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2016 Results
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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CCC Race Report & Recovery
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:06 pm iainm
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Itís now 6 weeks since the CCC - you can read my race report on the Menís Running website, so I wonít go into any more details about that. There is also a video of the race that I put together that can be viewed here.

'Could have done better'
Although I finished with an injury, I was extremely happy to cross the line in 465th overall of over 2200 starters. Thatís a huge step forward from 2011 when I finished 931st overall from 1900. The dropout rate was much higher this year Ė it being the hottest in the fourteen-year history of the UTMB - with 70% finishing, compared to 83% in 2011.

Obviously my first thought on analysing the results was how I could have finished quicker. I certainly lost at least 20 places due to my knee problems, but realistically itís unlikely I could have trimmed more than half an hour off my time. But thatís the nature of racing. Once youíre over the line, I find Iím always thinking about how I could have gone faster.

Is the UTMB possible?
My 2017 plans are all about duathlon and triathlon, but simply completing the CCC gives me the points to enter again for 2018. Itís certainly in my mind that a 100 and a 50 before the end of 2018 would give me enough points to enter the UTMB ballot. Could I ever finish that race? The only way to find out is to enter it!

Back from injury
Just now Iím coming to the end of a relatively difficult period for me. No one likes being injured, but itís taken me 5-6 weeks to feel comfortable running again. I made a couple of attempts to come back before the knee was strong enough, but in the end I realised I needed to give it a good long rest. After 12 days of no running at all, it now seems to be okay.

The shock is how much run fitness Iíve lost. The period of injury has been good for my swimming Ė Iím currently putting in more than I have all year at around 6k per week Ė and Iíve still been working on the bike, albeit without too many testing sessions. What I had forgotten however was how hard the process of recovering, or gaining, run fitness is. This week I ran at a fast Ďrace paceí of 4:00 min/km for the first time in two months. It was only 5 intervals of 2 minutes a time, but I felt it in my legs the next day. Today I ran my longest since the CCC Ė 15km at around 5:30 min/km Ė and feel as tired as I did after a 4 hour run back in August.

Subjectively I know Iím a long way from good race form. My weight is hovering around 78kg instead of 76kg, with bodyfat of 21% compared with 18% (saving you the maths, this means my lean muscle mass has gone down and body fat has gone up). I can also see that my heart rate is running higher than I would expect for certain standard sessions.

But thatís all fine. The CCC is a tough race and itís probably good for me to have some down time. Whatís annoying is that Iíve had to DNS a couple of races (a local 20 miler and a local tri), although David at Hermes Running (who is an accomplished ultrarunner) kindly let me transfer from Novemberís Thames Meander Marathon to next year.

Plans for the rest of 2016...
My focus is now on getting back into some racing form for the end of the year. I have the F3 duathlon at Eton Dorney in a monthís time, so a good training block should see my enter that in reasonable shape. Iím down for the Olympic distance Ė that might be a bit far for me to be competitive, but it will be a good tester.

...and for 2017
As far as the 2017 season goes, Iím still not sure what my ĎAí race will be. Iíve booked my flights for the European Duathlon Champs (Olympic distance) in April and based on last yearís racing I stand a chance of a good finish in this (maybe top ten or 15 overall). However, I also have a charity place for the London Marathon the week before. I could target this and try and keep my Good For Age time ticking over, but at this stage Iím not sure how much focusing on Ďjustí running will impact on my duathlon performance. On top of that Iíd like to try and qualify for the Triathlon World Champs in Rotterdam in September. That would be in the sprint distance, where I probably have the best chance and the qualifying races I can do are Eton in May and then Llandudno in June. Eton is probably a little soon to transition into short, sharp speed from marathon/oly duathlon, so Llandudno seems my best chance. The other random element of this is that Worlds Sprint racing is draft-legal on the bike Ė something Iíve never done. As a weaker swimmer, on the face of it this format doesnít really suit me.

However, itís hard to know how it will work out in practice. Some races I go to I see people blatantly drafting anyway, so it may actually help me. Plus at a venue like Eton, with so many laps, there could be opportunities to join faster groups from other waves. With time trial bikes not allowed, it also gives me an excuse to buy another bikeÖ Wink
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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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