2014 season down. What’s next?

November 11th, 2014 by

Well, that’s it. I’ve decided to call it a year. 2014 was one of my favourite years so far. All in 70.3’s I’ve taken two wins in Wimbleball, and Lanzarote. 3 x 2nd places in South Africa, Calgary, Barcelona. Then I finished 10th in the World Champs which was very satisfying if I consider I got that with a puncture after losing two minutes but also frustrating of course as I was looking at something much higher without problems. I also took wins in Jenson Button Triathlon which was actually my tightest race of all against Dave Bishop and the Mallorca Olympic Distance Champs in May.

It was also made so much better by being part of the mighty Uplace BMC team. I had so much fun wearing their colours and participating at the camps at Sands Beach and Mallorca and of course travelling to the races as part of a team and having the support plus being around 9 other great team mates + staff. I’m very chuffed I have at least another year of this.

Now the season is finished, I have had time to reflect on the year, analyse what could be done better and discover ways to do that. This year it wasn’t very hard for me to figure out how to do that as it was clear that areas I can improve.  Ironically I need to move forward the two areas that were a strength for me coming into this. My Swim and Run.  I spent the last two years working very hard on my biking to bring it up to the level of the other guys but to do this I had to give the swim and run a back seat. I’m not sure if that’s the way it’ll always have to be and in a way I have to let the 1:10’s and the 3min K’s go a little bit in order to be good at Ironman but right now the next move is to try to bring my swim and run back up while maintaining/improving my biking. I think the only way to do that is to train smarter become more disciplined and keep putting in the hard work.

One of the main changes I’m making next year is I’ll change coaches. Mat Steinmetz from Boulder has been really instrumental in getting me competitive in 70.3 racing and was perfect for me starting out and it’s been a pleasure to work with him. I learnt so much from him and want to thank him for that and I’d recommend him to anyone looking to really get going in Non Drafting triathlon. Problem was I’m unlikely to be around Boulder next year and will be spending more time at home with the family so it’s not a viable option now.

11 years on from when we first met, I’ll now be joining forces with Mark Pearce. We’ve had a lot to do with each other because he used to be our sports scientist at Loughborough and more recently head coach of the high performance division at Loughborough University. Now he’s independent from British Triathlon and starting his own thing at Intelligent Triathlon Training and I’m really excited to finally get to work together. After a handful of meetings I’m really sold on what he can do for my performance and really impressed with the level professionalism so far. He’s also looking for new clients and athletes for our swim squad up in Loughborough so get in touch…

2015 will bring new challenges for me as it’s going to be the first year where I have a real crack at Ironman. I’m really, really excited to try it but to be honest have no idea what I’m letting myself in for and quite apprehensive. I’m not really letting myself think about the fact it’s almost a 4k swim, 180k bike and a bloody marathon! I’m just doing it…They all say the jump from Olympic Distance to 70.3 is a lot smoother then that of 70.3 – Ironman and I have full respect for the distance so going into it realising I’m going to have a lot to learn to master this distance.  Watch any ironman and you’ll see how easy it is to muck it up!

Anyway, next year my aim is to qualify for Ironman World Champs in Kona and try to post a good strong performance there. I already have 1600 points before 2015 even starts which is a nice advantage so I’m hoping it’ll just take 1 Ironman to qualify. I think that one will be in South Africa in March with a back up in Lanzarote.

For my last race of the season I took a trip to Silverman 70.3 in Las Vegas. I’m not going to write much about it because it was a nightmare. I got sick on the flight on the way over, slept bad on the first night and then pulled out of the race after a drafting penalty! I wasn’t ever in it mentally after my win in Lanzarote 70.3. It took a lot out of my head that race because I pushed so hard and when I went back onto the course to cheer on my friends on the run course I was actually happy I wasn’t racing any more! It was SOO HOT and brutal! Anyway, I was also there with 6 others to celebrate one of my best buddies Stag parties. So we actually got a lot out of the trip in the end… Some very big nights out, a bit of racing in a Lambo and well…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so we’ll leave it there shall we? As soon as I got back I checked straight into Ragdale Hall spa with my wife to recover…what else do you need to make you want to get fit again?!

After 3/4 weeks off I’m now spending a few weeks in Sands Beach with my friends getting some shape back. I’m not too unfit after my month of dossing about and feel like I’m starting from a good place. I’m in no rush though, this is the nice part of the years training. I took some snaps below of the past month. Check it out :)