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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.

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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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Cerist standard distance triathlon

On Sunday the 14th I travelled to Aberdovey on the welsh coast to take part in a standard distance triathlon. The race consisted of a 1500m sea swim, a 25mile challenging bike and then a 10k run the was 3mile up a steep hill and then 3mile back down. The weather played a huge part in the race, with a late start because of the tide, it started at 12:00pm so it was seriously hot and the temperature kept rising. There was a consistent breeze throughout the day as well, but one thing that was nice was the temperature of the sea, it was cool and fresh which in the heat was lovely. The transitions were in two different places, a fair distance apart which made it slightly difficult getting the times right Pre race.

Swim and T1
The swim started on the beach which meant I had to get to the front bunch so I could keep out of trouble when the competitors sprinted into the water. The swim went well, with the beginning being a bit of a jumble with arms flying everywhere and me getting bumped around next to last years winner. After the first 100metres the water settled and I found myself on my own with two swimmers up in the distance. By the end of the swim I came out in third place about 2minutes behind a relay team and the leading woman. I swam the 1500m in about 22:30 which I was very happy with. I then covered the long run along the beach and into T1 efficiently. I slipped my wetsuit off quickly and got my shoes and helmet on and I was off.

Me diving into the sea near the front of the race!

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Bike and T2
I was then out on to the undulating section of the bike course. I started off comfortably to get my legs warmed up and so that I didn’t use all of my energy at the beginning of the race. At around 4miles into the bike I was caught by last years winner, he came out of the water 30seconds behind me and went past me pretty quickly but I tried to keep him in my sights so I didn’t lose to much time to him. I then got into my rhythm and caught the relay team and the woman that led out of the water but then I was past by an experienced triathlete who has represented GB all over the world so I kept him in my sights. Then at about 15mile there was a short steep bank where I made up lost ground on both last years winner and I past the experienced Wrexham triathlete, I kept the pace high before the hardest section of the bike route, a 1.5mile really steep climb before a 7 mile nice steady descent into T2. I attacked the hill hard and put in more time to 3rd place and then by the next transition I was 1minute 15seconds behind the leader and had a 40second gap to 3rd place. I now knew that I was going to have to produce a solid run time I had any chance of keeping this position. I was in to T2 and u got my race shoes on, helmet off and I was gone. I had the 3rd fastest bike split overall.

Me heading into T2 in second place!

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The Run
I started the run strong and didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t been out to check the course so it was just a case of pushing hard all the time. At about 1mile there was a long straight stretch of road as it began to climb and I could see the leader about half a mile up the road, but when I looked behind I could see 3rd place very close. So I picked up the pace and closed the gap to the leader, there was no time to slow and see how he was running as it was just a case of running hard to keep away from those behind. Then before I knew it I was leading the race, not having a clue where I was going other then up the side of the huge hill in the soaring heat, I tried to get into the shade when possible but it wasn’t really helping. When I got to the top I looked behind and I couldn’t see anyone and I was feeling good so I kept the pace high and started to bomb it down the other side and back round to the finish. Then I was back onto the long stretch which we ran out on, so I knew there wasn’t far to go. It was a weird feeling leading the race and getting cheered on by runners who had just started the run as I was going into the finish. As I got closer to the finish I saw last years winner, the leader out on the bike, walking with no number on. He had pulled out due to not feeling well with stitch and cramp.

The Finish
Then the time flew by and I was into the finishing straight, still in first place! It was an awesome feeling and it was great, my mum and dad couldn’t believe it as they saw the pace the Wrexham triathlete went out on the run at! I finished first and had the fastest run split by over 1 and a half minutes. The supporters were shocked that I was only 16 and had just won the race, and so was I to be honest. I now know what it feels like to win, I want it some more!

My finishing time was 2:15:15 which was about 5 or 6minutes faster than my world qualification race on a harder course. I had won the race by just over 2minutes so I was really happy! After the race I had a Herbalife rebuild to help with my recovery.

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

This week I only have one time trial which is a hilly 19 on Wednesday where I hope to go well to keep high up in the overall standings over the Parker international series.

Tom.