April has been a busy month of racing for the Tri Energy crew with the kids leading the way in many aquathlons; and the adults taking on vast and varied challenges! We’re delighted to announce that Ian is our April athlete of the month for his amazing 6 minute PB at Hereford duathlon, and a PB at the Birmingham 10k crossing the finish line in under the hour! Any club members will tell you that Ian’s hard-work and enthusiasm is contagious! He is up early doors to squeeze his training in around work and being on call, and has his sights firmly set on improving and enjoying the journey! Here’s our 5 minute interview with Ian….
1) How and when did you get into triathlon?
I did my first triathlon in 2013 after watching the London Tri on TV and seeing people of a larger build doing it and this inspired me to have ago. I did it just to challenge myself (I only intended to do one) as I was getting slightly bored at the gym with no real challenges. I did one and thought that was that – but then I was curious to see if I could beat my first time and so it took off from there really.
2) What distance races do you prefer?
I like the shorter distances- super sprint and sprint. I have already raced in the Hereford Sprint Duathlon so far this year and have the Highley Sprint triathlon next!
3) How did you get involved with Tri Energy?
I contacted Sam for a swim analysis and the rest is history. We started working together last year and Sam plans my training in a software called Training Peaks. I look at the sessions she has set, do them as best as I can, upload the data from my TomTom Sports Watch and then we review it and feedback. It’s great for keeping me on track.
4) What’s your favourite and least favourite training session?
My favourite training session is out on my bike – I love both road cycling and going off road along the canal. My least favourite is probably swimming, although I do enjoy the open water swimming.
5) What are your goals for the future?
For the future I want to take the distance to a half ironman race; I also want to enter a few of the bigger triathlons like Blenheim palace, Cardiff, and the London triathlon. As swimming is my least favourite I’d like to do a few more duathlons too. I would also like to try and take on a half marathon and maybe a full marathon.
6) Who are your main supporters?
My main supporter and critic is my lovely long suffering wife Karen who I can’t thank enough with all the cold mornings & early starts, going to events and being there at the finish line. I wouldn’t be able to do this without her. She has put up with the long hours of training and come out to rescue me on occasions when I have had mechanical problems on my bike!
7) What advice would you give anyone wanting to take up triathlon?
I would say to anybody wanting to take up triathlon, go for it as once you have done one you will be hooked! Everyone is so friendly and encouraging you have nothing to lose!