Posted by: Mike
I will admit from the very start that this was my first ever triathlon and my only real goal was to finish.

That said, this was HARD. Not just tiring, but emotionally and physically taxing. It is only today that I have mentioned to walk up and down stairs without grimacing and wincing. It was fun though, and something I will try and do again next year!

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Posted by: Tony
This was going to be a special race for me as it was my first race in the new team kit and my first race on my new bike! After missing the last 3 races of the MSG series due to illness and holidays I knew it was going to be hard to pick up where I left off, especially after such a good result in my last race. Still, Shouldham was a good 2 hours drive, so that left plenty of time to talk tactics and work out a game plan on the way.

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Posted by: Mike
What an absolutely cracking day out. The race was held in Dudmaston Wood all the way down in Shropshire. This was an important race for me as prior to this I was leading the Midlands XC overall series by 12 points clear of Chris Bailey of Swinnerton Cycles. Having only raced three rounds though, I needed to race to be eligible to win and I needed to keep any deficit under 12 points.

I'll admit to being somewhat worried going into the race, mainly as I have been concentrating on training for the Helvellyn Triathlon I have on Sunday! Long steady state TT style training is something of an antithesis of the short sharp accelerations and climbing found in a typical XC race!

However, despite not having the best race I still walked away with the Series win!


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Posted by: Mike
I feel kinda bad about forgetting to update this anywhere near as much as I should, but in my defence - I'm a new (and very proud) Dad!

Since my last update (In May, whoops!) I haven't been racing as much as just being a parent and getting used to being a Dad. A new job in south Leicester has given me a 32 mile round trip so I've slowly been able to start sorting out my training plan ready for next year and getting a bit of training in for the last few races I have left this season.

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Posted by: Dave
Hi, I'm guessing by the fact that youíre here, reading this article that you already know a bit about me. But because Iíve got your attention, why not abuse that right and use it to let you know a little more. So Iím Dave. For a whole 18 years I was brought up on the urban streets of Crossnamuckley in Godís own country; Northern Ireland. My next door neighbourís house was a field, and so was the one next to them. It wasn't long before my brothers and I were out causing chaos on bikes. I'm not entirely sure on how it happened, but somehow Mum and Dad convinced us that going to the local races would be more fun than our own longest skid competitions (it wasn't)!

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Posted by: Jodie
After an MSG free July, I was looking forward to this one. Thetford feels like my home ground, plus it's only an hour up the road so I was already looking forward to not having to get up ridiculously early on a Sunday.

I arrived at 8.30am to sunshine - the weather was perfect. Having signed on and said a few hellos I set off for a gentle pre-ride. The course was very open, with only a few short bits of single track and one steep drop off. This was a race for the roadies - not my ideal as I still struggle with my stamina on the open parts.


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