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200m 3:02 (04/04/12)
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1900m 33:58 (09/09/10)
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Golf - 70 (39s / 31st) (**/08/15)
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50 fly 48

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10km 45:41
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Marathon 4:09:11 (13/04/14) (VMLM)
30min TM - 6120m
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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)
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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 27/28th July 2013
Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:21 am hammerer
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A very early wake up call at 5:30 certainly wasnít needed on Saturday morning but those are the breaks you get with being a parent! I ate normally throughout the day with porridge for breakfast and a pizza for lunch. I drank some High5 on the way to the venue. I certainly wasnít going to be hungry at 8oclcok like last year as Iíd made two cheese bagels to help me on the bike rather than relying on sickly bars and gels. At the briefing we were told that the half and full would be wetsuit legal but the quarter distance wasnít so although this would mean a faster swim for some, I was disappointed due to my wetsuit no longer fitting well, leaking and the fact being a better than average swimmer it would have been to my advantage. After a delayed start due to the traffic issues, we were finally set on our way at 6:15. I lined up at the front and immediately found some halfers feet and settled in nicely. A couple shot off but there was a nice little group, and although it was a tad slower than I could have gone, it was easy and comfortable so I enjoyed the ride. 2 laps were soon up and I was left in no mans land all alone and no one to follow. A quick glance at my watch and it said 33mins and change so not too bad. At the start of the next lap I cramped badly. The water was too warm for wetsuits and the heat was getting to me, but I pushed on. I was now finding it tougher to sight also as I was having goggle troubles and there was just no one around. I did catch a group half way around, but was lapping them, including a couple of halfers. Towards the end of the 4th lap I caught another guy and settled in as there was only a 100 m or so to go and I exited the lake and looked at my watch 1:10...disappointing, a 37min second half is very poor, considering the first half, but there was no draft and I just settled into a rhythm so could easily have slowed a small amount without realising. I entered transition where Coach W was waiting and told me Iíd swim well, so maybe the swim was long or the multiple turns a lap slows you down a lot. Either way better than expected as looking at the results first swum 52, 2nd 57 , both a little dubious then 2 swimmers went 1:05 and me and the guy I caught 1:10 in 5th so not too shabby.
The rain was now coming down and as I was about to exit Jim asked if i had any warm clothes what with me still being in tri top! I said its warm but wet so Iíll be fine but I have jersey and race cape in my special needs bag which you can access every 9k lap. I set off and very nearly crashed on the first bend, carbon braking surfaces arenít great in the wet. So I then knew my limit and took it easy approaching every one of the dead turns, 4 of them with two very sharp 90 degree ones as well, it was a tougher course than people may think, especially in these conditions. You really needed to focus
By the end of the first lap, in 18odd minutes so around 6hr pace, the rain was torrential. I was starting to get cold but pushed on think it will ease, but it didnít, it got worse. At the end of lap two, now shivering I stopped at aid took off my tri top dried, put winter tritons jersey on and race cape and went off feeling much better. I actually enjoyed the next couple of laps, but average had dropped to 20minurtes due to the stop and the fact the conditions meant I was going far too slowly at every turn. The amount of punctures I was now seeing was getting ridiculous now though with bikes scattered everywhere. Thank God I ride tubs I thought. On my 5th lap I spent a lap riding with an American whoíd flown over just for this race and we rode together, probably not strictly legal, but we were safe and I think in these conditions no one was going to say much, and we wasnít the only ones. Its a good way to pass time and not think about how cold and wet you are Wink He was riding in a discovery channel yellow jersey and I commented that he must be on drugs also to come and race overnight on multiple laps in Dartford. He thought it sounded like an awesome challenge and was tempted by it. I must say his P5 with Zipp wheels were far better than he could handle as he nearly took me out on one corner but hey, I shouldnít have been there Wink I was pushed into a dirty part of the road though, and maybe this would leave me like the mass of others at the side of the road!

We were riding too slowly for me and I was starting to get cold so when he stopped at aid the next lap I pushed on but was now starting to question what I was doing. We all have mental battles, more so at Iron Distance, but at Forestman I had a smile all day and mentally was never in this bad a place, physically yes, but not mentally. I felt fine though was riding ok, had bags of energy but just didnít want to be there.
I got caught by Simon on lap 8 and rode about a lap with him. He really helped and I made a decision to ride to 10 and reassess. Simon moved on and I carried on, and at the end of lap 10 I stopped at aid and climbed off my bike. They thought I was quitting and immediately someone said, if we have to stand here all night in this you have to keep going. I wasnít stopping though, I needed a stretch and jsut to get off the bike . I got back on and felt better and moved on. At the next dead turn I noticed Richard about 200yds back so slowed and waiting. We chatted and he was in a bad place as well so we agreed to ride until 15 laps together and decide, we both just wanted to get off the bikes and run and we knew at 15 laps, 5 laps to go , you wont quit. Well two laps passed and we were happy, and I even commented Im feeling quite good now. As we rounded the 90 degree tight turn to go on the second half of the lap section. I heard a hiss and we both stopped. I bent down looked at my tub and said sorry race over! After 12 laps and 65miles I was out. I did stop and think twice about changing it, yes I had a spare pre taped tub, but with no real bind and conditions like that and such a twisty course there was no way it would stay on. In hindsight a guy from Tritalk said he changed his tub, same as me and on the first bend it rolled off and he crashed heavily, so maybe the correct decision after all. For the first time in my life I quit on a race. To say itís hard to live with at the moment would be an understatement. I want them to run it again this week so i can go back, but themís the breaks. I wasnít the only one though with over half the full distance athletes failing to finish the bike leg! Most of them were due to punctures.

On reflection, the early start probably had more an effect on my head than I realised at the time. I had a good swim and bike was going OK. Learnt a bit about night time nutrition as I was never hungry and I definitely learnt a bit more about the mental game. I also learnt that next year I will take some training wheels and leave them in T1 just in case and if the weather looks half as bad, maybe start with them.
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Was that the Saturday of the HUGE storm??? Insane conditions. Bad luck about having to DNF. It sounds like the course/weather/luck were all just against you. Sad
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Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:06 pm Poet
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I've had that "Why am I here? What am I doing?" feeling more than once.
Did you just want to be at home with the family, really?

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2018 schedule
 
4th March - The Big Half Report
2015 Schedule
 
15/16th Aug Midnightman Report
2014 Schedule
 
2nd Mar - Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon Report

13th Apr - VMLM Report

27th Apr - 7oaks tri Report

22nd Jun - Bridge Tri Report

13th July - The Bastion Report

Championship XC

25th Jan - Southern XC Champs Report
2013 Schedule
 
24th Feb - Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon Report
21st Apr - VLM
28th Apr - 7oaks Tri
23rd Jun - Bridge Tri Report
14th Jul - Cowman
21st Jul - National Lottery Run Report
27/28th Jul - Midnightman Report
22nd Sep - Tonbridge Half Mara Report

Championship XC

5th Jan - KCAA XC Champs Report
2012 Schedule
 
7th May - Tonbridge sprint
Report
17th Aug - Half Midnightman Report
23rd Sep - Tonbridge Half Marathon Report

Kent XC League

8th Oct - Race 1 - New Barn Park - Report

27th Oct - Race 2 - Tonbridge - Report

1st Dec - Race 4 - Danson Park -
Report

Championship XC

7th Jan KCAA XC Champs - Report

17th Nov London XC Champs - Parliament hill Report
2011 Schedule
 
29th Jan - SEAA XC Champs (15km) - Report
20th Feb Kentish Killer sportive 73miles - DNS
27th Feb Tunbridge wells half mara - DNS
10th Apr 7oaks tri - Report
17th Apr VLM Report
2nd May Tonbridge Sprint Report
26th Jun Forestman Report
7th Aug Hyde Park Oly Report
25th Sep Tonbridge Half Mara report

Kent XC league

8th October Race 1 - New Barn Park -report
29th October Race 2 - Tonbridge -report
2010 Schedule
 
21st Mar - Reading 1/2 mara - DNS
18th Apr - 7oaks sprint - Report
30th May - Austria 70.3 - Report
13th Jun - Windsor Oly - Report
27th Jun - Dartford Bridge Oly - Report
8th Aug - London Oly - DNS
26th Sep - Run to the beat 1/2 mara Report

Kent XC league

9th Oct - Round 1 West Wickham Report

23rd Oct - Round 2 Tonbridge Report
2009 Schedule
 
19 Apr - 7oaks - Report
17 May - Eton - Report
7 Jun - Blenheim - DNS
14 Jun - Windsor - Report
2 Aug - London - Report
16 Aug - Dextro Energy Tri -Report
20 Sep - 7Oaks - Report
2008 Schedule
 
18th May - Eton Sprint
Report

8th June - Blenheim Sprint
Report

20th July - Bananaman 3/4
Report

10th August - London Olympic
Report

14th September - Orca Classic Tri
Report

5th October - London HM
21km run - DNS Mad





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