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10km 45:41
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30min TM - 6120m
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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 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 - 15/16th August 2015
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:07 am hammerer
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2.4miles of swimming, 112miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of running is tough, and doing it overnight around a grotty trading estate in Dartford just adds to that, but there was a pressure to succeed. I had DNF’d my last 2 Iron Distance races and I couldn’t make it 3 on the trot. I was severely under trained and was lucky if I’d managed 5hours average training a week this year. I had swam and run very little, 70km of swim and about 350km of run and all but about 200km of my 2100km of cycling had been on my fixie or in circles at the velodrome. A lot of high intensity efforts but very little distance. I did get one 70mile ride in and one of about 50 though. What could possibly go wrong? I was in a good place though, I ate well and felt good arriving at the venue. I’d taken time pressures off and thought I’d just have a nice leisurely swim in the sun, enjoy the bike at about 20min laps for a 6:40 and see what I had left for the run. In the water I positioned myself further back than usual due to the quarter and half distance as well as the aquabikers, but this proved a bit of a mistake as I ended up having to pass many, especially those who always go off way too quickly. I enjoyed the swim, first lap went well in 16:30, then went through half way in 33minutes odd. Problem was I then decided to bring up my lunch into the lake. Oh well!. After two laps the swim was lonely and I cruised into the end. When I went to climb out I immediately cramped in my right calf though and fell back into the lake! Pretty funny but meant I ended up sitting on the ledge for 2 minutes trying to stretch it out as I couldn’t stand! No harm done and crossed the mat in 1:11. Very slow for me, but was nearer 1:09 really. In hindsight I got the 4th fastest swim of the day so mildly pleased and it looks that many Garmins marked the swim at over 4.2km with my friends at 4.35! This would fit with the kind of shape I’m in and the pacing I used. Also one of the canoeists commented that a buoy had drifted quite a bit during the day and with 4 laps and 2 buoys being double back turns then it wouldn’t take much to increase the distance significantly. A steady T1 of 5mins putting on calf guards that id deliberately left off for the swim as I’d cramped the last 2 times I wore them Laughing, and changing my tri top for a bike jersey due to the air temp being a little chilly meant Id also managed to get over the cramp, although I could feel a small knot still there. I jumped on the bike and set off first the first of 20 x 9km laps! There was a bit of wind on course but the first 2 laps I really soft pedaled and sat up a lot on my bars just taking it easy. I tried to get some food in me but my stomach wasn’t happy so I held back. I was managing to drink the very weak High5 on offer though so this helped. 20min laps were ticking off nicely but on my 7th lap my saddle came loose and I had to stop. The faff of removing my saddle bag and putting it all back cost close to 10minutes but it didn’t affect me at that point too much. On lap 8 I stopped for arm warmers as it was getting colder and then lap 9 another stop for a rubbing brake cost me a bit more time. This also meant I got colder still and at the end of lap 10 I was low and cold so stopped, put on a winter jersey over the summer one and arm warmers and set off. I was pretty happy again though and the next laps ticked off and at lap 15 I stopped for a bagel, ate that and settled in for the last 28miles. I didn’t really notice at the time but my pace dropped off loads at this point and cost me quite a bit of time, probably due to the toilet stops, but I was still smiling, happy and most importantly feeling reasonably good. I rolled into T2 at about 3am and John was there to welcome me in saying you have 8hrs to finish the run. You can walk it now Laughing I did comment I would probably have to but I went through T2 conservatively and set off on lap 1 of 8. The course is quite good considering its around a trading estate. A small run to a junction then an out and back for a mile each way and then a little loop around the lake. This meant there was a lot of chance to see the limited number of people. Lap one flew by with the 3.25miles passing in 36 odd minutes. Not bad but I knew I wasn’t going to keep this pace up. The aid station was next to the finish line at the end of each lap and I tapped laps 2 and 3 off with just coke and fizzy cola bottles as they went well, but my stomach wasn’t happy. I focused on keeping the heart rate down and continuing my 9/1 run walk although I changed this to walk a certain 2 sections and run the rest. I was slowing though was keeping times to around the 40minute mark. Lap 4 was awful. I thought I was going to die at some points and needed to walk more to stop my stomach reacting than anything. At the end of lap 4 I ended up in an extended visit to the porta potty where I thought I was going to fall asleep! Lap 5 I spent much of yawning but was feeling a bit better but the lack of energy was starting to concern me so at the start of lap 6 I consciously decided to walk for 10mins, fast, whilst eating anything I could. This was nuts, chocolate, fizzy sweets and 2 big cups of coke. Although it made me feel terrible I could still walk 14min / miles and my body was slowly digesting the food and I was getting better! When the sun came up I instantly felt alive again, and the final two laps, although they hurt, were far more pleasant. I eventually rounded the housing estate one more time and ran for the line where John greeted me in 14:38:23 and a big smile! I had banished the Midnightman demons in a pathetic time, but seriously I didn’t care. I got home in one piece and had the medal for El Niño! The highlight of my morning was when I got home and he said "Daddy, you did an Ironman triathlon all night" and seemed so proud! “I want to be an Ironkid” he said so I gave him my medal which he wore all day whilst running in the garden and riding his bike. If I take anything from what I do that isn't selfish its that I hope he realises that sport is enjoyable for all, regardless of ability and that all you have to do is try hard and listen to what you’re told! Swim 1:11:41 T1 5:53 Bike 7:41:06 T2 5:22 Run 5:34:21 Total 14:38:23

Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:44 pm DaveMcD
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Well done young man.... Not sue I could handle a loop course like that...

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
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 -

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

8th June - Blenheim Sprint

20th July - Bananaman 3/4

10th August - London Olympic

14th September - Orca Classic Tri

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

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