Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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So let’s get the excuses out of the way right now.  I was tired from my exploits at Dambuster plus a full week’s worth of heavy training.  Newbury Duathlon was not an A race by any means, but having competed in the pilot event in 2010, I was keen to measure my improvements over the last 12 months.

And so it was that I lined up with the other 181-odd competitors on Saturday morning, with legs as heavy as lead and a very tight left hamstring.  The start was on a sports field still damp with morning dew, which is I suspect what lead to the guy in front of me taking a faceplant within 50 metres or so of the starting ‘gun’.  Unfortunately, I went down straight over the top of him!  Somehow I think managed to commando roll back into an upright position and was back in the main pack.

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One of the reasons I set up this website was to make public my goal of becoming a Great Britain Age Group triathlete. One the principles set out by Jason Selk in his book 10-Minute Toughness (thanks to Kim Ingleby for the recommendation) is that you are far more likely to continue striving towards your goals if you make them public.

So, it’s with no small amount of pride that I’ve confirmed my place on the Great Britain age group team for the upcoming European Duathlon championships in Limerick, Ireland on 17th April.  As someone who’d never raced a multisport event before November 2009, I hope my achievement also inspires others and shows what can be done with some hard work (I describe myself as having zero raw talent but 100% ambition). 

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DambusterHaving visited Rutland Water three times in 2010 for the Duathlon, Triathlon and Vitruvian in a support capacity, Saturday saw me make my competitive debut at this iconic British multisport venue. 

For me, entry to the Dambuster Duathlon was primarily an exercise of course familiarisation ahead of the Triathlon later this year.  With running my weakest discipline, I was never going to challenge the front-runners (well, not this year, anyway!) but I had personal goals for each leg that would show whether or not I am making progress in training.

Unlike all three visits last year, which were invariably cold and wet, the weather conditions on Saturday were near-ideal. The clear frosty start did lead to a clothing dilemma (a lot of people later admitted to over-dressing) but it turned into a beautiful morning.

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Just five days to go till the first 'proper' race of 2011 - the Dambuster Duathlon at Rutland Water.  I've been to the venue three times already in 2010, but never actually raced it myself so this is kind of familiar-yet-new territory to me.

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MAD Tri teamSo today was my first multisport race of 2011; a good opportunity to test the effectiveness of my Winter base training before we get into speedwork in earnest. Matters were not helped on Friday when something in my back went 'pop!' and I've been subsequently left popping ibuprofen and cocodomol for the last 48 hours. I'm not quite sure what I've done, whether its muscular or a trapped nerve. All I know is that it's bloody painful!

Whatever, it was far from ideal timing and lead me to be in pain before I even started the race.

For once, the weather was bright (if, as always, breezy) at Castle Combe, which made a very welcome change from the usual drizzle regular competitors must have become used to. As my fourth appearance at a Chilly Duathlon, my main goal was to continue the trend of setting a PB each time.

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