Review of 2013

This year has been massive, there’s no other way to describe it.

So where do I start? Events? Training? PB’s?

No, let me start with thanks to my number one supporter – Sam (the Wife). Thanks for:

–                coming to watch me at every event

–                for the encouragement and motivational talks when I think I should’ve done better at an event

–                for reheating a million meals as I was out training when she ate on her own

–                for getting up at silly o’clock in the morning to help me get ready for an event

–                for sitting on her own by the pool while on holiday as I go on a run

–                I could go on and on listing all she does for me

Thank you it is really appreciated. x

Training:

Training has been great – this year I have clocked up 321 hours split as

Swimming 52 hrs

Cycling 148 hrs

Running 91 hours

Body conditioning 30 hrs

With 3 days training still to go in 2013. But this year hasn’t just been the volume, it’s the consistency, the fact I have had no injuries and until recently (when I started drinking again) I have been mainly illness free.

Plus I started the year at 12 stone 4lbs and raced at 10 stone 12lbs (currently at a Christmas 11 stone 6lbs).

All of the above is courtesy of Mark Kleanthous, my coach and triathlon Mentor – thanks a lot Mark for all your sessions, advice and encouragement.

Lets do events:

Two half ironman triathlons, an Olympic distance tri, a sprint distance tri, a half marathon, a couple of cycling sportives, a duathlon and three 10K runs.

A new half marathon PB, 2 x 10K PB’s and a 5K PB.

Full details of this year’s events are at the end of the blog.

Highlights of the year:

Building the base – never trained so consistently as I did for the first 8 months of the year. Really paid off when it came to the events.

The PB’s – finally starting to get faster. A great confidence builder.

Getting to grips with pacing – starting to understand and be able to pace myself better.

Tri Topia – the boot camp at Tri Topia was massive. A good solid training blog, lots of advice from Mark and Lee and great company. All of this meant it was a great laugh as well.

‘Finding’ Tooting Bec lido so I can do an open water swim and get a lay in (otherwise it’s a 5am rise to drive to Heron Lake on a Saturday or Sunday morning).

Down points of the year:

The past few months have been battling man flu. I had a slight cold in September which effected the Gauntlet result, another proper full on man flu in October so I had to withdraw from the Ball Buster event and had a third cold over the past few weeks. Need to stop this flu lark!

Only one down point isn’t bad either.

I cannot wait for 2014 – bring it on.

The tale of the tape 2013

The tale of the tape is below:

Feb 2013 Kenley 10K – 52mins and 42 sec – NEW PB

Feb 2013 Half Marathon – 2 hrs 58 secs – NEW PB

April 2013 Duathlon (6K / 23.5K / 6K) – 1 hour 49 mins and 40 secs

May 2013 Tri Topia Long Distance Training camp – 20hrs plus exercise

May 2013 Pearson 150K cycle sportive (training ride)

June 2013 L’etape du Sussex Cycle Sportive – 3 hrs 57 mins

June 2013 5K training run – 23 mins 56 secs – NEW PB

July 2013 Vachery Middle Distance Triathlon – 6 hrs 5 mins and 50 secs

August 2013 Ringmer Sprint Distance Triathlon –1 hrs 38 mins and 17 secs

September 2013 Reading Olympic Distance Triathlon – 2 hrs 57 mins 15 secs

September 2013 Castle Series – Hever Castle – The Gauntlet – Half iron man – 7 hrs 02 mins 08 secs

October 2013 Kenley10K – 51 mins 15 secs – NEW PB

November 2013 Beddington Park 10K (training run) – 1hr 5 mins

Thanks for reading in 2013 and have a great New Year and see you in 2014.

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