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200m 3:02 (04/04/12)
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1000m 16:23 (12/02/14) (first 1k of 1500)
1500m 24:51.8 (27/03/13) OW - 23:43 - 2010
1900m 33:58 (09/09/10)
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Golf - 70 (39s / 31st) (**/08/15)
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CSS fastest splits - 6:18 / 3:03 = 1:38 (22/01/13)

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100IM 1:50
50 fly 48

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40km 1:02:35 (22/06/14)
90km 2:46:20 (18/08/12)

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10km 45:41
Half mara 1:46:44 (24/02/13) (Tunbridge Wells)
Marathon 4:09:11 (13/04/14) (VMLM)
30min TM - 6120m
5km TM 22:50 (25/04/12)

Tri's
(400/20/5) 1:11:33(Eton SS 2009)
Sprint 1:34:55(Blenheim 2008, only standard distance sprint!)
7oaks 1:48:14 (27/04/14)
Tonbridge 1:23:28 (May 2012)
Oly 2:18:31 (Dartford 2014)
70.3 5:34:55 (Midnightman 2012)
Iron 14:21:58 (Forestman 2011)
Me
 
In 2002 i ruptured my ACL and MCL playing football and was told i would not be having an op on the NHS and could never play again (along with many other things!)... After doing some freeride / downhill MTB'ing for a couple of years, I starting to swim again in August 07 and thought, i cycle, i swim...all i need to do is run a little..how about earning a little money for charity and sign up for the London Oly! I went on to enjoy my first season in tri so much I have done a 2nd, gone sub 2:30 for an Olympic distance got round an ironman and am still going!
When not training I can be seen at the Boleyn Ground being a long suffering season ticket holder at the 1966 World cup winners West Ham Rolling Eyes
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Midnightman Half - 18-19 August
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:55 pm hammerer
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What a strange build up to a race, I ate a nice breakfast, a leisurely lunch, but the temperatures were rocketing. I wasnít sure how to approach a 6pm race start so ate normally and prayed.

I arrived at the race around 4 and transition was like another without all the bags and issues associated with other long and middle distance races Iíve done. I set up attended the briefing, come back, messed around a little and waited as long as possible to get the wetsuit on in sweltering temperatures. We got into the lake about 5:50 and it was warm. Iím sure they measured the 24degree temps at the deepest coldest part but in my mind it should have been non wetsuit, something that would have suited me better. It wasnít and it was warm.
After what seemed like an eternity the claxon went ff and we were off. I settled just behind the front pack with full and halferís all going together we had different coloured caps to differentiate us. The course was like an M shape so lots of turns to contend with but there was no biff at all. I held the front pack apart from one guy who shot off. It was halfway round this lap that I turned one buoy into sunlight and mustíve gone slightly off course as somehow I lost my feet and ended up in no manís land. I sorted myself out but it meant that the group i was following whoíd pulled away, so I just settled into a steady rhythm and swam. It was very uneventful and I got caught by the second pack and sat in there for a while. I felt the onset of cramp around 200m before the end but luckily it didnít get hold of me fully. I came out of the swim and up the ramp into transition and was a tad disappointed with a 36:31 swim but I later found out that the leader went 29 and pack one only exited around 33 with my group around 35/36. It seemed the turns made it slow and maybe the course was a tad long as someoneís Garmin measured it at just over 2k! Not such a bad swim after all, but I didnít know this at the time.

After a speedy transition, where I put socks on, I was out in 2:30 ready for the 9 lap bike. I knew the course should be fast but 2 dead turns and a double back round a smallish roundabout couple with a section of chicanes and speed humps meant it potentially could be tiring and not as fast as a drag strip should be. In my mind I wanted a good sub 3hr bike and knew I could keep the 10k laps down below 20mins Iíd be fine. The nutrition plan was the same as any mid-long for me gel, gel, half a bar on the 20mins and 750ml of go every hour or so. After the first lap I was hungry and the gel didnít help so I was on the bars straight away, after lap two also well under 20mins I did the same. After lap 3 and going strong I had a gel but was still hungry and I ended up mainly eating bars for the whole ride. This kept me strong throughout and I was riding well. Plenty of energy, good legs and was in the top 10 I believed. Lap after lap passed without incident until lap 7 where I slowed a little and started to get a couple of mind games. Nothing major but the back was starting to ache a little due to the whole ride being down on the bars with no real respite, oh and the hunger. I hadnít taken into account that i was racing through my tea time! Bars helped but in hindsight I think I could have done with some proper food out there. A cheese/jam sandwich or something similar would have gone down well! On the 8th lap the night had drawn in and it was getting dark but I was having a blast.

After 9 laps I pulled into transition after 2:46:20 riding time and ready for a run. I exited transition for what was a complicated run route. Some guys had problems but I didnít. It was essentially a small loop up and around back past transition to a turn, then back retracing steps but as you come back to get towards transition in reverse you head off on another loop below and round the lake before coming back into transition for end of lap 1. We had 3 laps to do. 7k each!
I set off and was running well, the Garmin had me running the first mile in 8:30 pace, when I was hoping for a sub 2hr run and 9:05min/miles average. I was only a mile in when disaster struck. My stomach started cramping. I tried to run through but slowed to a walk to get the heart rate down. The pain would drop I would run a few paces for the same thing to happen again. For 3 miles I had this jog cramp walk repeat. I was averaging over 12min miles and not only was the 5:30 target disappearing, the midnight finish wouldnít be on at this rate. Between mile 4 and 5 things started to pick up and I was again running pain free. My legs felt excellent as they had all evening and I was in my stride. I completed lap 2 and knew I was well on for a sub 5:45 time and before midnight finish, if I kept this up. The last lap started fine but after about 10miles the fact I hadnít eaten or drunk for the entire run was beginning to take its toll. My pace was dropping below 10min miles and again I was getting worried. As I headed down below the lake with a mile or so to go, I was caught by Essex Tri girl who LifeofRiley had introduced us to pre race. It really kicked my butt, and with 2 runners in front clearly struggling I decided I was in a race. I did a Kenyanesque pace surge, to try and break her as sheíd obviously worked hard to catch me, but she held on, so I dropped pace and sat in behind. We caught the other two and at that point I surged again, but this time I held the pace. I was now at 8:30 min/miles again! She held on....so I waited a bit to go even harder and this time she didnít follow, I rounded the finishing straight but could still see her about 10 yards behind but she still tried to hold me. If I backed off sheíd catch me again so I pushed through and somehow broke the line in 5:34:55 just 4 seconds in front. As I crossed the line I celebrated with a mobot! Run was 2:08:xx ( T2 and run together work out 2:09:33 but timing issues meant they are both together now) in the end.
In summary I was disappointed with my swim at the time but now looking back am quite pleased especially as it was my first wetsuit swim of the year Shocked Iím pleased with my strong bike leg, especially with the lack of miles due to the crash. Iím also pleased with my run legs, and if it hadnít been for the GI issues I may have got the sub 2hrs and even a half mara P.B. off the back of that. Iím also pleased with how I pushed through and kept going as going past transition 3 times a lap with GI issues makes it very easy to quit! But most of all Iím pleased I actually was in a proper race for the last mile and how I handled it tactically, which is new for me as Iím always racing myself usually. Oh and just to add itís a 25minute P.B. over the middle distance . I have learnt some valuable nutrition lessons if I ever race later again and also found some new limits so all in all a good nightís work.

Finally thanks to John and his team for putting on a fabulous race, the supporters at the bike turn and run course that were there all night for the full men as well the athletes who were there who were some of the friendliest I have encountered in the sport and made this event extra special. It was a real ďnuttersĒ convention and a feeling of all nutters together! I really hope that John has a change of heart and decides to run the full again next year so I can actually have a crack at it. If not and he runs the half only, the evening, lapped format is brilliant for a half distance and heaps of fun.
Splits
Swim 36:31
T1 2:30
Bike 2:46:20
T2 + Run 2:09:33 ( run around 2:08 )
Total 5:34:55

Current position 35th but a lot of ďunbelievableĒ run times (sub hr halfs Laughing )
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Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:23 pm KP nut
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Sounds like a great race! A 25 minute PB is amazing Cool Well done!!
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