Monthly Archives: April 2013

Run Forest Run!

This week consisted of two running races as there was no time trials about. Firstly I had a mid week fell race, and then on Saturday took part in the Telford ParkRun.

Wednesday 24th
On Wednesday evening I raced the first race of the summer evening fell series. The race was at the Wrekin, and started at the bottom. We then had to race to the top and back down again, in total the race was 2.7miles of pain.

On the journey down to the race I was drinking my Herbalife prepare to give me a solid boost before the race. An hour before the race I went for a four mile warm up, up and around the hill I was about to battle against.

Then it was time to race. With 91 competitors on the start line and the advise my dad had given me to ‘pace myself!’ I knew it was going to hurt. The hill was steep and long with the occasional levelling off which gave me the chance to pick up some speed. I got to the top and knew the worst bit was over and it was time to have some fun! I flew down the hill passing lots of people suffering still going up, and was even starting to catch up to the proper fell runners.

Overall I finished 13th in 21:02 and was second in the under 18 category to a GB cross country runner. I was happy with my result as this was my first proper fell race racing against the fast boys. After the race I went for a short two mile jog whilst drinking my Herbalife recovery drink to cool down.

Saturday 27th
Then with my hips and ankles still aching slightly from the impact of running down hill, I took part in the Telford ParkRun.

To warm up me and my dad ran the small loop of the course. I was drinking my Herbalife prepare on the ride down and during the warm up. Seeing some familiar faces around the start line I knew that this was going to be a fast and hard race to keep up with them.

Race Time. I was at the front of the other 160 competitors on the start line so that I didn’t get stuck behind anybody. The gun went, and we were off. The pace was high from the off, and I got myself into a small group of four runners to help shelter me from the windy conditions. I kept in the group for over half of the race and then my legs started to tire and I couldn’t hold on for much longer. But I did keep them in my sights and was slowly reeling them back in towards the finish.

I finished 4th overall with a PB of 17:44 on a hard, slower day. I finished the morning off with another Herbalife rebuild to help with my recovery.

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Check back next weekend to read my race report from the first evening 10mile TT of the series and the tough Horwich Triathlon!

Tom.

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Bad day turns good!

SCCA 10
On Saturday I competed in the 3rd SCCA 10 mile TT. I knew in this race I had to put in a good finish to keep hold of my overall competition lead. The conditions were tough with a blustery cross wind. With the team organising the event not showing up, the time keepers went and got some numbers so the race could go on. It started 30minutes late which shuck up my race routine, but I managed drinking my Herbalife prepare whilst on my turbo warming up.

Then before the start I went for a little ride to see if everything was ok…And at this time it was. I started the race well and strong but when I got about a quarter of the way through the race I hit a real rough section of road which knocked my disc wheel slightly out of place meaning it was occasionally touching the brakes. I carried on and nearly got hit by two cars who were overtaking a tractor. Then when I crossed the finish line there was a massive clatter and my disc wheel had fully come out of the rear dropouts and was resting just on the chain stays of my frame.

When I walked back to the car I had my Herbalife recovery shake so that I could recover well before Sundays 30mile TT. When looking back at the race I expected a bad result, finishing way down the field, but when the results came up online I had actually finished 3rd with a time of 24:18, 2minutes down on the winner.

Then before I went to bed I had a Herbalife restore capsule that helps to reduce and muscle tiredness and inflammation.

WC 30m TT
On Sunday it was down to my local course to compete in the west cheshire 30mile TT. I knew I had a time of 1:14:20 to beat, this was going to be hard but it was something to aim for.

I did not do a warm up in the turbo at this race because I had a 30minute ride to the start so I did my efforts on the way, still drinking my Herbalife prepare I was ready to race. With my uncle off 8minutes before me I had someone to hunt down. I started well, trying to stay relaxed and comfortable because I had 30miles to time trial. With an awkward wind, there was not much help but I managed to catch my uncle at about the 17mile mark. I had a gel and then some more Herbalife that I took on the course and knew I was over half way and if I wanted to PB I was going to have to push myself until my legs couldn’t go no more.

I finished the race in a time of 1:13:01, which is a 1minute 19second PB and average a speed of 24.7mph and an average heart rate of 195bpm, so I knew I was at my threshold. After the race I had another Herbalife rebuild to help my recovery.

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A weekend of PB’s

It was a good weekend on the racing scene, with a good time trial on Saturday and 10k road race on Sunday.

Saturday 13th April
On Saturday it was race 2 of 3 of the SCCA 10mile TT and I was out to try and keep and extend my lead in the overall table.

I began my race routine with my usual Herbalife Prepare when on my turbo doing my warm up. I was warming up and was feeling good. The conditions were very challenging with a really strong gusty wind, which helped us on the first 5 mile out but was just a pain on the way back… and just to top it off it was raining!

The race went really well after a hard week of training. With me off number 20, I flew out of the start averaging 28.3mph on the outward leg catching my one and two minute men. But then I turned around and was heading back into the wind, which hurt…a lot! On the way back I caught my three and five minute men but my average speed had dropped to 25.8mph. I did the race at an average heart rate of 199bpm and a max of 203bpm, so I knew I had pushed myself to the max!

I finished with a time of 23:17 which was a course PB. This put me 4th overall, but it was very close at the top, with the winner 20seconds ahead of me and only 4seconds between me and second place! After this race I am still leading the overall standings in this series, which is the first time a junior has ever lead the series! After my race I had my Herbalife Rebuild to enhance my recovery, knowing I had a 10k running race the next day!

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Sunday 14th April
On Sunday with the strong gusty wind still blowing I went to get a last minute entry in to 10k road running race! It was a 4 lap undulating course with steps to get down around a park.

With one hour to go before my race I began drinking my Herbalife Prepare and did a few laps of the beginning of the course to warm up. I went out today to break the 40minute 10k barrier, and in these conditions my confidence dropped slightly but that was still my aim!

I found the race very tough with the majority of the course into a strong head or diagonal wind. But I pushed through getting an even time over each of the four laps. This took me to 39:08minute 10k, I was really happy to do this time in the hard conditions and having raced the day before!

After the race I had another Herbalife Rebuild to help my recovery. These Herbalife products must be working!! Two PB’s in two days!

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Back to back 10’s

This weekend I had challenging 10 mile TT’s, one on Saturday and one on Sunday! The racing went well as I still have the tail end of a cold…but no excuses!

Saturday 6th, SCCA 10 mile TT
Saturday was my first time trial of the weekend, it was on a lumpy out and back course with a swirling wind. As I arrived I started to drink my Herbalife Prepare, to help build up my energy, but when I went to sign on I was put into a gap in the field which reduced my time to get ready by 10minutes… Luckily I still had enough time to warm up.

The race was hard, with some really rough sections of road which makes you lose a lot of speed but I got through and finished in a time of 24:15, to get joint 7th with a club mate.

After the race I jumped off my bike and went for a short run in my new saucony grid type a5 shoes and loved them!
Then when I got back I had my Herbalife Recovery drink.

Sunday 7th, WC 10 mile TT
On Sunday it was a very early start with me off first. When we arrived it was bitterly cold and with only enough time for a warm up whilst drinking my herbalife prepare I was only just starting to feel my feet and fingers.

The race didn’t go a swell as I’d hoped but with tired legs from Saturday and the week prior and no one to hunt down on the open road it was good. I posted the exact same time as Saturday (24:15), the times were generally slower as the was a headwind on the outward leg. But I averaged roughly the same heart rates as Saturday so I was pleased.

After the race I did a 35mile bike home with my dad and uncle to get the miles in my legs for the 30 mile TT’s that are coming up. During the ride I was snacking on a herbalife protein bar and then when I got home I had another Herbalife rebuild recovery drink.

For more information about Herbalife Products contact me on – garbett96@gmail.com
Or Nadia Fantastico on nadiactive@gmail.com or 07870684341

Check back next week when I will be racing the same 10mile TT as this Saturday, next Saturday and then on the Sunday I might be running a 10k race!

Tom.

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