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25mile time trials

Over the past two weeks I have competed in two 25mile time trials.

Saturday 17th, Wrekinsport 25
The first 25 I competed in was the wrekinsport time trial. The conditions were really hard, with a seriously strong headwind on the outward leg and the chance of a heavy downpour!

Before the race I was drinking my Herbalife prepare whilst deciding on what front wheel to use in the conditions, I chose a 50mm rim because the wind was to strong for me to keep control of my 4 spoke. I jumped on the turbo to do my usual warm up, raising my heart rate to what I race at so it wasn’t a shock when I start the race. After 30minutes it was off the turbo, back wheel change and then a 1mile ride to the start.

I got to the start line and the wind was very strong so I knew I had to work very hard on the outward leg to gain time on some of the other riders. I did what I set out to do, I pushed hard catching a lot of riders that started in front of me, including a junior who started 8 minutes in front, I caught him within the first 10miles. I kept my effort high and turned at the roundabout at an average speed of 23.5mph. I now knew that I had the wind assisting me but still needed to work hard to break the hour. Coming back was so fast, I did the return leg at an average of around 27mph. But with around 6mile to go the road surface got really bad and rough and I snapped a bolt off my TT bars, which meant my tri bar was loose and bouncing around. But this didn’t stop me, I kept on pushing all the way to the line and finished with an average speed of 25.6mph, and a time of 58:36. This was a new PB by a minute, which I was over the moon with considering the conditions.

After the race I had my Herbalife rebuild to help with my recover. After this I went to look at the results board to find out I had finished 12th overall and 5th out of the shropshire riders.

Sunday 25th, NSW 25
Then after a good hard week of training I competed in my clubs 25mile TT, the conditions for this race were the opposite to last weeks with a tailwind on the outward leg but another strong headwind on the uphill return leg. I wanted another PB in this event.

Before the race I drank my Herbalife prepare whilst on the turbo doing my warm up. I felt good on the turbo and was able to get my heart rate up which meant, even after the week of hard training, I wasn’t that tired. After completing my warmup I got ready and started the 3mile ride to the start line.

I was then ready to ride. In this race I knew I couldn’t go off too hard as I wouldn’t have enough energy to push hard on the tough return leg. I felt strong and was going well, catching my 2minute man within the first 2 mile. I kept the pace high and got to the turn around point at an average speed of 27.5mph, but know I knew that return leg was going to be very tough and my average speed would drop, but it was the case of by how much, I knew that it couldn’t drop below 25.6mph if I had any chance of getting a new PB. I did what I set out to do, pushed hard on the way back catching more and more early starters. 2 mile to go to the finish, 25.6mph average, I dropped a gear and pushed hard. 100metres to go, I dropped another gear, got out the saddle and sprinted to the line and finished with an average speed of 25.8mph. This meant I had got another PB of 58:15!

After the race I had another Herbalife rebuild to help with my recovery. With no official results out yet I am unsure of my position but I know I got in the top 15 out of 100 riders.

For more information on Herbalife products please contact me on – garbett96@gmail.com or Nadia on nadiactive@gmail.com , 07870684341 or http://herbal-nutrition.net/nadiafanta

Check back next week as I have no time trials but I am competing in a local hill climb race.

Thanks for reading
Tom

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Another tri, another win!

Well I have had a really good week of racing and training this week. With some solid training sessions, and on Wednesday I went to my local clubs 10mile time trial. I have never broke 23minutes on this course and during my warm up I didn’t think that night I would either. But my legs did the opposite, and took me to an overall win, course PB, seasons best and a time that is only 4 seconds of my lifetime best that was set on a fast dual carriageway course. I won the race in a time of 22:25!

Sunday 11th. Oswestry sprint triathlon
On Sunday, I competed in my triathlon clubs sprint triathlon. The race consisted of a 400m pool swim, 16.5mile hilly bike, and a tough 3mile run on grass. The conditions were ok, with a pretty strong wind, but cool temperature and the chance of rain. Athletes were set off in 5minute waves starting with the slowest swimmers up to the fastest. I was in the second to last wave, the fastest swimmers and the athletes out for the win were behind me, this meant I didn’t know if I was leading or was down on time so it was a case of going hard from the start and wait anxiously at the end for the results. There was a very strong field in this years event, with athletes who have beaten me in previous events this year competing, I knew that this was going to be a tough race and the times at the top were going to be close.

Pre race
Before the race I was drinking my Herbalife prepare. Then I headed down to T1 to rack my bike, I saw a lot of familiar faces from all of the triathlons I had competed in this year. I was racked next to one of the race favourites, a Torq triathlete, he was in the wave after me! I then went to T2 to put my run shoes ready for the challenging run course, I couldn’t find a space anywhere, but after a bit some of the earlier finishers had removed their kit, and I put my shoes down. Still drinking my Herbalife prepare I did my usual warm up to raise my heart rate before heading down to the pool.

Swim and T1
There was five athletes in my swim wave, two of which were faster swimmers than me. I used this to my advantage and worked hard to keep next to them throughout the whole swim. I felt strong in the swim and before I knew it I had done my 20lengths. The 2 faster swimmers were already out of the pool and were heading out the door as I got out of the pool, I worked hard on the run to my bike and quickly got my shoes and helmet on, and I was out of T1 just seconds behind the two faster swimmers, by this time the last wave had already started and they were powering their way through the swim. I had finished the swim and got out of T1 in a time of 6 minutes and 18 seconds.

Bike and T2
After the swim I was feeling strong and was ready to push hard in my strongest discipline, the bike. It was a very hard bike course, with some very hard climbs and some technical descents with some very tight corners. I went off hard, as this was the only way I would have a chance of winning, and I caught the 2 faster swimmers of my wave within the first 100metres, I was now on my own. I worked hard on the up hills, staying in time trial position helped me to keep my speed up. I was then on to the technical descent and I knew I couldn’t hold anything back as this is where the more experienced athletes would make up time on me. I flew down the descent at around 40mph and was gaining time on the athletes from the wave before mine. After this descent we had a small bit of flat before heading back up again, I managed to catch the junior who started in the wave before me on the way back up hill, and I still felt strong. After this hill we had a 5mile flat section where I knew I needed to work hard and get some serious speed up. I flew down the valley at an average speed of 27mph and caught athletes that started 10minutes ahead of me, I was starting to feel confident and knew I hadn’t pushed to hard and had some left in the tank for the run. I climbed well up the final big climb, and then with only 3 mile to go on the bike I picked the pace back up and flew into T2, quickly whipped my run shoes on and took my helmet off and I was gone. I had the 3rd fastest bike and T2 split, only 20 seconds behind the fastest, I completed it in a time of 48:38!

The run
I was now onto the final discipline, knowing that last year I suffered badly with stitch and had to walk on the run, I had to prove I was back to race! Psychologically running 3 laps is always hard but with great support from family and friends I managed to run hard for all 3 laps and didn’t suffer. I got onto my second lap and when I was about half way round the athletes from the wave after me came onto the run. I could see them and kept the pace high and caught the torq athlete on my last lap, I picked the pace up and finished fast. I was done. I finished the run in a time of 17:43, this gave me the 4th fastest run split, I was very happy with this!

After the race I had my Herbalife rebuild and waited anxiously for the results, to see where I had finished.

I had won! In a total time of 1:12:39, with over a minute to second place! I was over the moon with my result, knocking 9minutes off last years time and beating all of the athletes that had beaten me in previous races.

For more information on Herbalife products please contact me on – garbett96@gmail.com or Nadia Fantastico on nadiactive@gmail.com , 07870684341 or http://herbal-nutrition.net/nadiafanta

Check back next weekend for my race reports as I have my local 10 mile TT and then a 25mile TT on Saturday!

Will post pictures when I get some!

Thanks for reading
Tom

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Champions

On Wednesday 31st I travelled to Welshpool to compete in a 10mile TT. The conditions were tough with a pretty strong headwind on the outward leg, but it was quick on the way back. It was a rolling course with a tough little climb up to the turn around and up to the finish.

Before the race I drank my Herbalife prepare, to give me a good boost of energy before and during the event. After a solid warm up out on the road I was ready to race. As the race was only 10miles I knew I had to go out hard and be on the limit the whole of the race if I had any chance of beating a competitive 18 year old.

I went out hard and caught my one minute man at the 3 mile mark. I kept pushing hard and was gaining time on the rest of the field, over taking some of the other riders starting up to 5 minutes ahead of me. I was flying on the way back with the wind behind me I was travelling at nearly 30mph. I could then see the finish in the distance and the tough climb up to. I dropped some gears and pushed hard up to the top, finishing the race in 23:10.

After the race I had my Herbalife rebuild and went to see the results. I was delighted to find out I had finished joint second overall out of the shropshire riders. This meant that because I had beaten the other juniors by pretty big time margins, I had sealed the shropshire junior time trial champions for the second year in a row, with still 3 races left in the series!

Sunday 4th, SCCA 4up TTT championships
On Sunday I competed in a team time trial with 3 other riders from my club. The race was 50km of pain, it was an undulating T shaped course. The conditions did not look promising leading up to the event with horrendous downpours and strong gusty winds. But then about an hour before the start the rain had stopped and the wind died down.

During our warm up I was drinking my Herbalife prepare. We warmed up well and then had a little team talk about our change overs and our race plan. We had a target time of 1:10:00 and the hopes of getting a medal in the championship. There were 21 teams in the event some of which had travelled a fair distance to race, but that didn’t stop us. The teams were started off at 3 minute intervals and we were the 3rd from last off.

We made our way to the start line, had our picture taken and then it was time to inflict some pain and put our mark down on the 4up scene. We went off seriously fast, and we were all riding on the limit when it was our turn on the front. We were riding strong and after the first turn we could now start to see where our opposition was, and we had a team in our sights. We kept on working hard and caught the team at about 20mile. Before we knew it we were overtaking riders that had dropped off their team.

The paced stayed high for the hole distance and I was starting to feel better towards the end of the race, doing longer turns at a higher effort on the front of the train. We negotiated some tight turns and then it was the final push to the finish, with a big effort we crossed the line in a time of 1:09:03. We were all very happy with our time and were eager to see where we had finished overall. We finished 2nd overall but were the 1st SCCA team, meaning we took the trophy and are now the 2013 SCCA 4up champions!

After the race I had my Herbalife rebuild to help my recovery ahead of next weeks races.

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For more information on Herbalife products please contact me on – garbett96@gmail.com or Nadia Fantastico on nadiactive@gmail.com , 07870684341 or http://herbal-nutrition.net/nadiafanta

Check back next weekend, as I am competing in my clubs local triathlon.

Cheers Tom

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