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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.

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.

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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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Weekend Racing

It’s been a good weekend on the time trialling scene!

Saturday 2nd – Wrekinsport Hilly 18
On Saturday I travelled down to Bridgnorth to compete in the Wrekinsport Hilly 18mile TT.

One hour before my start time I began drinking my Herbalife Prepare. 40minutes to go I got on to my turbo and began my warm up, constantly sipping my Herbalife drink. The prepare really helped, as it gave me the boost needed before my race. After raising my heart rate towards the end of my warm up I had a good feeling about the race. My legs felt good, the weather was great, warm…ish, dry but with a bit of a head wind for the first 9mile. 15 minutes until my start I got off the turbo changed my wheels helmet on and I started to make my way down to the start.

The race went well with the first half being hard with the headwind and hills. But once I turned at the 9mile mark it was time to fly! With a nice tailwind and a few nice downhills I was flying. Then with approximately 3mile to go I made the final sharp left turn at the roundabout, and it was time to head up the hardest hill of the race…the HERMITAGE! I felt strong going up and was spurred on by my Dad and being able to see my 4minute man. I began to hunt him down passing him just before the top. When I reached the top I knew it was time to wind it up, with a 2mile down hill back to the finish. Running out of gears on the downhill I felt confident of a good time. I got to the finish whilst being cheered on by my mum, I was glad the pain had ended.

After the race I got back on the turbo for my cool down and Herbalife Rebuild Endurance shake. After finishing this I went inside to see my results. I finished 18th/70riders, and 1st junior by over 4minutes. I had also improved by 3minutes over last years time!! Happy days.

When I got home and had my tea. My legs felt quite achey, so before bed I had a Herbalife Restore capsule to help reduce muscle inflammation and by the morning my legs felt nearly as good as new!

Sunday 3rd – 2-up TT

On Sunday it was a 10 mile 2up TT where I was competing with a fellow club mate. We both began our warm ups I was drinking my Herbalife Prepare to give me another boost. With 16 teams racing we both new it was going to be hard to win.

We made our way to the start. 10seconds to go and I knew we were one good ride away from our first victory of the year. We flew out of the blocks averaging 28mile an hour for the first 2mile. We were changing every 45seconds to 1minute to spread the effort evenly. We hunted down our two minute men and caught them within 5miles. With 4mile to go we got back on to the main road, we were steaming along. We turned at the roundabout with 1mile to go, at our max, my legs were beginning to die but I dug deep to keep the pace up.

When we got back to the HQ i drank my Herbalife Rebuild shake, and headed to the results table to find out how we got on. We WON! With our closest challenge over 30seconds behind!

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Check back next Sunday to find out how I got on at the Hawkstone Hilly 18mile TT!

Thanks for reading.
Tom

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Chester Hilly 14 TT

Today I went down to Broxton near Chester to compete in my first race of the time trialling season the Chester Hilly 14mile time trial. The weather conditions were getting worse throughout the day and with me off at 2:56pm, the weather was not looking good. The wind was starting to pick up and there was consistent snow/sleet fall.

40 minutes before my start time I jumped on to my turbo and began my warm up trying to raise my heart rate in the freezing cold weather. 5 minutes to go, off the turbo, quick wheel change to the race wheels and then to the start line.

The race went well passing some very nice bikes on the way. I finished the race in a time of 36 minutes 16seconds which is a 1minute 20second improvement on last years race. This is a great start to my season as it makes me feel very confident that I can put in some good pb’s this season. I finished 2nd in the junior category, but overall position is still unknown- will edit this when I get the results!

As soon as the race finished I had a Herbalife recovery shake, this is a great product to help me recover quicker before next weeks races!.

If you want to try any great Herbalife products or have any questions about them please don’t hesitate to contact:
Nadia Fantastico
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My next blog will be next weekend as I will be competing in a weekend of racing, on Saturday I will be taking on the challenging Wrekinsport Hilly 18mile TT and then on Sunday I have got a 10mile 2up TT with a club mate. I will definitely be needing my Herbalife Recover shakes after that weekend!

Thanks for reading
Tom