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26/05 - Lough Cutra
15/06 - South Cerney
07/07 - IM Frankfurt
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ITU World Age Group Championships Edmonton 01/09/14
Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:24 pm savaloy
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My original plan for this season was to target the three world championship races over three distances, starting with Olympic in Edmonton, then 70.3 in Mont Tremblant and finally Ironman in Kona. After South Africa, my plans changed and the main targets were the two Canadian races and no Kona. Sitting here reflecting on my plans on the eve of my 70.3 race, I'm actually pleased that I won't be racing Kona this year as, although I'm enjoying my trip to Canada, I wouldn't want to be away from home for another long trip so soon after this one.

As far as the race is concerned, whilst I'd have liked to have been writing this report as World Age Group Champion, 4th was a fair result on the day and I have no complaints. I also enjoyed the race and being in the hunt for the podium, even though I returned empty handed.

The swim was a two lap affair in a man made chlorinated lake and was relatively uneventful. I stopped to de-mist my goggles after the first buoy and found myself in 2nd coming out the water about 30 seconds down on an Icelandic fella, with a Gibraltan and Mexican fella shortly behind me.

Onto the bike, another two lapper, and it was a case of yo-yoing with the Gibraltan and Mexican for the 1st lap, overtaking the Icelandic guy on the second climb. Each lap comprised 4 out/back type legs, one short sharp climb, one longer drag and some other kicks. The road surface was good in parts, not so good in others. On the 2nd lap, I lost ground on the other two guys who were better technically than me, but, at that stage, I believed that I could run them down. I was also conscious that a US athlete, Doug Clark, who I knew was a strong bike/runner was likely to be not too far behind.

When I got to T2, I saw that I was about a minute down on 1 and 2 and that Doug was about 30 second behind me in 4th. I knew at that stage that I would need to run well to be on the podium. The run course was another 2 lap deal, with circa 3 of the 5k off road on compact trails with a light dusting of sand/fine gravel. I think the off road section resulted in relatively slow run times across the board. So although my run split was a couple of minutes down on where I believed my current form is, this was the story across the board. As I expected, Doug caught me for 3rd about 1k into the run. I tried to tuck in, but that proved fruitless and my focus then was to keep efficient and see whether I could catch the front two. In the end it wasn't to be and although Doug caught the Mexican, the Gibraltan held on for 1st and both of them actually put time into me.

So, like last year, 4th. However, unlike last year, at least this race involved a full swim AND had all of my age group racing in the same wave. In terms of performance, I have no complaints about my swim and bike. Yes, perhaps, I could have biked harder, but I think this would have impacted my run. I therefore don't believe that pushing the bike harder would have given me a better placing. The reality is my run is not as strong as it was this time last year. Maybe if I'd been closer to the front two I'd have dug deeper, but I wasn't, so c'est la vie as they say in Quebec Wink

Next up, Mont Tremblant and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, which looks like its going to be EPIC! The setting for the race is simply stunning. Having raced the previous 70.3 World Championship venues at Clearwater and Las Vegas, this is by far the best course. The bike course, although hilly with a few short punchy climbs at the back end, looks like a power course with mainly non technical long drags and descents which can be ridden on the aero bars. I predict some fast times from the big uber bikers amongst the PRO's. The run course looks unrelenting, with no flat of note. My prediction is that it will turn into an attritional slinging match with the strongest athletes coming out on top. BRING IT ON Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:49 pm iainm
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nice write up Sav. as you say, shame you didn't make the podium, but you put in the best possible performance on the day. best of luck for tremblant. go get em
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Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:12 am Gibraltar
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Nice report Matt.
Knowing your form in London I took a conscious decision to push the pace on the bike for the last 15km and went as hard as I dared to try and get a gap on you and the American. I did the last 15km at the front with just the Mexican holding on behind. I think in hindsight that this was a crucial part of the race as if you had come into T2 with me it would have made for a different result. At 7km on the run the Mexican and I were still at it stride for stride but I knew the American was gaining quickly so I just went for it and was either going to get Gold or 4th. Luckily I had my running legs on and just managed to bring it home. I am sure we will meet again for another race!
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."

My Results from 2015
Wimbleball UK 70.3 28/06/15
10th M45
(24:27/5:30/3:10.45/5:21/1:44.58 )

Outlaw 26/07/15
4th M45 10:07.55

Thames Turbo Sprint 31/08/15
7th 1:02.30

Challenge Weymouth 13/09/15
5th M45 10:07.40
My Results from 2014
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 15/03/14

Ironman South Africa 06/04/14
16th M45 11:02.34

Joey Hannon 27/04/14
3rd 1:57:08

Mallorca 70.3 10/05/14
4th M45 4:32.37
(23:36/3:56/2:29.25/3:22/1:32.18 )

Hell of The West (Killkee) 28/06/14
9th 2:07:20

Hillingdon Sprint 20/07/14
1st 1:14.18

Bedford Classic 27/07/14
4th 2:11:40

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 03/08/14
3rd 2:59:41

Monster Middle 17/08/14
2nd 3:59.31

ITU World AG Champs Standard 01/09/14
4th M45 2:03:59
(19:18/2:30/1:00.05/2:15/39:08 )

World 70.3 Championships 07/09/14
7th M45 4:18.17

Ironman Barcelona 05/10/14
3rd M45 9:05:59
_____My results from 2013____
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 02/03/13
1st M40 7:29.03

ETU Middle Distance Champs (Barcelona) 19/05/13
6th M40-44 4:55:48

Lough Cutra Olympic 26/05/13
3rd 2:12:38

Hever Castle Evening Sprint 12/06/13
1st 1:12.36

South Cerney Olympic 15/06/13
2nd 2:08:08

Ironman Frankfurt 07/07/13
14th M40 9:31:31 (S 49:32/T1 03:53/B 5:01:15/T2 02:43/R 3:34:08 )

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 28/07/13
1.5k/80k/10k - 2nd 3:08:31 (S 21:13/T1 2:57/B 2:04:01/T2 2:29/R 37:53)

European 70.3 Champs Wiesbaden 11/08/13
21st M40 4:41:52 (23:28/2:51/2:43:28/1:52/1:30:13)

Hillingdon Aquathlon 05/09/13
1st 24:12

Valencia Olympic 08/09/13
1st M40 2:10:08 (S 21:39/T1 1:38/B 1:06:35/T2 1:52/R 38:24)

ITU Aquathlon World Championships 11/09/13
1st M40 31:02

ITU World AG Champs - Standard 15/09/13
4th M40 1:51:30 (S 9:54/T1 2:52/B 1:00.32/T2 2:56/R 35:18 )

Ironman World Championship 12/10/13
11th M40 9:19:58 (S 53:33/T1 02:23/B 4:53:04/T2 03:20/R 3:27:38 )
_____My results from 2012____
Serp NYD 10k 01/01/12- 15th 36:09
Met XC League Trent Park 4.75 mile XC 14/01/12 60th of 335 27:44

Southern England XC Champs Brighton 28/01/12169th of 745 (20th vet) - 58:34 - 15k

Met XC League Perivale 5.66 mile XC 11/02/12
46th of 267 31:31

Roding Valley Half 26/02/12
7th of 910 75:51

Abu Dhabi Long Distance 03/03/12

Bath Half 11/03/12
111th 79:58

Brentwood Half 25/03/12
10th 75:49

USN Sprint Duathlon 01/04/12
5K/20K/5k - 1st 1:07:24 (Run 1 17:47/T1 0:28/Bike 30:37/T2 0:29/Run 2 18:03)

FulonTri Duathlon 14/04/12
6K/18K/6k - 4th 1:14:01 (Run 1 21:47/T1 0:29/Bike 30:18/T2 0:37/Run 2 20:49)

ETU European Champs 20/04/12
1st M40-44 1:59:47

Volcano Olympic 28/04/12
5th 2:04:40

GB Masters Champs Sheffield 50m pool 04/05/12

1500m - 2nd in 40-44 AG 18:50:79

ECCA 10m TT E2/10 05/05/12 38.01 (20:51 but late start penalty)Last Very Happy

Norland 30m TT F1/30 06/05/12 1:05.03 3rd

ECCA 10m TT E91/10 07/05/12 22:08 3rd

Norland 50m TT F1/50 13/05/12 1:49.54 3rd

Ironman Lanzarote 19/05/12
9th M40 10:09:30 (S 50:31/T1 03:47/B 5:30:09/T2 06:10/R 3:38:54)

Herts 30m TT F1/30 27/05/12 1:03.15 2nd

Finsbury Park 50m TT F1/50 10/06/12 1:48:20 4th

Icknield 25m TT F1/25 01/07/12 55:01 5th

Challenge Roth 08/07/12
1st M40 9:03:21 (S 47:45/T1 02:22/B 5:02:40/T2 01:48/R 3:08:48 )

API 25m TT E2/25 14/07/12 50:35 10th

SwimFest 10k swim 15/07/12 2:21:14 5th

Shaftesbury CC 50m TT E2/50 21/07/12 1:46:41 18th

ITU LD World Champs Vitoria Gasteiz 29/07/12
2nd M40 6:18:36 (S 55:43/T1 02:40/B 3:05:25/T2 1:33/R 2:13:18 )

FPCC 25m TT F1/25 05/08/12 55:12 14th

Votwo Silverstone Duathlon 07/08/12
3K/18K/3k - 3rd 51:04 (Run 1 11:05/T1 0:16/Bike 28:16/T2 0:15/Run 2 11:12)

Irish MD Champs Half Ireman 19/08/12
2nd 4:29:21

Wicklow Aquathlon 22/08/12
3rd 28:22

Ironman 70.3 World Champs Las Vegas 09/09/12
40th M40 5:04:55(26:36/3:41/2:41:25/2:43/1:50:30)

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 23/09/12
1.5k/80k/10k - 2nd 3:08:56 (S 20:37/T1 3:28/B 2:02:37/T2 1:58/R 40:18 )

Votwo 3.8k Swim Dorney 30/09/12
48:32 3rd

Ironman World Championship 13/10/12
62nd M40 10:09:27 (S 54:36/T1 02:37/B 5:27:20/T2 05:21/R 3:39:27)
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