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28/06 - Wimbleball 70.3
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27/04 - Joey Hannan
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01/09 - ITU Edmonton
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02/03 - Abu Dhabi LD
19/05 - Barcelona Half
26/05 - Lough Cutra
15/06 - South Cerney
07/07 - IM Frankfurt
28/07 - London Triathlon
11/08 - Wiesbaden 70.3
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Some thoughts post Wimbleball & Outlaw
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A new chapter
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Ironman 70.3 Championnat Du Monde - Mont Tremblant 07/09/14
ITU World Age Group Championships Edmonton 01/09/14
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A new chapter
Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:59 pm savaloy
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I consider I've always had a good sense of knowing when it was time to change direction in terms of life choices. Looking back I can track distinct moments in time when I've decided to pursue new goals and move away from things that hitherto had occupied my time.

Over the last 7 years a significant focus has been achieving triathlon success at age group/amateur level. In many ways it has been a selfish pursuit, although I believe that the underlying reason for chasing my triathlon goals was a sound one. However, I now believe that the reason for pursuing those personal sporting goals can be fulfilled without concerning myself with times or podium success. That being the case, my main focus for 2015 will be exercising and/or racing to an extent that is compatible with being part of the kids' development. As I don't believe that the amount of training I want to commit to going forward is sufficient to justify the considerable investment given by Team Freespeed and their sponsors, I will no longer be part of the team going forward. I hope that this will afford the opportunity for someone to be part of what is in my view the best amateur triathlon team out there. There is no doubt in my mind that the three years that I have been on the team have been the most enjoyable of my triathlon career and I have nothing but gratitude to Richard, the team sponsors and teammates for the opportunities and support I've been given. Thank you.

Having discussed things with Helen and the kids, it is clear that they enjoy the fact that I swim, bike and run and they want me to continue. They (as do I) also want me to be involved with them swimming, biking, running (exercising) and being around more instead of travelling abroad to races and training camps etc. without them. In that vein, my triathlon plans for 2015 will be to complete, as distinct from compete, Wimbleball 70.3 at the end of June, the Outlaw at the end of July and Challenge Weymouth in mid September. Although that may appear incompatible with what I've said, the fact is that without a "race" to train for, it will be all to easy not to train. Therefore these race entries will provide the motivation for me to do sufficient training to cover the distances without too much pain, keep me fit and stop me working too many hours.

In terms of the kids' development, despite my (joking) attempts to discourage them from pursuing swimming as a sport (having witnessed the stupid amount of training that is required), they've all, in varying degrees, expressed a desire to develop their swimming. The boys have also shown a genuine interest and aptitude for road cycling. As it's somewhat inevitable that I'll be spending an increasing amount of time in and around swimming pools whilst they're training/competing etc, I've now committed to renewing and developing my swim coaching qualifications and have started in a support coach role with the kids' swim club. I'm also committed to helping the boys with the road cycling. As part of that, this year will see the majority of training that I do do being focused on the bike and supplementing time trialling with some bike racing. I'll fill you in more on that score in due course....
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Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:38 pm iainm
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Interesting read Matt. You've had a huge amount of success as a triathlete and who knows how it will go this summer without the higher expectations. enjoy your time with the family.
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Chapeau! Good call mate, you've had a great 'career'. The kids are coming on strong so you will have plenty to appreciate there....
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The kids have got a great role model. They seem to be heading to be good competitors. You have had a great many years for yourself and I'm sure you will enjoy the role of supporting Dad in their achievements.
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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
(51:34/2:17/5:17.11/4:18/3:52.33)

Thames Turbo Sprint 31/08/15
7th 1:02.30
(5:53/0:49/35.89/0:55/18.53)

Challenge Weymouth 13/09/15
5th M45 10:07.40
(55:28/3:53/5:21.23/4:23/3:42.34)
My Results from 2014
 
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 15/03/14
DNF
(39:24/4:20/5:35:02/DNF)

Ironman South Africa 06/04/14
16th M45 11:02.34
(50:54/3:13/5:54.06/6:36/4:07.35)

Joey Hannon 27/04/14
3rd 1:57:08
(20:31/1:20/57:20/1:42/36.13)

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
(18:52/0:51/1:08.43/0:41/37:54)

Hillingdon Sprint 20/07/14
1st 1:14.18
(9:57/24:41/39:40)

Bedford Classic 27/07/14
4th 2:11:40
(19:30/0:41/1:09.24/0:35/41:33)

London Triathlon Olympic Plus 03/08/14
3rd 2:59:41
(19:32/3:01/2:00:21/2:32/34:26)

Monster Middle 17/08/14
2nd 3:59.31
(26:13/2.12/2:06.36/1.11/1:23:21)

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
(24:50/4:06/2:19:23/2:19/1:27.35)

Ironman Barcelona 05/10/14
3rd M45 9:05:59
(49.21/2:42/4:50:44/1:08/3:22:04)
_____My results from 2013____
 
Abu Dhabi Long Distance 02/03/13
1st M40 7:29.03
(38:20/3:48/5:18:54/4:55/1:23.09)

ETU Middle Distance Champs (Barcelona) 19/05/13
6th M40-44 4:55:48
(27:31/2:09/2:50.45/1:04/1:34.19)

Lough Cutra Olympic 26/05/13
3rd 2:12:38
(21:27/0:50/1:11.18/0:48/28.13)

Hever Castle Evening Sprint 12/06/13
1st 1:12.36
(12:30/0:54/38:13/0:47/20:09)

South Cerney Olympic 15/06/13
2nd 2:08:08
(20:10/1:03/66:49/1:24/38:36)

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
(08:40/15:32)

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
(12:59/1:06/16:57)

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
DNF Sad

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
(20:22/2:52/59:26/1:30/35:37)

Volcano Olympic 28/04/12
5th 2:04:40
(19:32/2:14/65:39/1:03/36:13)


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
(24:25/01:51/2:31:03/1:10/1:32:44)

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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