The racing season has started!

Since my last training update in April I have completed my first two races of the season.  The first race was a pre season race at Hampton pool to blow the race cobwebs off  (400m pool swim , 20km bike and 5k run). My swim was good and I was the first out onto the bike route, unfortunately I had arrived at one of the roundabouts before a marshall had been placed so I went off-route for several kilometres! The event became more of a training exercise after that, while it was a little frustrating it was definitely still worthwhile.

My next race was the 2020 ITU World British Triathlon age-group qualifier at Grafham Water (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10k run). The minimum temperature to race in open water is 11 degrees (with a wetsuit) and the lake was at this temperature, so British Triathlon reduced the swim to 1000m - but my word was it cold!! The bike and run were similarly cold and effected my performance, but I wanted to finish as you never know where you may position. It was a nice surprise to be told I managed to achieve qualification for the World Triathlon Championships in 2020 at standard distance. I have my next race in Wales later in May, I just hope I have warmer conditions!

To donate to EACH please see a link to my Just Giving page here or alternatively contact me at jlc@martin-redmanpartners.co.uk 

Early Spring Training

So here we go, the first update on my training so far.  I have had a great winter training period to date which started back in December after an end of season break.  I have also stayed injury free (which was my one of my main goals as having picked up a calf injury last year) so with regular strength and conditioning exercises and sports massages my body is in a much stronger place than last year.  Training on all three disciplines has been pleasing with improvements all round compared to last season, there is still a lot more hard work to be done, but I am looking forward to my first race in May to see where I am at performance-wise.   To end a positive note I had a young gentleman who asked me at the local pool this week how they can get into triathlon which is great to hear and get more people involved in Triathlon and for those reading this and thinking the same take a look at the Go Tri website (remember Triathlon is for all ages as there is an 85-89 age category!). 

 To donate please see a link to my Just Giving page here or alternatively contact me at jlc@martin-redmanpartners.co.uk 

Why Triathlon?

I got into Triathlon two years ago after entering an event, just to see what a triathlon race was like. I had no expectations of how I’d feel during the swim, bike and run, but I had no idea I would enjoy it so much. As I crossed the finish line I decided there and then that I would train for another event. Fast forward to two years later, and I have qualified to represent Great Britain in my age group! Triathlon training does require determination - there are three disciplines to train for whilst having to fit around my role as an IFA. The training certainly helps with clearing my head away from work matters at the end of the day and helps kick start the working day if I’m doing an early morning session.

 If you’d like to sponsor me at the World Triathlon Championships in August 2019 (with all proceeds going to my chosen charity EACH) please see a link to my Just Giving page here or alternatively contact me at jlc@martin-redmanpartners.co.uk