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  1. I finally have some good performances to write about! Haven’t written a blog in some time because I had my head down and working hard on getting my body back to where it should be, after all its only taken me about 2 years to get to where I am now. In my past blogs I have spoken about my injuries so wont go into too much detail in this one, its safe to say I am over them and back on track.

     So in the past few months I have been trying to pick up my running, so Michelle and I thought I should race a 10km on the road to see where I was with my fitness. I chose one local to me and that was the London 10km.

    It was great because I was able to meet up with all my old running mates from where I grew up Mo Farah and Scott overall. I warmed up with Mo he was so relaxed, everywhere we ran people were calling his name, it was surreal because I know what he has achieved is amazing but I have known him since he was a kid when he was just getting started. He is now a superstar and It’s great to see how far he has come with all the hard work.

    Mo

    I didn’t know what to expect time wise for the 10km but to my surprise I ran a 30.58! I went out a bit too quickly going through 5km in 15.20 and blew up a bit but then came home strong enough to finish with a big bunch of guys, we were all very close together. This just showed me I was getting back to where I wanted to be and training was on track. Mo went on to win the race in a time of 29.13 and Scott Overall finished in 5th place in 30.31

    Then I went back to training for a few weeks before heading out to Klagenfurt 5150 a non-drafting event on a tough hilly bike course. I had raced it before so knew the course and wanted to try to secure some more points ahead of the 5150 final in Des Monies later on this year. Thankfully I had a great race and came away with the win, I swam well but it was my biking that seemed to go really well on this day. I gained 2mins on the rest of the field with the World Long Course champion Bertrand Billiard before the run, so I knew it was going to be a good day. I felt good on the run as well and won the race comfortably from Ruedi Wild and Bertrand Billiard hung on for 3rd.

    Stu Wins Klagenfurt

     Only one week later and a very local and familiar race to me, The Windsor Triathlon which also doubled as the British Triathlon Championships was on and I wasn’t going to miss it. It’s a race I have raced many times and was really looking forward to, I just wanted to make sure I had recovered in time from Klagenfurt. It is easy to over train between races but thankfully my coach knows how to freshen me up, so was feeling good for the race.

    I had a great swim and my training partner Rich Stannard lead us out, Tom Bishop was right behind him and I was there as well. I had a good transition and was first out and we quickly formed a breakaway on the bike. We worked well together and kept the chase pack at 1 minute, I wanted to get into T2 first so kept the pressure on towards the end of the bike dismounting and out onto the run first.

     Stu & Tom Bishop

     I wanted to run hard to try to drop Tom as I knew he was in great shape but he went with me. Tom is a really great runner and after half a lap he hit the front and started to gradually pull away. He ended up taking the win and I was 2nd with Ben Shaw in 3rd place. I was really pleased with my result not only because I had backed it up from last weekend but also because I felt my form was coming back as well.

    Stu Finish Chute Windsor

    My training partner Emma Pallant Won the Elite Womens’ race, so it was a great day for Team Dillon Coaching.

    The Team!

    I’m looking forward to my next block of training, lets hope we get some nice summer weather. Thanks for reading, hope everyone is training and racing well.

    Good luck!

  2. Since my last blog I have moved house twice, and travelled to the other side of the world to prepare for the 2013 season in the heat. You can’t blame me I have left behind the winter miles so that I can get out on that bike and train hard. 2012 was a satisfying season but one I’d like to put behind me, since the end of 2010 I have been Injured and struggled to find motivation. However its only been in the past month that I have found new light with my complicated running injury problem and I can say its a great feeling to be back on track. 

    Everything feels so much easier when you don’t have to walk around dragging your leg behind you, I can bounce out of bed in the morning and look forward to the session Michelle throw’s at me, so very much looking forward to my season this year.

    Christmas went flying by this year probably because I was so busy, however I spent Christmas and New Year in Adelaide South Australia with Michelle’s Family and we had a fantastic time. The weather was excellent it didn’t rain once and the climate is very similar to Spain which is where I spent a lot of my time when I was growing up with my parents. 

    Winerys

    On New Years Day I decided to go out for a swim in the Ocean, so we headed to Norlunger Beach, this beach was voted one of the best beaches is Australia because of it’s crystal clear waters and amazing white sands.  I swam out to the reef which was about 200m off the beach. It was amazing out there and full of fish, divers and snorkeler’s.  South Australia is well known for its Great White sharks and every couple of years sadly someone becomes  a victim. This made my swim a little less enjoyable and was constantly in the back of my mind. Every few strokes I would take a look around me to see if I could feel or see anything,`apart from a plane flying over my head and a bit of seaweed nothing much to worry about and thankfully I was ok.

    Chrissy

    Riding in South Australia was as equally amazing, you have the hills out back and the flat along the coast and with the Tour Down Under start just around the corner from where I was staying I got to ride along some of those miles. I even met a few guys while out riding and they took me in as their own. They twisted my arm to do a short and sharp Time Trial one evening. I couldn’t really say no, so I went along for a bit of fun and at this stage no threshold work had been done so I was ready to be in a whole world of pain. However after changing my set up on my bike this year I actually felt pretty good and rode well first up. Michelle & her dad drove the course in the car behind me cheering me on so I couldn’t stop pedaling as I knew they had their eyes on me. I ended up 3rd overall and my first thought after crossing the line was, I need more of that push. I loved it, when you have old boys ahead of you and your chasing them down it keeps you on your toes!

    The running well it matches the swim and bike really and I would love to go back there at some point and do a stint of training, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was one of the most relaxing christmas’s I have had in a long time.

    I am now set up on the Gold Coast spending the next 4 months training here, I am also looking forward to Emma Pallant joining us next week, Michelle has recently taken Emma under her wing. A newbie to the triathlon scene with a whole lot of potential, look out for her name in the near future. 

    Train well over the winter, be smart and best wishes for 2013!

     

    Stu