Team SportPursuit – The Ironman UK 2013 Story / SportPursuit | SportPursuit.com

Team SportPursuit – The Ironman UK 2013 Story / SportPursuit | SportPursuit.com.

The #TEamsportpursuit video is here!

Blog from SportPursuit;

“Typically, most sports businesses choose to champion the elite athlete, sponsoring a team of pro athletes in order to endorse and lend credibility to their product. There is no shortage of perks for the modern pro-athlete.

What there is a shortage of is people championing the everyday athlete; the unsung hero. That’s what Team SportPursuit is about – giving unsung heroes the opportunity to feel like a pro-athlete for the day. Our heroes are our members – they are why we do what we do – so we choose to champion them.

We selected four members who applied to be a part of Team SportPursuit at Ironman Bolton 2013 and gave them each a spot in the sold out event. The team was made up of everyday athletes, chosen not just for their physical abilities but because to us they represent what sport should be about; commitment, passion, determination and involvement for personal enjoyment and achievement, not for money or fame.

In the lead-up to the event we followed their journey through the blog diaries, before bringing a film crew to track them through the race weekend. Their skills and abilities were varied, with some having never attempted a triathlon before the big day (even overcoming an inability to swim), and two team members who hoped to qualify for the World Championships in Kona – the mecca of Ironman – one on his seventh attempt.

What resulted were four incredible stories of determination – all with individual goals but each with the same sense of achievement.”

Many thanks to the film crew and producers at Dimension2.

See more from our time at Ironman UK or check out our photo album from the event

The Final Countdown – 4 days remaining

BACK DATED FROM 30th JULY;

4 days....

4 days….

So it’s the final countdown.

I’ve been treating my followers to a pictorial countdown since day 6….it’s fair to say I’m more than a little bit excited/scared/nervous now!

My last week’s preparation has involved many short very low intensity training sessions and today I’m off for an all over sports massage to keep me nice and supple. Like everyone says, the hard work has been done and now is the time to relax, stretch, eat well and look after yourself as best as possible – oh, and sleep!!

At the weekend my new race wheels arrived, so that was the highlight of my weekend (as well as supporting my club mates at the Milton Keynes Olympic distance race and club BBQ on Sunday). Bike now looks and feels a little bit more ‘racy’, can’t wait to have my full-on ‘bling’ race bike next year, but I guess we cant have everything at once…and tri is definitely not a cheap sport!

So from now until I drive to Bolton on Friday it’s all about the planning. Lists, lists and yet more lists!

The last 48hrs is going to be pretty manic – my timetable looks something like this:

Friday

Travel to Bolton and Race briefing / registration at the Reebok stadium (and no-doubt spend some money in the expo).

Saturday

Practice swim , cycle, and run (all very short) at Pennington Flash (complete by 10am, sort out final details to transition bags)

11:00 – Racking at T1 open for numbers 501-750

12:00 or earlier – T2 racking at the school

Back to hotel for chill out / spa time.

15:45 – Join #TeamSportPursuit at Reebok for interviews, coffee and meeting the team.

Sunday – RACE DAY!!!

03:00 Alarm call

04:30 latest – At Pennington flash to walk transition area again and ‘relax’!!

06:00 Race Start

The last 24-hours is all-important and I have a nutrition-plan that I stick to religiously – my lunch, evening meal and snacks are all planned out and my breakfast on race morning is always the same – I practice this during my long training sessions too. Breakfast is always porridge, a bagel, and a protein shake. I then have a carb-energy drink that I sip up until 20mins before the race, then I have a caffeine gel 5-10mins before getting into the water of the swim.

So on that note – time to start writing more lists…See you at the Finish line!!

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