Sun, sea and great news!

Last week was spent on holiday in Crete. Although training was much reduced it was lovely to get away with the family and take the much needed physical and mental break.

That said I still managed to get out a fair few runs while I was out there. For anyone thinking of heading to Crete and running, I advise you to get out for a run before the sun comes up. My son said it’s like a scene from “Pitch Black”, as soon as the sun comes up it’s like a furnace which is superb for sunbathing, not so lovely for a run.

However, you just cannot beat running to the sound of waves lapping against the beach.

Upon my return I had an email in my inbox awaiting my attention. This is what it said;


So, in a nutshell I am now officially Team GB for the European sprint distance triathlon team. I have achieved one of the goals I set at the beginning of the season to achieve and I will be heading to Austria in GB colours next June!

This superb news has meant I no longer need to travel to Newcastle for the final Sprint qualification event this month and leaves me free to focus training on the final Olympic distance ETU qualification event which will be held closer to home on 22nd September. So I can look forward to some tough training over the next four weeks, I can’t wait to see what my coach has in store for me!

Having achieved some of the season’s goals has prompted me to take a look at what remains. Of course my failure to qualify for the World championships has been well documented throughout this blog, that really is the only goal I have not met, there is still plenty of time to achieve the new run PB’s in the 10k and half marathon (and 5 mile if I can find a 5 mile race!) so that will be the focus for the remainder of 2013. Priority is of course the Olympic distance triathlon for ETU qualification, and then I have a half marathon to plan for.

In this sport I believe it’s important to have a fairly fluid approach to what you want to achieve, and if I have learnt anything this season then it’s to adapt to circumstance and don’t let them affect you too much. I have had ups and downs but I am focussed to finish the triathlon season on a high, this wouldn’t have been possible without my financial sponsor Inframon ( and MarkOne coaching! Thank you so much both of you.


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Train hard to race hard

Since my last blog there has been a good period of hard training sessions and plenty of open water swimming.

I am definitely swimming more than I ever have before and the results are showing that the time in the water is paying off, I am getting faster.

Of course it would be difficult to write this particular blog without mentioning the weather, it’s just fantastic to head out on the bike or run without seventy layers on! Even the turbo trainer has now left the “hurt locker” and is now located in the garden so I can top up the tan whilst training. We have to make the most of it, who knows when it will end!

The main focus of this block of training is of course the final qualification races in September. Firstly the European Sprint distance race in New Biggin at the beginning of the month followed a couple of weeks later by the Standard distance European qualifier at Anglian water.

My priority of course is the Sprint and to cement my qualification place for Austria in 2014. However it would be nice to post an improved time in a standard distance race.

Speaking of standard distance races I was please to represent Transition Tri at the Virgin Active London Triathlon last weekend. We took part in the relay event on the Saturday, with team mates picking up the swim and bike legs all I had to do was hang around until the end then smash out a run.


However, if anyone out there has done the Virgin London Triathlon you will know this isn’t a course for a PB, the run course was just far to narrow and far too busy, at some points I found myself jogging on the spot until the crowds had dispersed. That said I managed a 42:42 run leg and I was happy enough with that on the day. It was a great day, and the first relay I had ever done, so teaming up with two other team mates was a really good change. I really enjoyed it, and we got to cross the line together too which provided some decent photo opportunities.


So next week I am on holiday and have a run focus week planned, just to get a good week  worth of runs into my legs before coming back and preparing for New Biggin.

I must just mention my fabulous sponsors who have stuck by me all year and supported me all the way, they really are a superb bunch of people and without them a lot of the racing and success so far wouldn’t have been possible. Their support has also enabled me to book a place on a training camp in early 2014. This will provide me a perfect block of training prior to the racing season and ahead of Austria next year!


Also – I better also mention my coach, Mark Racher of Mark One Coaching. We have now worked together for five months and my game has really picked up. His daily support and advice is second to none.

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For  now it’s one final week of training followed by a holiday then hit it hard before racing my behind off!

Until next time, take care and race hard 😉

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