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Two week round up

Harlech Sprint Triathlon, 6th April
Harlech was my first triathlon of the year and after looking at the start sheet, I knew there was some fast competition. But all that was on my mind was to get the triathlon season off to a good start, with hopefully a podium finish. It was an early start for most but with having one of the fastest 400m swim times on the start list I was off in the last wave at 11:30, with the fast boys. The weather was really bad with a lot of rain and really strong gusts of wind, but it was the same for all of us.

Once the bike was racked, warmed up, briefed I was ready to go. I jumped into my lane which only had one swimmer left from the previous wave that would be soon exiting the water, all was looking good so far. I started strong with around a 1:08min first 100m. I kept the pace high and at 14 lengths I sighted on the way back to see if my lane counter was waiting with a board for 2 lengths to go… But no, he was facing the other way talking. I couldn’t get out after I thought I had finished because I would of got DQ’d so I had to hold it out until he realised, this turned out to be an extra 6 lengths later. So in total I had done 22lengths instead of 16… Not a good start.

This left me way down on time to the leaders, so it was all about trying to keep my head on and not let this get the better of me. I pushed the bike hard, struggling to keep both wheels on the ground with the wind and deep wheel combination. I rode the whole distance with a red mist, angry with my lane counters mistake. I did eventually start catching athletes, but these weren’t the ones who were competing for first place.

I got off the bike, still down on the leaders with a minimal chance of me catching them, I just pushed the run hard and used it as training. Closing down triathletes from earlier waves I reached the finish knowing I could not of run any harder, I was hurting. The final results were posted out and I had finished 11th overall in a big field and first under 20 by 14minutes. Later that week the organisers kindly amended my swim time and placed me in fourth position.

SCCA 10mile TT
One week after Harlech I had a back to back racing weekend, this consisted of a 10mile TT on the Saturday and then a short course duathlon (2.5mile/17mile/2.5mile) on the Sunday.

The time trial was hosted by my team (Revolutions Racing) so I knew I had to perform and do the team proud. After my usual 40minute warm up, the race wheels were on and it was time to go. With it being an out and back course the wind plays a big factor, and on Saturday it wasn’t the most help as it was a crosswind that only helped us slightly on the return. I started hard and held this effort the whole time, an average 202bpm heart rate was the zone I was in, it hurt. I pushed on and finished at a good pace in a time of 23:28minutes. I was happy with this time as it was my first solo 10 of the year, it placed me 6th overall and first junior by a minute.

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Hereford Duathlon
Following the time trial with tired legs I raced Hereford duathlon, this consisted of a 2.5mile run, 17mile bike and then a 2.5mile run.

After a warm up it was time to race a small field of duathletes. The first run did not go to plan, after a 5:40 first mile I was hit with really bad stitch, I kept running but not as fast as I wanted to be. The leader of my race was then getting further and further away. After about a mile of stitch I started to get my rhythm back and headed into T1. A quick shoe change, helmet on and I was gone about 30seconds down on the leader.

I knew it would be hard to close him down after racing him before in previous races, but I set out holding back slightly for the first mile to get my legs used to the unusual feeling of running before biking. After this I put the hammer down, I caught the leader at about the half way mark of the course. I didn’t hold back and powered past him, the great feeling of leading the race encouraged me to push on harder. I was quickly back into transition with the fastest bike split of the race and a 30second gap back to 2nd place.

I saw 2nd place as I set out on the final run, he was just entering transition but I knew this wasn’t enough to take it easy. I pushed on and didn’t suffer with stitch this time and finished strong opening the gap to second to 1minute 30.

After checking the results I found out I had also got a course record along with my 1st place!

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Down the finish shoot to take the win!

A big thank you to Pete Roche (www.petespowders.co.uk) for training me in the gym over the winter. And also to Muscle Mania gym and fitness ltd (www.musclemania.me) for letting me use their great facilities.
Thanks for your support!!

Thanks for reading.
Tom.

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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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Doing the double

This week I competed in three time trials, one on Wednesday and the other two on Saturday…back to back with a 20minute spin in between both 10’s.

Wednesday 12th, Hafren CC 10
On Wednesday I competed in the hafren cc 10 on a potentially fast course but this night was not really fast. It had a strong tailwind out and a speed destroying headwind on the way back.

Before the race I drank my herbalife prepare and got my number pinned on, I started one minute behind a fast junior so I knew I had to hold my own on the outward leg and then make up as much time as possible in to the strong headwind.

I went out fast and at the turnaround was averaging 28mph and I could see the junior in the distance. I turned and was hit by the wind and my speed dropped dramatically. I was slowly closing in on the junior but never caught him and by the end I had caught 30seconds on him. I had finished 5th overall in a time of 23:43.

Then after the race I drank my herbalife rebuild to help my recovery.

Saturday 15th, two 10mile TT’s
On Saturday I competed in a junior regional championship and national qualifier and then I had another 10 20minutes after which was a county championship.

Before the race I drank another herbalife prepare and pinned my first number on, number 13. I was last off in the junior race and I had some competition with some fast juniors there that do a lot of road racing. The wind was very similar to Wednesday with a strong cross/tailwind and a head wind back.

I went out fast but by 3.5miles I was already 10seconds down on one of the juniors. I kept strong and didn’t get disheartened and turned well and it was straight back into a strong headwind, I pushed hard and my long distance time trialling was coming into play. I pulled back lost seconds and finished in a time of 23:15.

I didn’t have time to go and look at the results as it was back onto the turbo for a 15minute spin and my number was changed to number 65. And then it was back to the start line for my second 10.

The wind had changed and it wasn’t that helpful on the way out but was once again really hard on the way back. This was an odd experience and knew I wasn’t going to go as fast as the first 10, but it was just how close I could get.

I didn’t go out as fast as the first 10 as I knew how hard the returning leg was going to be. But I pushed hard and pushed hard on the way back trying to keep my minute man from overtaking me, and I did…just. I finished the second 10 in a time of 23:50, so I was pleased to be able to keep both in the 23 minutes. (It’s all good triathlon and long distance TT practice anyway)

After this I had my herbalife rebuild and headed to the HQ to see where I had finished. In the junior race I had managed to gain my lost seconds but not take any more out and had finished equal first overall. This meant that I had qualified for the national final. Then in the county champs I was first junior and 9th overall.

For more information on herbalife products contact me on garbett96@gmail.com or Nadia Fantastico on nadiactive@gmail.com,07870684341 or http://herbal-nutrition.net/nadiafanta, you should definitely try them as I have seen great benefits!

Check back next week as I have a 30mile TT on Tuesday, a hilly 19 mile TT on Friday and then a 10 mile TT on Saturday.

Tom.

Going longer.

This week I had planned to compete in 3 time trials over the week but due to a day of constantly being sick, I think due to the river from deva triathlon on Sunday, this changed to 2. I competed in a 10 mile on Tuesday and my longest ever time trial, a 50 mile on Sunday.

Tuesday 4th 10mile TT
On Tuesday I had a 10mile time trial consisting of 6 roundabouts on the out and back course. This meant the course wasn’t super quick but there was some fast times there.

The day before the race I had to have some Herbalife Green Magic to help give me as much nutrients as possible to get rid of this bug. By Tuesday I felt tired and quite good but the race tells a different story.

Before the race I had my Herbalife Prepare during my warm up. After my warm up I put the race wheels on and I was ready to race. With no Garmin on my bike (forgot it…) it was all down to how I felt and was an all out effort over the whole 10miles. From the off I felt quite lethargic and my legs were tired from Sunday’s tri but I pushed on hard to finish 7th overall in a time of 24minutes.

This meant that I had clawed back some points in the series to first overall but I have still got some work to do if I have any chance of winning the series. After the race I had my Herbalife Rebuild to aid my recovery.

Sunday 9th 50mile TT
During the remainder of the week I did some easy runs to try and recover my legs but by Saturday they were still slightly tired but that wasn’t going to stop me. On Sunday I had my first ever 50 mile time trial, this was the longest time trial I had ever done so I didn’t know what to expect.

The hour before the race I had my Herbalife Prepare to give a good boost, and then I was ready to go to the start. The 15 minute ride to the start was my warm up. With my aim to go under 2hours 10 for my first attempt I knew I had to hold an average of 23mph.

I think I may have gone out slightly to hard as my heart rate was at my 10mile pace but that soon dropped when I knew I had 45mile to go. Once into my rhythm I sat well at 23.8mph feeling strong for the first 30mile. I then found it tough for the next 10 with the road really bad and potholes everywhere I couldn’t get my speed up. By this time I was starting to hurt in places but after a bit of standing up I was back to riding strong. After this rough patch my average speed had dropped to 23.5mph and I was not going to let this drop. Then I was into the final 10 mile I knew I had nothing to lose so I put the hammer down and pushed hard with my heart rate rising again but my average speed wasn’t, I think this was because the returning leg was uphill.

I finished strong and with a time of 2:07:46, just over 2minutes faster than my target so I was really happy and now have something to beat at the next one… Yes for some strange reason I will be putting my body through the pain of two hours again, but I guess time flies when your having fun!

After the race I road back to the HQ as my cool down and drank my Herbalife rebuild to help with my recovery as my training ramps up in the next few weeks with the countdown to London beginning.

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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, you really should try them out as I have really seen the the benefits!

Check back next weekend as I will be competing in a 10mile TT on Wednesday and then on Saturday I will be competing in the junior national 10mile qualifier and then doing another 10mile TT on the same course for the SCCA series straight after it!
Thanks for reading.
Tom.

Things are looking good!

This weekend I was back to racing back to back time trials, with a 10 mile TT on Saturday and then a 25 on Sunday. I knew this weekend was going to be tough with the strong gusty winds but my Herbalife products came to the rescue and helped me to perform on both days.

Saturday 11th 10mile TT
On Saturday I travelled down to Ludlow to compete in the 10mile TT. The weather was a big factor in the time trial with a seriously strong gusty, swirling wind….oh and rain! I warmed up like usual drinking my Herbalife prepare and raising my heart rate up to race pace so I didn’t have a shock at the start!

The wind picked up throughout the day and I was off towards the end of the race so I knew it was going to be hard. I started the race hard with a nice 1mile downhill to start, I kept a good average speed up until about the 5mile mark where I hit the bottom of Sheet Hill. I climbed the hill up to the roundabout strong but my speed dropped a lot to 25.5mph average. This made me work even harder to get my average back up to 26mph average. I finished the race at an average of 26.2mph which gave me a finishing time of 22:56. I was very pleased with this time as this was my first time dipping under the 23minute barrier this year.

After the race I had my Herbalife rebuild to help my recovery ahead of Sundays 25. Also before I went to bed I took a Herbalife restore capsule which reduces inflammation in muscles which assisted my recovery even more.

Sunday 12th 25mile TT
Then I had my clubs 25mile TT on my local course on Sunday. The wind had died down slightly from yesterday but it was still quite blustery. My legs had recovered well and I was ready to race, I knew in my mind I had to get the ‘under the hour 25mile’ monkey off my back, so I had to give it my all.

It was an early start so it was still a bit chilly, but this wasn’t going to stop me. I did a short warm up drinking Herbalife Prepare before my 15minute ride to the start. I had no minute man to hunt down as he had a puncture so this meant I could only hunt down those in front, so I did what had to be done. I went out strong averaging 25.1mph at the turnaround point. I then had to dig really deep into the tank to keep this up to break the one hour barrier. I pushed hard into the wind and by the end, I finished with an average speed of 25.2mph. This meant I had got a PB with a time of 59:36, I was really pleased and got lots of congratulations from my family and friends. I had an average heart rate of 196bpm and a max of 201 so I knew I couldn’t of gone any harder!

After the race I had another Herbalife Rebuild, this will help me to get back into training hard again this week ahead of my second biggest triathlon on Sunday, the Snowdonia Slateman.

For more information on Herbalife products please contact me on – garbett96@gmail.com or Nadia Fantastico on nadiactive@gmail.com or 07870684341

Thanks for reading, check back next weekend as I will be racing a hilly 18mile TT on Wednesday and then racing Snowdonia Slateman triathlon on Sunday!

Tom.