In January I went out to Sands Beach resort in Lanzarote to join Team TBB and train there with Stephen Bayliss. I didn't really know what got expect in term of training or my new training partners or my new home! From the start I have really enjoyed the training and feel it really suits me. Training with the rest of the guys in the squad has been really good for me and I feel there is a good work ethic from everyone.
From Lanzarote I went to race in my first half iron distance race at Challenge Barcelona. I didn't have the best race, a poor swim, solid bike and a poor run. I still managed to end up in 5th place so not a complete disaster. From Barcelona I went to my new summer training base in Leysin, Switzerland. I settled into my new home and got some good training done before I headed off the Ironman 70.3 UK. I had a better race here, swimming in the lead pack, biking with the leaders and then winning the race on the run!
Ironman 70.3 Norway was my next race a few weeks later. This time I had another good swim, my bike was pretty poor and I ran through to get second place. One week later I raced Palamos ITU World Cup which was one to forget, poor swim then pulled out on the bike but never worry no time to rest as a week later I was race Geneva ITU European Cup. The race in Geneva went better with a poor swim but a strong bike and run, finishing 9th. From Geneva I cycled with the rest of my team mates to Alpe dhuez and three days later I was racing again at the long course race. The race went well for me, swimming in the lead group, cycling at the front with one other guy and then i managed to win the race on the run, but no time to celebrate as in another three days another race, Zurich 5150. The race in Zurich was pretty average for me, average swim, average bike and ok run. I ended up in 4th place so not terrible.
After my big racing period it was time to get a couple of weeks training in before heading off to my most recent race, Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden which was also the European 70.3 championships so there was also a quality field to compete with. The race went really well, a solid swim then a good ride on a hard course and a good run. I managed to win the race and become European 70.3 champion!
Next up is the World Ironman 70.3 championships in Las Vegas.