml water an hour. I also took salt tablets during the race (3 in total) and 2 more hydration tablets. I remember feeling sick on the bike a few times and passed urine twice on the bike.   Just before the last hill I ran out of water and was a little dehydrated until I reached the water station this was probably around 5 mins.  
 
The run was funny and mentally I had decided to walk each station taking on 2 cups of water / any salt and ice / sponge. The pace didn’t change and I took 2 gels during the first 20k, I also picked up pretzels. When I got to the station after the 2nd counter I started to switch to Coke but started to feel very sick. My head started to feel funny and I realised that I was gone. I stopped took on coke and carried on walking. I tried to run (ha ha 9min/mile) but only felt sick. When I finally arrived Del (my wife) my hands were shaking and my friend who is a diabetic suggested 2 gels and some rest but I was cooked and couldn’t see an end in sight. 
Ironman Run - Feeling the pain in 40 degrees

Ironman Run – Feeling the pain in 40 degrees

 
I suppose some would say I should have carried on but I feel I did the right thing for my body and although I did not finish I have experienced one of the greatest races of my life. I had a touch of sadness as I realised that with a 4hr marathon I would have easily done sub 10:30 and with a 3:30 marathon I could have done sub 10 that I never thought I had the ability. I will return one day.  

MK Triathlon 2015

So what do you do after a disappointment of not finishing a race enter a quick local race! I’ve always enjoyed big cow events and like the layed back nature of the big cow crew.

The race was a 7am kick off as the race is not on closed roads. The roads are quiet and you only get to see a few cars. The swim was a little bit different in that I was very laid back instead of sprinting to the first buoy. After passing the third buoy I stated to pass a few swimmers and decided to draft an athelete. This was the first ever time I had an incident in open water in over 7 years of racing. The guy obviously didn’t like me swimming close and decided to take action by pushing me under the water. I was a little put off but decided to ignore the athelete and pushed in front of him and started to kick very hard. Funnily enough I didn’t see him after. I exited the water in 22:10 mins a little slower than normal and probably due to my laid back approach.

The bike was wet and a little windy and looking at the bike splits it appears the race was slower due to the conditions. I was looking to push 95% of my theshold power but ended up around 85%. Finishing in a time of 1:06:59. This left me a little fresh for the run. 

Once out on the run I took the first lap a little easy to build then I pushed on. This was probably the best run I’ve ever done in triathlon and felt very strong during the run. In hindsight had I attacked from the outset I would have been closer to a 36 min 10k but I’ll take 38:10.

The end result was not a concern but I just wanted to finish a race and I achieved this with 6th overall in a time of 2:08:58.