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23 Jan - 2 Alpes Night Trail
2:11:05 - 28/101, 4/16 AG
21 Feb - Anglian Duathlon
2:15:36 - 36/175, 3/22 AG
28 Feb - Brighton Half Marathon
1:26:15 - 233/8095, 66/1439 AG
03 Apr - Windsor Duathlon
2:16:57 - 100/519, 6/90 AG
04 Jun - Trail Challenge Marathon
5:10 (Brighton-Eastbourne)
12 Jun - Midsussex Sprint Tri
1:12:27 - 20/238, 4/40 AG
26 Jun - 1st Swim Crawley Tri
0:59:28 - 5/68, 2/20 AG
06 Aug - Phoenix Running Marathon
3:24 - 5/102
26 Aug - CCC Ultra Marathon
21:29 - 465/2200, 27/152 AG
19 Nov - F3 Duathlon
2:09:24 - 3/50, 1 AG
04 Dec - Downland Devil 9
1:05:52 - 11/250, 2/28 AG
2015 Events
22 Feb - Brighton Half Marathon
03 May - Steyning Standard
1:49:52 - 6/97, 1/19 AG
27 May - Arundel Standard
1:59:57 - 6/105, 1/19 AG
14 Jun - Midsussex Sprint Tri
1:09:55 - 9/272, 4/51 AG
12 Jul - ETU Euro Champs, Geneva
2:22:39 - 47/79 AG
26 Jul - Worthing Standard
2:25:09 - 109/398, 16/54 AG
08 Aug - Triathlon Castro, Spain
16 Aug - Noja Aquathlon, Spain
22:15 - 18/41, 1/7 AG
13 Sep - Virgin Active Brighton Tri
1:21:39 - 7/133, 2/21 AG
20 Sep - Brighton Marina Tri
1:44:24 - 11/115, 5/44 AG
11 Oct - Jog Shop 20
2:45 - 13/110, 4/22 AG
07 Nov - Hermes Thames Half Mara
1:28:07 - 5/362, 1/55 AG
28 Dec - Phoenix Marathon
3:14:05 - 4/96
2014 Events
01 Feb: Pilgrims Challenge Day 1
5:35 24/199
30 Mar: Springtime Sportive 54m
3:07 1/157
05 Apr: SDW 50 Ultra
9:06 107/314
21 Apr: Thames Turbo Tri
1:04 22/347, 1/31 AG
04 May: Steyning Oly
1:46 15/111, 3/22 AG
11 May: Beacon Rouleur Sportive
5:49 11/48
31 May: City to Summit Tri
15:27 25/123
22 Jun: Sussex Triathlon Oly
2:37 21/93, 2/13 AG
19 Jul: Race To The Stones 100k
13:09 103/703
24 Aug: Triathlon du Mont Blanc
1:17:03 34/310, 8/82 AG
07 Sep: Bala Oly
2:11 118/560, 20/118 AG
14 Sep: Brighton Virgin Active Tri
1:21 5/155
21 Sep: Brighton Marina Tri
1:48 7/109, 4/28 AG
16 Nov: Brooks 10k
39:09 205/3196, 53/548 AG
07 Dec: Downland Devil 9
1:07 28/283
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Trails, Duathlon and Injury
Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:11 pm iainm
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Itís been a while since my last blog so hereís an update on the last five months!


This was a seriously testing event that I was invited to by the tourist office and I wrote up for Menís Running Magazine. The bullet points are that it was 20km at altitude at night Ė and despite being in good marathon shape, nothing prepares you for the altitude! Effing hard work! You can view my video of the event here


Iíd decided to target a couple of standard distance duathlons (10k run/40k bike/5k run) over the winter to test out my theory that without a swim to deal with I could perform at a higher level. So it proved Ė it was a great success. Race 1 was the Anglia Duathlon where I finished 3rd in my age group (36/175 overall) and qualified for next yearís Euro Champs. Race 2 was the National Champs at Windsor. Transition was a quagmire and parking a joke, but I enjoyed the race to finish 6th of 90 in my age group and 100/519 overall. If Iíd chosen to, that would have been enough to qualify me for this yearís Euro Champs.


I was in good shape after my marathon at the end of December and knew it would give me the base for the 2h+ duathlons. I didnít know how well Iíd be able to transfer to speed over the shorter distance, but it turned out I had some great form through spring. I ran my 2nd fastest half marathon (1:26:15) at Brighton in Feb having started pacing 1:28. It all felt pretty smooth though and I negative split. In retrospect I wish Iíd gone for a PB from the start as I was only 48 seconds off. At the Windsor duathlon in April I ran a 40:25 first 10k on an undulating part-trail course and a week later ran a 18:37 parkrun Ė on the only week Iíve ever forgotten my bloody barcode. Shame as that one would have been an age-graded PB!


So coming into May and triathlon season I was in good running form, plus I was putting out some good watts on the bike and decent splits in the pool (which for me means 1:42 100 repeats). Then BANG Ė itís all over Rover. I was mucking around with my daughter and picked her up to pretend to dump her in a binÖand ouchÖa stab of back pain. The next morning I just twisted slightly and what was a twinge suddenly dropped me to the floor in agony.

I hobbled my way down to see Matt at Studio 57, unable to bend forwards and walking super-gingerly, paranoid that Iíd slipped a disc or similar. I left reassured it was Ďjustí a torn glute plus ligament damage. Over the next few weeks Matt gave me a bunch of exercise to help free up, then strengthen the muscle and gradually the mobility has come back.

If youíve been injured before youíll know that recovery is not linear. Some days I worried that maybe it was more serious and as one DNS (Steyning Tri) became two (Nottingham Tri Ė and my A race for this year), I definitely struggled at times. My fitness disappeared and I put on 3kg. As it improved I eased myself back. In the pool at first I alternated swimming a length, then walking a length. My first Ďruní came after three weeks and was a 1min walk/1min very slow jog (10min/km pace).

Slowly but surely Iíve kept on that path back and now Iím probably up to 80% of where I was. I have got the Mid-Sussex Tri in the calendar for 12 June and Iíll probably do it. On the one hand it will be disappointing not to be competitive, but thereís the opportunity to simply enjoy taking part again (after 2 x DNS and the first Thames Turbo of the season, which was cancelled due to high winds).


Ultimately my main A race for this year was always the CCC (98km ultra in the Alps) and I still have 12 weeks to get in shape for this. Getting to the start line and then finishing this race is my only goal now Ė I donít have to go fast, but I do have to go long. Iíve pencilled in a couple of marathons to practice nutrition, kit and some faster-than-race-pace distance runs, so I have some goals to aim for along the way.

Being injured can be frustrating and (literally) painful, but itís helped me appreciate how lucky I am to have my health and my fitness and I value that so much. Itís not about the winning (although that can be a bonus!), it really is about being able to take part!
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About Iain
I'm a 50 year old triathlete and runner, competing since 1992. I have competed in 119 triathlons and 20 marathons (including 6 ultras). I am supported by Profeet - sports footwear and orthotics specialists.
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