Just a quick update to confirm that unfortunately I will now no longer be racing 70.3 Kraichgau this coming weekend.
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So after a long winter in northern Europe, a few successful warm-up events and many hours of swim, bike, run, we head down to St Pölten in Austria for the first main race of the year.
Just two weeks previously I’d had a great weekend in small town Fulda for a full dress-rehearsal with an Olympic Distance race resulting in a promising 3rd place against a strong field including pro short-course racers.
To support the training load I eat, a lot. I would literally fall down otherwise, and I’m always, always hungry. I didn’t even realise until the other night, when we randomly estimated that I’d comfortably put away 1,200 calories in that meal alone.
In the middle of last year I began working with my current coach, although only a month or so in to this new relationship I had the serious injury which brought to an early close racing and for a long period, training last year.
Since finally getting going again properly, on 1st November last year, things have been awesome. Finally I have the right coach, the right set up, I’m settled in mind and body and now, we can really go to work.
In preparation for the 2017 season, we’ve actually kept things very simple and with very minimal travel and disruption. I’ve based myself in Germany as it’s got some great facilities and roads to train on and is a good central location when preparing for the European race season.
For this year, we have three options for the race plans for the season with Plans A, B and C depending on how the year progresses.
Each of these is focussed on the Ironman 70.3 race series, which comprises of middle-distance (or sometimes known as half-distance) triathlons that are made up of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike and a 21.1km run.
In their own words, from my longest standing sponsor, bdh Sterling, this is why they have chosen to sponsor me;
Proud to race for you and a company I’m inspired to represent!
My first Pro race where I actually felt like I was in a race and competing for position. After going through the process of St Pölten 70.3, this was another step in the right direction.
Taking a spot in the top 10 pro men was a big milestone for me personally, especially after the first race of the year, but it was the competing for the first time that has stuck with me the most and driven my motivation since.
I race to race. That’s why I’m here and this weekend only re-enforced why I’ve taken this step into professional sport.
Lanzarote; this was a real love hate relationship for two weeks with the island. This is a hard place in every respect for training. Sea, rough and choppy, with the wind coming across. The roads for biking and running, relentlessly mountainous, windy, gusty, hot and heavy. If you want to do a recovery ride out here, you’re going to have to do it inside. If you want an easy swim, get in the bath tub.
But, what an amazing place to train for two weeks!
Last month I had the pleasure of visiting the Global QROPS offices in Epsom to see everyone again. It was great to talk about the business and triathlon over the past 12 months and look ahead to 2016. I always take away a lot of energy from seeing them which can be channelled into training over the next weeks as preparations step up.
It’s now only just over 3 months until it all kicks off with my first pro race at Ironman 70.3 Mallorca!
I have now got together a schedule of races and targets for the 2016 season which will see me racing across Europe. These aren’t set in stone and there may be slight changes depending on factors further down the line, but this is essentially what I’m aiming for, all being well this year.
At the end of last week, I finally received confirmation of a decision that I’d committed to back in September. At the turn of the new year, race licences are sent out and after many months of not being too specific when asked on what my plans for this year are, I now have my Elite licence to race and am registered as an Ironman Pro for the 2016 season.