2020; a new challenge

Along with the rest of the world, my plans for 2020 have taken some rearranging.

The Ironman World Championships were originally postponed from October 2020 to February 2021. Those of us who had already qualified were given the option to attend the February event, or defer until October 2021. After several spreadsheets were made and many variables considered, I decided that deferring to October 2021 was the best choice for me. Which, now that the February event has subsequently been cancelled, was definitely the right call.

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Argentina: a long way to go for a coin

After my less-than-ideal race in Zurich (see post here), I wanted to find another race that was held before the end of the year. It would make 2019 an extremely long season but, if I managed it well, I could maintain my fitness from Zurich. If I qualified, the only race I would have to focus on in 2020 would be Kona; I could have an extended rest into the new year and be able to fully enjoy mine and Mic’s wedding in June.

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Third time’s a charm? Not always…

This will be the first of two blog posts I’m going to write in the following weeks (hopefully). Whilst I’ve been absent online for a while, the last few months have been far from quiet. I’ve decided to split my posts up, firstly to ensure you don’t get bored reading for too long, but also because each will cover an Ironman race. At the start of 2019 I hoped those two races would be Ironman Switzerland and the Ironman World Championships in Kona but, as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, competing in Ironman doesn’t always go to plan.

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May the 4th be with you

For those of you who follow my (intermittent) blog and instagram posts, you’ll know that my goal for a while now has been to qualify and compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona. As you can imagine (and my fiancée can attest to), this requires a lot of training; around 15-18 hours a week. My qualification race for this year is going to be in Zurich on 21st July. Around 2 months before my biggest race of the season, I have a training day I call BIG DAY. In capital letters. It’s a whole day of swimming, cycling and running, at race pace, for distances slightly shorter than the full Ironman distance. This year, BIG DAY coincided nicely with the ITU Long Distance World Championships; a race where the swimming, cycling and running distances are slightly shorter than the full Ironman distance. Should work nicely, I thought.

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GroHappy Sponsorship

I’m very excited to announce I’m partnering up with GroHappy, a company which helps leaders retain their employees through motivating and encouraging personal career development. GroHappy’s ethos matches strongly with my own, as they recognise the importance of making careers work for the individual. This has been so important in my own journey; I still work full time, and fitting my training around my career can often be challenging. GroHappy recognises that people have passions outside their 9 to 5 and how it is important for companies to help nurture those external ambitions to give people a more fulfilling work-life balance.

GroHappy has written a short blog post about our partnership here. If you are interested in finding out more about this brilliant company, you can visit their website: https://www.grohappy.co.uk/

In the meantime, look out for their logo on my trisuit in my upcoming race!

British Cycling E-Racing National Championships

Yesterday was a bit of a mad day.

I had a long cycle planned to finish off my latest block of training and see me into a rest week. The British Cycling E-Racing National Championships Qualifier was being held on Zwift and, despite the beautiful weather which was tempting me out onto the road, I decided this could be an interesting new experience.

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Ironman Copenhagen 2018

Can you ever feel completely comfortable competing in an Ironman? Probably not. Almost definitely not. However, returning to Copenhagen a year after my first long distance triathlon was as close as I can imagine getting. Preparation is key, and I had a cheat sheet from the year before. I knew the registration process, I knew the course (albeit with a few minor tweaks), I knew where the loos were if sh*t got serious, I knew after 5 years competing that you shouldn’t start the run course with your helmet still on your head. I was ready.

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2016 Reflections (Part 4 of 4): All Roads Lead to Kona

One of the inspirations which led me to triathlon was the legendary stories from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. The ambition for me is, and always has been, to compete in an Ironman and ultimately to join those world-class athletes on the start line in Kona.

My training and the competitions I have competed in up until now have been part of a wonderful journey which have taken me all over the world. I’ve learnt so much from these experiences and developed massively as an athlete. However, none of it has been specifically tailored to get me to Ironman; up until now. Continue reading “2016 Reflections (Part 4 of 4): All Roads Lead to Kona”

2016 Reflections (Part 2 of 4): World Championships

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Points for whoever can spot me on the start line

With the Euros done and dusted it was time to refocus on the World Championships which came around a lot sooner and was a lot closer to home than in 2015.

It was held in Aviles, Spain at an impressive venue that seemed built for the occasion; an incredible collection of buildings designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. This sport has taken me to a lot of destinations that I otherwise would never have visited and this is one that I am definitely thankful for.

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