February has been another frustrating month and recovery is slow but the good news is that I am now walking again without crutches. However I did manage to marshal at DB MAX Chilly duathlon which was fascinating as I was given the chance to see a race from the organisers point of view.
I have spent this month getting my bike race ready and although I will not be able to ride it until late April, I will be more than eager to ride it hard and fast. I am also looking forward to getting my Nopinz FTP Team racing kit as well as some new kit from Tenola.
Unfortunately, the list of races which I will have to cancel and miss includes; European Duathlon Champs, British Duathlon Champs, National Triathlon Performance Assessment and the Easter Classic road race. So due to the events of the last two months, I have had to reassess my season and reset my goals dramatically and as everyone is saying, I will come back stronger than ever and I sincerely hope this is true.
Thank you to everyone involved in my rehab and to everyone who is helping me through this extremely tough and frustrating time.
January and the first month of the new decade hasn't gone entirely to plan. The month started quite well with a 10 mile TT around Castle Combe but then two weeks into the month, I slipped over whilst out cross country running and ended up in A&E having my knee stitched back together in two places.
My recovery has been slower than hoped and we do not know when I will be able to return to racing and training. However, recently I have seen improvements and have been able to put pressure on my leg and walk with the assistance of crutches which is positive. It has been very frustrating as there is only one month until the European Age Group Duathlon Champs and only two months until the National Triathlon Series Performance Assessments. I'm doing everything I can to speed up recovery and hope to be back training ASAP.
On a very positive note, I am extremely happy to say I'll be racing for FTP Racing in all my cycling races this year, and I cant wait to race alongside some very fast athletes. I'm also looking forward to my next delivery of Tenola kit which should arrive very soon!
January has been a very tough month and I'd like to thank my family for helping me through this and also Pedal Potential and Tenola.
Roll on February!
December 2019 and Annual Update
December has been a pretty frustrating month for me in terms of training - I lost a week or so due to illness but I have enjoyed the holidays with my family and I am ready to begin a big block of training throughout January and 2020!
Reflecting back on 2019 it has been an amazing year. Highlights of the year have to be racing for GBR Age Group Team at the European Duathlon Championships in Romania. Another highlight also has to be staying with fellow athlete and friend James Fletcher where we had a good few days of training together on the Isle Of Wight. I also had an amazing time racing in duathlons, triathlons, road cycling races and TTs as well as a family holiday to France where the cycling was incredible.
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential, Tenola, my family and everyone else who has made 2019 so great. I'm looking forward to 2020 and another great year and race season
November 2019 Update
I competed at Castle Combe chilly duathlon where I managed to achieve 4th overall against a strong field of adults. I found the first run a little tougher than usual but I felt strong on the bike. However, during the bike leg, there was a major incident leading to the race being stopped. I had already dismounted my bike by this point so my race wasn't affected. I then had a strong run off the bike and I'm pleased with how my running off the bike is coming along. DB Max and the event marshals were amazing in the professional way that this incident was dealt with.
During this winter season, I have been concentrating on my swimming technique and stamina and I am looking forward to the longer swim legs in next year's events.
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential, Tenola and my family for their continued support.
October 2019 Update
Boardman Performance Centre held an open day throughout October and I managed to attend. We listened to talks about aerodynamics and positioning on the bike and even got to go in the wind tunnel, not with our bikes unfortunetly though! I also got to listen to a talk by Chris Boardman and managed to meet him and discuss his achievements.
Winter training is now well and truly underway and I can't wait until next season.
Thank you once again for the support this previous season from Pedal Potential, Tenola, Sundried and my family.
September 2019 Update
During September, I competed at the Season Finale triathlon, attempted to gain a place on the regional triathlon academy and took a little bit of an end of season break.
I finished the triathlon season with a race at one of my favourite race venues, Dorney Lakes. I felt good in the 800m swim and had a good T1. I then had a pb bike split where I took about 2:30 minutes off the 20km bike split as opposed to when I did it in May. I was also pleased with my run split. It was a very good way to end the season and I was really pleased with my split times and happy to grab 1st overall.
One week later, I travelled to Bath University for the South West Academy trials where I was tested on a 200m swim TT and a 1500m run TT. This was quite frustrating for me knowing that I would not be tested on my strongest discipline (bike). Unfortunately, I did not gain a place on the academy as my swim wasn't quite up to their standard.
However, I am ready to have the best winter's training ever and prepare for the National Triathlon Performance Assessment Weekend about 6 months from now.
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential, Tenola, Sundried and my family for all their support this season.
August 2019 Update
August has also been a very quiet month for me in terms of competitions. I haven't had any races so I've just been training in preparation for the Regional Triathlon Academy Trials this coming month.
I managed to travel to the Isle Of Wight for a few days, where I stayed with a friend and fellow triathlete James Fletcher. We managed to get a solid couple of days training done together as well as exploring the Isle Of Wight and its beautiful scenery on a long ride. We also did an open water swim session in the sea as well as a little bit of a brick session.
I also enjoyed riding up the Tumble and doing some riding with Paul in some lovely welsh hills as well as Sunday group rides. I have had a big month of Swimming training preparing me for the trials next month.
I'd like to thank my family and Pedal Potential for continuing to support me.
July 2019 Update
In July, I have had no races except from a small local cycle race on a Thursday night which was about gaining experience. Apart from that, I have just been training and enjoying the sport. I have been lucky enough to go to France with my family for two weeks where I have been enjoying the french countryside whilst going out on rides and having a rest from any structured training. I have loved the french weather and landscapes as well as a little rest from structured training. I am now focused and rested, ready to get a very good block of training in over the next 5 weeks. I don't currently have any races booked in August, so my next target is the South West Triathlon academy Trials in September as well as a sprint triathlon in one of my favourite race venues to round off the triathlon season before winter training begins.
I'd like to thank my family alongside Pedal Potential for their continued support.
June 2019 Update
In June, I competed in my first international event, the ETU European Age Group Duathlon Championships. This was an absolutely amazing experience and I am grateful for the opportunity.
The first run was taken out very quickly but I managed to keep with one of the chasing packs and enter T1 in a good position and amongst some other athletes. I had a good T1 but when I mounted my bike, I immediately felt very terrible.
For the first half of the bike I was feeling very nauseous and I was suffering from dehydration. This caused me to miss a very strong group of cyclists which were closing down the leaders. I felt a little better later in the bike portion and got into a large group of cyclists where we all worked very well together. I entered T2 among these cyclists but as I set off on the second run, I instantly felt even worse than before.
As a result of dehydration, I was battling with stomach cramps throughout the whole second run and this was extremely frustrating as my usual run time would have landed me a podium position. Nonetheless, I was pleased with 4th at my first ever international event and thoroughly enjoyed the incredible experience.
I also raced at Cardiff Supersprint Triathlon with a choppy swim and very congested and technical draft-illegal bike leg where I achieved 1st place. However, I wasn't pleased with my split times.
I am really grateful to Giant Bristol for all of their technical help getting my bike ready and boxed up ready to fly. I'd also like to thank Pedal Potential alongside my family for supporting me in my first international event.
May 2019 Update
Darley Moor Duathlon, ETU Age Group Duathlon Championships qualifier - QUALIFIED
Once again, the rain came lashing down on race day. The first run was extremely wet and windy and the ground was littered with stones, gravel and rocks. I had a pretty average transition and got out onto the bike fairly swiftly. The race track was covered in surface water which made the bike leg very treacherous. The headwind came with quite a force throughout the bike leg which made it even tougher. My T2 was a little slower than I would've liked as I didn't get my shoes on that smoothly but then I was quickly onto the second run. The second run was very tough as the wind was still howling throughout the race track but I managed to finish 2nd in my age group and qualify for next years race.
Throughout May, I also competed at Eton Sprints weekend where I finished 1st in the Supersprint distance.I also had great fun at one of the races of the Castle Combe summer road race series and I look forward to entering some more of these races in the upcoming weeks.
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential alogside my family for their continued support.
April 2019 Update
April marked the start of the proper race season. This included the British Duathlon Champs, Bath Duathlon and my first triathlon of the season.
The first run at the British Duathlon Champs was blisteringly quick as the standard of athletes racing was very high. The conditions were wet and windy so getting in a pack was vital. I had a quick transition and got into a group of about 3 athletes and we worked very well in the tough conditions. I did a lot of the work within the bike pack so when we hit T2 my legs were just exhausted. The second run was very tough but I was happy to take more than 3 and a half minutes off my time from last year.
A week later I raced at Bath Duathlon where I had a strong performance and took home 2nd place in the Youth race. I also beat my time from last year by more than 3 minutes.
My first triathlon of the season was Burnham-On-Sea supersprint triathlon. The wind was incredibly strong and sketchy on race day. I had a disappointing swim, followed by an average bike ride which was more about trying to control the bike and stay on it than about speed and going really hard. The run leg was extremely windy on the way out which made the run very tough. I was really frustrated that I finished with some energy left in the tank knowing that I should have raced harder!
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential, Giant Bristol and my family for all their support
March 2019 Update
March has been a month of primarily cycling. At the beginning of the month I competed in my first crit. The race was going well up until my wheel got caught up with someone else's causing me to very almost crash.
A few weeks later I competed at Odd Down cycle circuit in a very big and strong field of cyclists. At the start of the race, I got caught at the back behind some slower riders and missed the main pack which broke away. As a result of this, I was caught in no-mans-land for about 20 minutes all by myself in the very, very windy conditions. I managed to catch and work together with someone in the closing stages of the race but it was too late. I learnt a lot from that race and will bring this experience into the fast approaching race season. I have had a good block of cycling training this month preparing me for the start of the real race season in April.
I'd like to thank all my support from Pedal Potential as well as my family.
February 2019 Update
February has been a fairly quiet month for me in terms of competitions. However, I did compete at the "Chilly Duathlon" held at Castle Combe. I had competed in this race a couple of months prior and was happy with a PB this time round. This shows that my winter training has been successful to a degree but I also have a lot of work to do before the real race season begins.
The first 3km run at Chilly Duathlon was taken out very quickly by some of the BUCS athletes. I had a good transition and managed to climb a few places before commencing onto the bike course. As always with Castle Combe, the bike course was windy but this time the wind was extremely strong. Throughout the 10 mile bike leg, the wind seemed to come from every direction except from behind me! I had a solid bike leg and came into transition right behind one of the stronger riders. I had another quick transition and made up yet another few places and came onto the second run ahead of some of the stronger riders. The second run was tough, only to be made even tougher by the vigorous winds. It was a good race nonetheless and I was pleased to get a PB in tough conditions by about 40 seconds.
Also in February, I managed to test out my new Yonda Ghost wetsuit which is incredibly fast and flexible. Additionally, I am excited to be working with my new coach and I can't wait to see what the new season holds.
I'd like to thank Pedal Potential alongside my family for all of their support.
January 2019 Update
Ashridge House- ITU World Age Group Duathlon qualification race- QUALIFIED
The weather was atrocious and the rain and snow came down, as a result the transition times would not be counted. This was a disadvantage for me as I pride myself in having quick transition times. Nonetheless, I tried to pace myself as hundreds of athletes tried to negotiate the slippery, treacherous grass section of the 2-lap run course. We merged onto a gravel track laden with puddles before joining another tarmac stretch which took us out the front of the beautiful Ashridge House. We had to surpass the identical lap made even more treacherous by the 300 athletes following my footsteps on the first lap. As transition times weren't counted, I took my time in transition, taking an energy gel, and hydrating.
After a few minutes, I set off on the 2 lap 22km bike course which was
hilly and a little technical. The first couple of kms were very fast and were
littered with potholes and speed bumps. The road opened up and that allowed me
to get into my aero position, put my head down and cycle hard. I tried to use my
strongest discipline to my advantage on the steepest part of the course. We
continued to climb as I made up places. Another pause in the race as dead transitions
continued, and unfortunately this caused my legs to seize up in the freezing
temperature. This made the second run very, very tough. Nonetheless, I qualified
and will be racing at the 2020 ITU World Age Group Duathlon Championships. I
achieved 2nd in my age group and 14th overall in a very,
very strong field of athletes.
January also held the 3rd round of the DB MAX Castle Combe Winter 10 Mile TT series where I had an absolutely appalling race and having previously won my age group in the last two rounds, I felt very disappointed.
I also competed at the Avon Schools cross country event. Having previously placed 2nd at Bristol schools, I qualified for Avon Schools. The race was on a very wet and slippery day. I needed to finish in the top 10 to qualify for the next round but unfortunately I finished in 11th place missing out by seconds.
I'd like to thank all my support including my parents and my sisters.
2018 Triathlon Season
The highlight of my season is definitely qualifying to represent GBR at the European Age Group Duathlon Championships in 2019 in Romania.
This comes at the end of a season of mixed results with highs and lows. A win at Cardiff Super-sprint mid season was a high, however a lesson learned at Bedford duathlon with my first penalty for inadvertently touching a rack in transition - not a mistake that I intend to repeat!
Another high point of my 2018 season was my 100 mile individual charity bike ride which I did to raise money and awareness for Gloucestershire Young Carers charity. In doing this I raised over £700. I completed the centenary ride in Northern France and thoroughly enjoyed cycling through the french countryside.
A few days after my charity ride, I competed in the Castle Series Château de Chantilly triathlon. This was an interesting course - avoiding floating plants in the Castle lake, cycling on the opposite side of the road and dodging the gravel on the run into transition. Despite all this, I won my age group and finished 13th overall out of 498.
I opened the season with a 4th place finish at Bath duathlon, the first race of the South-West triathlon series, round the Odd down cycling circuit on a wet and slippery day.
My first open water swim of the season was Cotswold's Super-sprint triathlon. This was a cold start to the day with an open road cycle leg.
I always enjoy competing at Eton Dorney as it's a great venue and fantastic atmosphere. The race was in clear water, then onto a fast bike course, all on a hot day!
London triathlon was a great event despite being another hot day. The swim in the docks, followed by a closed road cycle around the streets of London and a closed circuit for the run was all a unique experience. It was great to watch the Elite mixed relay later in the day and It was also interesting to talk to other athletes on the stands. I must thank John Brame and Marsha @RGACTIVE for their time and advice.
The weather was terrible and pouring with rain for the duration of Oxley triathlon. The bike and run portion of the race were fairly hilly and also long in comparison to the swim, both of which suited my style. I had a good race and finished 4th overall.
My last couple of multisport races were Hever Castle triathlon where I achieved 12th overall out of 729 and 2nd in my age group, Castle Combe duathlon where I came 13th out of 291 and 1st in my age group. Alongside the mentioned events, I have also competed in a number of other races.
My winter training has begun, as well as the cross country season and a few DB MAX 10 mile time trials at Castle Combe.