In 2014 I got bored of playing golf after being obsessed by the game for 15 years. I was also overweight and was not feeling good about my health or how I looked. I started running and doing some PT and some of the guys I train with do triathlon, so I thought I would give it a go. I did a few duathlons and runs but no triathlons for the first few years. My first one was Majorca iron man 70.3 in 2017 and I absolutely loved it even though I was nervous stood on the beach looking out to sea thinking that buoy looks a long way out! I managed to get around in something like 6 hours 20 after having serious cramps on the run due to lack of salts so very poor planning and lack of experience.
At this point I decided I wanted to take it a bit more serious as I enjoyed it a lot even though I’m never going to be a world beater. I love the sport as it keeps you fit and healthy and motivated to have a goal and focus out of work life.
I met Phil through a friend and instantly liked him and his very professional approach to the sport. I now have a weekly plan which works well for me as he always asks me what I have going on at work and in my personal life and we try and fit everything in around that. He also helps plan the forthcoming events and makes sure the plan is focused around the diary. Phil has also helped me prepare my diet better (even though I’m not the best at sticking to it) and try to have a better organised meal plan to prepare for upcoming events.
I have around 7-8 races in the diary this year including two 70.3’s and a few Olympic tri’s which I find great as they are quick and don’t take up all day and you can do more of them more frequently.
I would highly recommend using Phil for a tri plan and also personal training as he’s a great guy and knows his stuff!
Maybe a full iron man may be the next challenge in 2019?