2018 … my triathlon year

December 21st, 2018 • Posted in News |

It’s been a fun year! I raced in two half-ironmans (the Grafman and Cotswolds Classic), the olympic distance Cardiff Tri, and my season culminated in the mighty Brutal ironman (you can read my write-up of that monster here). Training went pretty well, though I was disappointed with my times at both of the half-ironmans I raced. I think I was fit and ready, but both races were extremely hot, and I faded on the run both times. The Grafman in particular was really tough, and it’s the first time in a while that I considered not finishing. That thought doesn’t hit me often … but with the run making several laps back and forth past the finish line, it was tempting! I hung on though, and as my coach said, you learn more from a bad race than a good one.

I raced my nice new Canyon Speedmax several times this year, what a beautiful piece of kit that is. I even bought an aero helmet. That’s me… all the gear, no idea.

I also did a couple of fun sportives. The Wye Valley Warrior is a tough beast, I finished in a decent time and even managed a couple of mile brick run straight after! I also raced the Velothon again, finishing in a time of 4:59:57! Ahh, that 5 hour mark… That was a great experience, and I’m sad to see it won’t be happening again. I think it was a great event for South Wales, but it’s all about making money, I guess, and it wasn’t.

I raced a couple of half marathons this year too, including the Might Contain Nuts half a few weeks back––hilly, muddy, wet, rocky, and glorious.

2019 is a big year for me. I have a significant birthday (okay, okay, I’m 50), and when my wife asked what I wanted to do to mark the occasion I said, “Er … hmmm … do you fancy a holiday in Canada?”

“Is there an ironman?” she asked.

“There … might be.”

And there is. On July 28th, my actual 50th, I’ll be racing Ironman Canada in Whistler. Epic. Can’t wait. Yet my nervous side is already kicking in, because I’ve had to hire a bike and will it be OK? Will it be stupid hot like it was this year? How will I find cycling on the wrong side of the road?

But I’m going to set those worries aside. I’m going to train hard next year, and enjoy the day. Apparently there are sometimes black bears on the run course … what’s not to love about that?

I’ve also signed up for the Lemur Loop next November, in which you run a 10k trail run loop as many times as you can in 12 hours. What was I thinking…?

Season’s Greetings to you all. I hope you hit your targets for 2019. And remember, whether you think you can do something, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.

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2 comments on “2018 … my triathlon year”

  1. Priscilla Bettis says:

    Congrats on a splendid triathlon year. Your coach is right about the bad races being better learning experiences. (I coached swimmers and triathletes for 36 years, so I have a little experience with that.) Good luck on your training!

  2. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Priscilla!

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