On Sunday I raced IMUK. I had a fine swim, which I seem to be able to do these day and came out with Harry Wiltshire and our very own Dan Halksworth. Onto the bike and Dan and I took turns at setting the pace on the front, Dan did some very solid turns and we dropped Harry at the end of the 1st Lap I think. From then on it was Just Dan and I to the end of the bike which was nice:)
Onto the run and we heard that we had a good gap to all those behind, so it seemed it was a race between Dan and I. I felt good running out towards Bolton but around the 20km mark I lost most of my strength and energy and Dan carried on running very strongly. I did manage to get some pace going in the last 10km, but Dan was way ahead and eventually won with a great performance. It is difficult to defend a title from the previous year But Dan did just that with an improved performance on last year. Each year Dan has got better, so where he will stop, who knows!
Bella had a tough day and could have very easily called it a day on the run, but she very bravely carried on as best she could and I am very proud of her 4th place finish, well done Bella! Bella has done some amazing things in her Career; 15 Iron Distance titles and an ITU World Long Distance Title among many other results, with IM course records set all over the world. She was almost unbeatable in Ironman in 2008 and 2009, with a total of 9 ironman wins in just those 2 years, who has ever done that? No one to my Knowledge! Completely clean, I unfortunately have to say that in these depressing times of drug cheats!!
Anyway I just wanted to say how proud I am of Bella, she was a long way from her best shape but still put herself out there to do the best she could on that day.
Not that you couldn’t guess, but ask me, who is my sporting hero, Bella is! No doubt!
Charlie has just gone to sleep, we hope he doesn’t get woken up when the fireworks start!!
Tomorrow Bella, Charlie and I head to Bolton for IM UK on Sunday. We are all looking forward to the trip and the race. It will be Charie’s 2nd birthday on Monday so we will be celebrating whatever happens.
I am feeling in pretty good shape! I had a short rest after Roth, then I did the anual Alp d Huez trip with the team, which involves 2days of riding through the alps, an easier day, then the race, then 2 days rididng home, it was as always great fun and great training. In the race I felt not too bad and was fairly pleased with my 4th place finish. I felt like the whole week did me alot of good.
Happy Swiss day to everybody:)]]>
Yesterday was Challenge Roth. In the end I did much as I expected, a little off form! The swim was good I came out in 2nd with a group of 5 and 2mins 30 or so to the main pack behind. I didnt have quite what a i needed on the bike, but actually I came off the bike in 9th and in a position to get a decent result with a good run, but I didnt run so fast:) And finished in 22nd. The race was as always an amazing experience, the crowds here on race day are incredible. More than any other race I have done. The atmosphere is fantastic. Everything about this race is a real credit to triathlon. Well done Challenge!
It was great to see Caroline do so well and win in fine style, and James too with a very good performance to come 2nd, well done both.
I will keep working away to get back to my top shape for the races to come later in the year.
I just want to say a big Thank you to my Homestay here Manfred and Cornelia. You go way above and beyond what any homestay should do! Thank you! You are special people!]]>
Last year was my first experience of Roth and it really is one of the best races in the world. Everything from the atmosphere in the town, the amazing experience of the race it self and the incredible homestays that many athletes enjoy, including myself. I am very much looking forward to staying with Cornelia and Manfred once again, they are wonderfull people and looked after me like I was one of the family last year.
I have no expectations about my performance but I will be giving my best and will enjoy the day:)
All the best to all the other athletes racing I am sure you will love the whole experience too:)]]>
Todays race at Ironman Lanzarote was not so great for me. I finished! But a long way behind today! But thank you to everybody for there encouragement. It was really appreciated, I am sorry we both weren’t able to perform better. It was disappointing but we move on and get back to getting ready for the next race.
It was as always a great event, very well organised and the spectator numbers particularly in Puerto del Carmen was incredible, more than ever, it was amazing, wel done everybody involved.
We are now back to Sands Beach had a lovely dinner and now relaxing before bed.]]>
Next for Bella and I is Ironman Lanzarote in just over a weeks time. The island is starting to get prepared for the biggest sporting event of the year. There are many events throught the year, I would guess at about one; run, bike, or multisport race every weekend takes place here on Lanzarote. So it is a great place to train and also get a race in while you are here.
Sands Beach in Costa Tequise is a perfect location to be at for the Ironman week. It is close enough to Puerto del carmen but also far enough away to be able to relax away from the race site too and get in the last training sessions done.
Thanks to Bob Foy for the great photos.
Bella and I did the tri122 race here in Costa Tequise on Saturday, it was so close to our base here at Sands Beach it was perfect for a good training day for us all.
It was a very successfull day for us all too. Bella got 2nd in the Womens long race, I won the mens long race, Ritchie and Eimear both won the short race.
It was a very well organised event and a really challenging course, especially with the really strong gusty wind. I have never been scared of being blown of the road before, but on Saturday up at the top of the mountain by the wind turbines, I really thought I was going to get blown off the road. But fortunately I and everyone else made it down safely:)]]>
While Joseph is here at Sands Beach I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use his skills as a bit fitter and get him to look over my position.
The one thing he liked on my bike was the 3T brezzer bars with the 6cm spacer under the arm rests. I really like this set up as I feel it puts the base bar in a really good position for in and out of the saddle riding.
Jo would normally do this in his shop with the Retul system, but he had a few tools with him to measure joint angles and tape measure and plump lines to help too.
So below is the results of our fit. Photos aren’t great but the best we could do at 6pm at night and with the drug testers as guests as well:)
I am very happy with the results, it feels good and is more aero. Thanks Jo. Get in touch with him if you want a proper bike fit for your new bike.
On Sunday Ritchie, Bella and I did a short run race as part of our days training. It was great fun with lots of music and lots of runners enjoying the run on the coast path.
Charlie had a great time playing in the park and dancing to the music, it was like an outdoor disco at the park:)
Bella won the womens, Ritchie won the mens and I got 2nd in the mens.
It is actually my birthday today, I was very surprised to of actually got a few presents. Thank you for my 2 new T shirts. I think perhaps people were thinking that I needed them:)
Sands beach also gave me a nice plate of cakes and sweets for my birthday. I might share them out at our afternoon swim:)