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Welcome to my world.I'm going through a mid life crisis and trying to be the best i can at triathlon with very limited ability! I work as aTrain Driver on the East Coast Main Line, and thought writing this blog would show people who work awful shifts can try and fit in a great sport and keep you fit! I've just been selected to be an ambassador for Xterra Wetsuits so expect plenty of pictures in their wetsuits!

2014 so far! I'm a Slateman!

DazzaTri72by DazzaTri72Jul 3rd 2014
Wow my last pointless attempt at putting pen to paper was back in November 2013!!! So due to demand I have decided to update my blog and see if anyone really gives a sh*t!!
I'm trying to go through my limited memory banks as to which races I've taken part in, and quite frankly I am struggling. After winning the pumpkin I bet you guys thought I had retired!!
Ok, so, my 1st race of the year was a mud run 10k in Northamptonshire somewhere, it was a disaster!! After about 30 seconds from the start I slipped and jarred my back, like a fool I carried on, I finished in a fairly respectable time, but my damage was long term, pulled facet joint in my lower back had me out of action for a few months, the only upside was the Diazapam mixed with strong coffee had me high for about a week!! Thanks to Jez for the amazing sports massages, certainly helped me get back on my feet again!
On to more positive things, 1st triathlon of the year was Lincoln sprint, I posted a time of 1hr 09mins and came 4th in age group so I was pleased, it was a good turnout by friends and made for an enjoyable morning, the weather was great, as was the support from non racing friends and family.
So now it was all about the big one! This fatboy was going to conquer The Slateman! Training went very well, with the 1st open water swim done in a freezing Tallington Lakes in April, lots of hilly rides with cake stops and coffee helped me push through. Unfortuantly my running suffered due to the back injury so I had to train carefully and did a lot on the treadmill.
We had decided to make it a family holiday for our visit to Snowdonia and stayed on a caravan park in Llanrug a few miles from Llanberis where the race HQ was.
I decided to go up on the Friday with my best man John(coach), to bike the cycle route, John decided to check out the afternoon teas and tell people he was racing too, and even bought a Slateman hoodie to prove it!!
On the Saturday my Wife Jo, daughter Gracie and parents made the trip from the Fens to North Wales to support their boy.
Race day came round really quick and for once I slept well, John and I were 1st to set off down to the race to get parked and set up, I'm not sure who was more nervous!
After my usual 10 nervous wee's it was time to zip up the wetsuit and head down to the chilly waters of Llyn Paden. It was down here I bumped in to another club member, Lawrence, and his wife, always nice to see a friendly face.
I said my goodbyes and headed into a very chilly lake, my swim went well and came out of the 1k swim in 20 mins, it was then a long run up to transistion to find my bike (eventually) and get cheered on by the amazing support.
The bike ride is stunning, within a few minutes your out of Llanberis and heading up the Pen Y Pass with Snowdon looking down on you, I enjoyed th climb up the pass and went past a few other athletes and felt quite strong, the head wind was something I didn't anticipate and by the end of the ride I was glad to be back in transistion to put on my trainers! And what a run route it is, a killer! 11k of slate mines, plus the infamous zig zags, it took me an hour!! The pain was soon put to one side though with amazing views over the lake and surrounding mountainous countryside!
After being held up by the little train that goes around the lake I eventually finished in 3hours 01 min. It was an amazing event with great support and organisation, will I be back?? Oh yeah! But to take on the Savage in 2015!
To have my family and best man there was fantastic, there support is unrivalled and really appreciated, I know Jo puts up with a lot, but having my girls there at the end is what makes it all worthwhile.
It was also nice to meet up with a couple of clu members at the end for a pint and to have a debrief!
So what next after that epic race? Well I am building towards The Vitruvian in August which will be my 1st attempt at middle distance, I have decided to do the race for charity, my grandad suffered with Alziemers, so doing it for the Alziemers Society seemed obvious. Being a great sportsman, I'm sure he would of been proud. If you would like to donate please go to www.justgiving.com/Darren72
Before The Vit, I am racing at one of my favourite events, The Black Sheep Ripon triathlon, oop north, it's a fantastic weekend for the whole family, and again the support is amazing, we shall be camping for 4 nights and sampling the local ale no doubt! Results and details to follow.
From there I head south to race at Stewartby Lakes near Bedford, I've not done this one before, but know it will be good as its organised by one of the best clubs in the area,NiceTri from St Neots.
I'm not sure what shape I'm in at the moment (round I suspect) as we have just come back from Mallorca, which was an intense training camp! Running/biking the next morning after drinking White Rioja with my Father in Law was a strong mental test!
So there we have it, 2014 in a nutshell.
Sorry for going on and see you in 2015!!
 
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