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3rd at European Long Distance Championships

Monday, June 25th, 2007

I came 3rd and I’m very happy with my performance. I felt a lot better than at IMUK 70.3 last weekend from the start. I made a few changes to my bike position including my saddle and it made a good difference too.

I swam good in the lead group but with a lone leader and eventual winner Fred Van Leired 40sec ahead. He then proceded to put 4 more mins into me on the bike.

It was then a matter of chasing him down as hard as I could on the run. Which I did with eventual 2nd place Jonas Colting, who ran great and just pulled away from me on the last lap. I ran as hard as I could and was really pleased to get a Bronze medal in a very strong European Championship field, with numerous IM champions and 70.3 Champions. So a really encouraging race for me.

Now for 3weeks training then the World Long Distance Championships in Lorient, France.

Cheers
Stephen

4th at Ironman UK 70.3

Monday, June 18th, 2007

The race started at 6am with a swim in the Wimbleball lake, it was a very pleasent temperature. I started well and sat in 2nd position, I wasn’t feeling great but I was bashing my arms over and staying behind the guy in front, all was going ok till I hit the last turn bouy, which was covered in netting and I got my arm caught, this was the end of me sitting behind 1st place and so moved over to sit behind the 2 swimmers who were behind me. I got out of the swim in 3rd.

The run to transition was straight up a steep bank for aout 600m, very hard work, and I didn’t feel very strong.

On to the bike and I was still not feeling very strong, so I rode the best I could but was all on my own in 3rd position, I started to feel a little stronger after about 40km, but I ended up with having a poor bike ride and being 9mins down on the 2 guys in the lead and 4 mins behind 3rd.

By the end of the bike though I was feeling much stronger and whizzed through transition and started out to run the best I could. Running out of transition was when I heard the time gaps, which weren’t very encouraging, but I decided to give it my best to try to catch at least 1 of them. Throught the 13.1mile run I was taking time out of all 3 up ahead, but in the end I just couldn’t quite catch any of them, I was 2min 58secs behind 1st 1min 18sec behind 2nd and 54sec behind 3rd.

I found myself very frustrated, but I did the best I could on this day. I ran well with the fastest run split, but 4th is really not what I am wanting.

Anyway onto the European Long Distance Championships this coming Sunday.