15 Aug 2013

IM UK

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On Sunday I raced IMUK. I had a fine swim, which I seem to be able to do these day and came out with Harry Wiltshire and our very own Dan Halksworth. Onto the bike and Dan and I took turns at setting the pace on the front, Dan did some very solid turns and we dropped Harry at the end of the 1st Lap I think. From then on it was Just Dan and I to the end of the bike which was nice:)

Onto the run and we heard that we had a good gap to all those behind, so it seemed it was a race between Dan and I. I felt good running out towards Bolton but around the 20km mark I lost most of my strength and energy and Dan carried on running very strongly. I did manage to get some pace going in the last 10km, but Dan was way ahead and eventually won with a great performance. It is difficult to defend a title from the previous year But Dan did just that with an improved performance on last year. Each year Dan has got better, so where he will stop, who knows!

Bella had a tough day and could have very easily called it a day on the run, but she very bravely carried on as best she could and I am very proud of her 4th place finish, well done Bella! Bella has done some amazing things in her Career; 15 Iron Distance titles and an ITU World Long Distance Title among many other results, with IM course records set all over the world. She was almost unbeatable in Ironman in 2008 and 2009, with a total of 9 ironman wins in just those 2 years, who has ever done that? No one to my Knowledge! Completely clean, I unfortunately have to say that in these depressing times of drug cheats!!

Anyway I just wanted to say how proud I am of Bella, she was a long way from her best shape but still put herself out there to do the best she could on that day.

Not that you couldn’t guess, but ask me, who is my sporting hero, Bella is! No doubt!

 

Stephen Bayliss

Stephen Bayliss

A professional triathlete since 2004, teamTBB member Stephen Bayliss is married to fellow triathlete Bella Bayliss. Best known for his “uncanny resemblance to Freddy Mercury”, Bayliss, 33, has participated in 24 Ironman races and has finished in the top five in most of them. The four-time Iron distance champion was extremely proud to participate in the Ironman Lanzarote in May alongside his wife, her first Ironman since giving birth last year. Bayliss finished in second position, and said, “I was extra happy to see Bella doing so well in her first Ironman after giving birth to baby Charlie - I am very proud of her!” Bayliss joined teamTBB in 2007, and dutifully maintains his athlete’s blog although he thinks it is “of most interest to my parents, who I must email more!” 

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