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30.06.11

Canary triathlon knockout

To give something back to the sport I volunteered at the Canary Wharf Super Series at the end of June. Canary Wharf Triathlon

The evening event took place in the heart of the business district. A series of eliminator heats for international elite athletes and a corporate race.

Triathlon in the heart of London's business district.
Triathlon in the heart of London's business district.

The Wharf was lined with spectators enjoying a pleasant Thursday evening after work drink. The weather threatened but it remain dry, which ensured the crowds stayed in to the evening cheering on the athletes.

Transition - Channel 4 cameras capturing the action
Transition - Channel 4 cameras capturing the action

The Aussies dominated with relatively comfortable wins for Erin Densham in the Women's race and Brendon Sexton in the Men's race. Brits Holly Avil (2nd), Jodie Stimpson (3rd), Aaron Harris (2nd) and Matt Gunby (3rd) put in great performances.

Triathlete Europe Article

The men's final:

The women's final:

I worked in transition guiding athletes out of the swim and on the run course. Because there were a number of quick heats lasting about 30 minutes our main role was to get the bikes out of transition after T2 and in to a holding area for the athletes to pick up later.

Transition - Elite men's holding rack waiting for collection.
Transition - Elite men's holding rack waiting for collection.

The format of the event meant that the action was fast, furious and very entertaining. For me, it was good to work in the heart of transition where a lot of the action was.

All the volunteers were well looked after by British Triathlon with food, drinks and a free event t-shirt. I'd definitely recommend watching or volunteering, a great evening.

12.06.11

Deca Update

Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the UK Deca Ironman due to a busted achilles (right) that I picked up towards the end of Day 3. Having won the first three days and comfortably leading the event, it was an extremely difficult decision to make.

However, as a coach I think it's important to know when it is time to take the sensible option to preserve yourself for future races. It got to the point where I had to take a lot of painkillers just to get around the course. Masking injuries in this way is never a sensible option and you're only setting yourself up for permanent damage.

Having decided this, I took the bike easier and walked the marathons for the next two days to achieve the quintuple ironman, which is a fantastic achievement I'm very proud of.

I went to the hospital yesterday and they have confirmed a minor rupture to my achilles and said it could take up to 12 months to recover. The pain I am now in when trying to walk is further testimony to the fact that I made the right decision.

Guy's lent me some crutches...
Guy's lent me some crutches...

Anyone who has had to pull out of an event will understand what I went through. I sat in my tent on the morning of Day 6 listening to those (now friends) still left in the deca go down to the lake for the swim. I thought about joining them and lost it when I heard my name being called out by Steve taking the roll call. Thankfully, I had Rachael there to re-assure me (stop me) that I was doing the right thing. If I'd have gone down to the lake that morning I would have seen the pain the others were going through and forced myself to continue. We band of brothers (and sister!)...

Would you believe it..!!!
Would you believe it..!!!

We didn't have a great web link in the New Forest, which made uploading to a daily blog a bit difficult. I do have lots of notes, pictures, videos and experiences to share so I'll put these up over the next few days/weeks as I recover (it'll give me something to do now that I can't train).

05.06.11

Deca Day 3

Day 3

People coming down to support has been fantastic...massive thanks.

Finding things very tough now. Right foot (arch) and left calf very painful. I'm also going to lose a toe nail on my left foot. Compede, ibuprofen and zinc tape.

With Rachael's amazing support, I'm managing my hydration well and yesterday involved lots more stopping for real food unlike the first day. This made me feel better but eats in to your sleep - five hours last night.

It's 4.45, bike needs racking in 30mins then wetsuit on and waddle to the water. The swim is the nicest bit by far as no-one is trying to kick anyone's head in.

The bike is quick if you gun it and I can stay aero for 90% of it. Burley village is deadly and you have to be prepared mantally for all the stops caused by tractors, OAPs, BMW drivers and the wild ponies and cows.

The run is brutal, very little flat and if it ain't uphill it's down which means your feet and knees take a pounding on very uneven ground.

The event is fantastic and the crew can't do enough for us. The course is a different matter and there were big concerns about the drop out rate. People are still finishing at 1.30am..!!! It's that tough.

More soon...

03.06.11

Deca: Here we go...Day 1

Woke up after five hours sleep. Finished my oats and getting the costume on. Bike racking in 30 minutes then down to the lake for a 6am start. Nervous, tired but ready for the off..!

02.06.11

One day to go...

One day to go…

With a car full of kit, nutrition and nerves, Rachael and I drove to Avon Tyrell for ten days that would change our lives forever.

01.06.11

aaaarrrrggghhhhh

Two days to go...

As always you have a long time to prepare and everything is in control but then nerves creep in and it feels like a rush.

During the event:

- you can follow me via a live tracking system.

- if you're coming down to watch contact Rachael on: 07789860937

- if you're driving down the sat nav postcode is: BH23 8EE. There is a car park for visitors. You won't be able to use the main driveway as that will be part of the bike course. Any problems call Rachael and she'll guide you in. BRING PIZZA..!!!

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