My Ironman journey started last year, when it seemed a good idea to join a group of Lincsquaders who had signed up for IM Austria. So it became a winter of base training many wet rides and getting into a routine of swimming before work. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to New Zealand in February to do Wanaka 70.3. This gave me a real marker of progress, and realisation that I had a lot more work to do. There was no way could I of done a second lap of that bike route.
Following the end of the consultation period, the Youth Committee has voted to accept the Long Term Athlete Development framework as its training programme. The coaching staff will now work to build up the details over the next few months.
On 12th July 2016 I completed the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 in 6hrs 34mins. Why am I delighted by this? Well go back nearly 3 years. An overweight (18.8st) 45 year old Sales Manager with high blood pressure and above normal Cholesterol decided that sitting on his rear all day was not good for him, what to do?
(Apologies for the lack of pics – we’re having issues with WordPress that is taking some sorting!)
Slateman 2016 by Gareth Crabb
Got a spare 15 mins? Grab a chair, a drink and have a read. The Slateman journey started as many other race pacts…at an award ceremony fuelled with alcohol. ‘Take a Gander’ for summer Duathlon’s prize giving was the venue with a few of the usual suspects present, full of bravado, all giving the nod for this outing to Wales.
The eventual Lincsquad list for the Savage included Gary Horner, Mark Connolly, Paul Mcewan, Malc Marshall, Richard Anness and myself. Competing in the Full distance were Rob Marshall and Steve Cannings.