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In this section you will find an archive of race reports previously published in WTtransition.

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2015 Buffalo City, South Africa, ITU World Paratriathlon Event

On Sunday 1st March, local triathlete and WaldenTRI member, George Peasgood took part in the first round of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, in Buffalo City, South Africa. The race consisted of a 750m open water swim with a beach start into the Indian Ocean, where the water temperature was 16'C, followed by a 2 lap, 20km bike and finally a 2 lap 5km run along the beachfront.

George, one of six members of the GB Paratriathlon squad participating there, was competing in the hotly contested PT4 class, whose athletes have either a below elbow or below knee impairment. This inaugural event in the eleven race series, set the scene for this important year, as countries compete to gain places for the 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.

Following George's move to Loughborough to study Sports Science, where the Paratriathlon squad are based, he has put in considerable effort in his training and this was reflected in him posting the fastest swim split of the day, of any category in 12: 35. This enabled him to maintain the lead right through the bike section, with him only being passed during the run, which is his weakest discipline of the three. George finished second in his category, bringing home a silver medal

George Peasgood in the first round of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, in Buffalo City, South Africa

WaldenTRI’s Merry Men battle at The Evil Sheriff, 2014 TE National Cross Duathlon Championships

At 43 years old, seven (4 + 3) seems to be my number… After racing on-road in October (see WTtransition Issue 403) and finishing 7th at the British Age-Group Standard (on-road) Duathlon Championships on 12th October, I was curious to see if I could translate that fitness and form with the mud.

Saturday 7th November saw the 2014 Triathlon England Cross Duathlon Championships held at Sherwood Pines, Nottingham, as part of the One Step Beyond organised Evil Sheriff Off Road Duathlon. It was a fantastic event, attracting well over 300 athletes to a challenging, fair and very well marked course in the beautiful Sherwood Forest. The event was a combination of two cross country runs (5 and 3km) and Mountain Bike (2 laps of 10km).

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Athens Marathon

So if you are going to run your first "real" marathon where do you start - there can be only one choice - to copy the exploits of Phaedippides who delivered news of the Greek victory in the Persian wars and set of from Marathon. The self proclaimed "Authentic" Athens Marathon was indeed just that an authentic test on an ancient & historic route.

Training hadn't gone brilliantly despite the confidence boost of the Great East Run a few weeks before. If ever you want an advertisement for why doing core is so important I was it. The lack of any focus on strengthening the "supporting" bits in the last 12 months meant I missed most of the base training I had planned through niggling injuries and that became very apparent towards the end of the race. Go on - get back to those Thursday core sessions they are great fun & incredibly worthwhile.

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October: Duathlon Season 2014

With winter approaching, my duathlon season has really kicked off now so I thought I should try to write a report about my latest races in the Shakespeare language (forgive me for all the grammatical mistakes).

October has been very busy and very enjoyable with 3 key races.

  1. Oulton Park Autumn Standard Duathlon on 5th October, qualifying race for 2015 European Standard Duathlon Championships
  2. British Age-Group Standard Duathlon Championships on 12th October
  3. Althorp Sprint Duathlon on 18th October, qualifying race for 2015 European Sprint Duathlon Championships

Oulton Park Autumn Standard Duathlon

On the 5th October, I competed in the Oulton Park Standard Duathlon organised by Xtra Mile Events. This event was the second qualifying race for the 2015 European Standard Duathlon Championships.

It was quite a long journey from Great Chesterford to Oulton Park, more than 3 hours. So I am glad I chosen to compete in the standard distance event taking place in the afternoon; the sprint one was in the morning. For once, I didn’t have to wake up at silly hours.

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Andy Bryant at IMUK

Back in May this year I had a great experience at Ironman Lanzarote. There were a few things I wanted to improve on though, so I decided to enter Ironman UK. This gave me just two months to prepare, aiming for a better swim, faster transitions, and to ride fractionally easier so I could really race the marathon. And to enjoy the day of course!

My basic plan following Lanza was to ease back into training for 3 weeks, jump back to peak intensity for another 3, then taper for the remaining 2 weeks. This went well, although at times I doubted the wisdom of 2 iron-distance races so close together. The swim distances were stepped-up, mostly open-water, usually followed by eating too much at the nearby Chinese buffet. Despite gaining a couple of percent body fat I redeemed myself with a 2:31 PB at olympic distance, the 'Dambuster' national age-group champs, putting me within 8% of the age-group winner's time. With that and a few more monster brick-sessions I felt ready for Ironman UK.

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