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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.

Bala Standard – European Age Group Qualifier

What can I say…it’s one week away from the Worlds and I’m trying to qualify for an event in 2014.
This event was a qualifying race for next years European Age Group Championships in Austria, which I thought would be a great chance to race abroad.

On the morning of the race I had to get up at 5am to get everything loaded into the van and on the road for 6. I have a particular routine before I race, which meant I had to eat my breakfast whilst travelling to the venue.
On arrival at Bala the weather seemed quite calm with a mild SW wind, however there was a chill in the air. I walked to the registration to collect my number and chip and could see there were a lot of people who had made the journey to Bala to compete for the generous prize money that would be awarded to the top athletes in the race.
An hour before the start of the race I started drinking my Herbalife prepare and walked to the transition area to rack my bike. As I was number 2, I was racked next to the water exit.
As the start got closer, I was called into the holding pen along with all the other male under 40 year old competitors. This was a busy area with lots of eager and nervous athletes.
We were all called into the water to swim to the start point, the water was 16 degrees, but felt a lot colder. After a bit of jostling for position the hooter went off and it was everyone for themselves. I suffered quite a lot in the swim, finding myself in the middle of the pack meant I was trying to overtake bigger and stronger athletes, which left me with an occasional foot in my face and arms around my head. This caused me to swallow a lot of water which was going to come back and haunt me later in the race. Eventually I managed to get myself into some open water and concentrate on trying to bridge the gap to the swimmers ahead.
After 1500m, I exited the swim and quickly made my way to my bike. I slipped off my new project X 2XU wetsuit (ebay bargain) with no problems, got my helmet and shoes on and headed to the mount line to take on the 40k bike.
The SW wind had now started to pick up, that meant the first half of the bike section would be into a head wind. In the first couple of miles I was suffering with stitch, but I wasn’t going to let this stop me posting a good bike time. After 1hr,40k, a lot of stitch and some vomiting I was coming into transition and hoping to be able to keep off the athletes I had overtaken on the bike. Unfortunately after less than a mile I was vomiting in the verge and having to walk to try and get my stomach something like normal again. I started jogging and started to pick up the pace slowly, but this had lost the minutes I’d gained on the bike to the faster runners, having been overtaken by a 19 year old from my category. After the turn around point I was starting to feel normal again, but i could see athletes chasing that had beaten me in other races. I began pushing hard and managed to finish the race only 58sec behind 2nd place in my age.

On reflection, I have taken the positives from a very competitive race with some really talented athletes. I was the youngest athlete, finished in the top 10%, beat athletes that had beaten me earlier on in the season, got a PB and qualified to represent GBR at Austria in 2014.

After the race I had another Herbalife rebuild to help with my recovery along with a deep massage.

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 the Age Group World Triathlon Championships in London which is an experience I plan on enjoying.

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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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.

Why you shouldn’t race too soon after illness

This week I was supposed to compete in a 10mile TT on Saturday and then a double sprint triathlon on the Sunday. But I managed to catch a stomach bug from somewhere, either last weeks race or maybe swimming during the week. So I decided not to race on Saturday so I don’t make myself even worse for Sunday, this helped but not fully. So I went to race the double sprint triathlon, distances of a 1500m open water swim, 54k bike and then a 10k run, but the swim had to be cancelled due to infections in the water, and it was changed to a duathlon, with distances of a 5k run, 54k bike and then the 10k run.

The run course was a 5k loop, mainly off road with a large hill in the middle. Whereas the bike was a 27k undulating loop. We didn’t arrive in enough time to go and take a look at the course so it was just down to taking it as it comes. Before the race I drank my Herbalife prepare and did a short warm up ahead of the 5k first run.

I went off hard for the first mile, and then began to go backwards when I got to the hill but I kept the pace high and got into T1 in the top 10. I got my bike shoes on and it was out on to the bike, it was a really unusual feeling biking after running but I gave myself a few miles to get in to my rhythm. I then raised the pace and began closing in on the competitors in front. After losing my water bottle with my Herbalife drink in half way around the first loop,I was just down to gels I hadn’t used before until I finished the first loop, where there was a drink station and they were handing out bottles of what I thought was water. It wasn’t it was a product from USN, so I didn’t know how my body was going to cope with using all of these different products but I kept on pushing and came into T2 in the top 5.

I then went out onto the run, already with an uncomfortable stomach but just to add to it products from 3 different companies and water in it too. As soon as I began running I was already being chased down by someone who came into T2 right behind me. But I kept running my own race and was caught by 3 runners in the first lap, I stayed close to the 3rd for a while but then when I got onto the second lap my stomach turned and it was seriously uncomfortable. I was heaving and throwing up a few times on that lap which wasn’t nice. I managed to finish just inside the top 10 which I was pleased with considering how I felt. As well as a top 10 finish I won the junior category.

I now know that I shouldn’t race so close after being ill and will be looking at changing my bottle cage so that I do not lose my Herbalife drink again.

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

Next week if I’m feeling good enough I will be competing in championship 25mile TT on Wednesday and then a 25mile TT on the Sunday.

Thanks for reading
Tom.

Last minute entries…

This week I said that I had a, 30m TT, a 19m TT and a 10 but I had got the dates wrong. I didn’t have a 10m TT after all that is next weekend. So this left me with an empty weekend so I did a last minute entry into Cholmondeley Castle mid distance triathlon.

Tuesday 18th 30m TT
On Tuesday I competed in a 30mile TT, the conditions were good in some ways and not so good in others, there was very little wind which was a good thing but it was very humid, so in an aero helmet it was very hot and my visor was steaming up and couldn’t see for the majority of the race!

I warmed up using my Herbalife Prepare, doing a shorter warmup than usual as it was quite a long time trial and I didn’t want to tire myself out. Shortly after it was time to start, with an average speed of 25mph in mind to try and keep to get a PB I knew I couldn’t start off too fast otherwise I would have nothing left for the rest of the race. I began well and then my 15minute timer for my gel and water went off and after having my gel I reached back to get my drink, and there was nothing there… My water bottle had bounced out from behind my seat over the rough section of road at around 3mile, so now I knew I would have to pace myself with only 3 energy gels to keep me going the whole race.

I finished strong with my average speed at 25mph which meant I had pb’d by 39seconds, with a time of 1:12:22. This meant I had finished 6th overall which I was very pleased with. After the race I had another Herbalife rebuild to help my recovery!

Friday 21st 19mile hilly TT
On Friday I competed in a 19mile TT, the conditions were pretty good with it being dry but with quite a strong wind.

I warmed up again using my Herbalife prepare. Then it was time to race. The course consisted of 7miles flat, then 9miles out and back on an undulating road which consisted of a 1mile pretty steep climb that we had to go over twice, just to make it interesting. And then finished with a 3mile flat section!

I rode well and climbed the hills strong and descended fast with a max speed of 47mph… Lucky I didn’t go into a speed wobble or that would of hurt! I finished strong with my average speed at 23.9 mph which meant I had pb’d by over a minute, with a time of 46:58. This meant I had finished 5th overall which I was very pleased with. After the race I had another Herbalife rebuild to help my recovery!

Sunday 23rd Cholmondeley castle triathlon
With a last minute entry I didn’t know what to expect and so used this race as a good training day. The distances were 800m swim, 44km bike and then a 8km run. My race plan given by my dad/coach was to go hard in the swim, get round the bike safely and then hammer the run and see what time I can do. There were torrential conditions with high winds and lots of rain meaning the roads on the bike were really slick and dangerous.

I did what I had to do, I pushed the swim hard and exited the water in second place by a couple of seconds. The water was not nice I couldn’t even see my hand in front of me the lake was that dirty but it was nice and warm for a change. I quickly slipped my wetsuit off and I was gone.

The bike was split into two laps with some real rough sections and road chippings washed all over the road in places which made the descents very dangerous. I rode strong on the flats and up the hills but then didn’t descend like a nutter as I didn’t want to come off and hurt myself ahead of next weeks triathlon. I was overtaken by one man on the bike who descended really quickly but I wasn’t going to risk it and carried on with my own race. I had lost a couple of minutes on the bike to the two leaders. I was then into t2 which didn’t go smoothly I couldn’t get my shoes on and my hands were cold but eventually they were on and off I went.

I went off hard for the first km of the run and then settled into my pace. I kept a high pace for the whole run and for the first time didn’t get overtaken by anyone! I did a run split of 29:21 for the 8km and I was really pleased with it.

After the race I had my Herbalife Rebuild and then got onto the podium to collect my voucher and 3rd place trophy!

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 have a 10m TT on Saturday and then an Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday!

Tom.

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.