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I get to Cervia with my mum and dad, my brother, and my girlfriend on Friday at noon, just in time to register and check my cycling and running gear in the transition zone. The IRONMAN machine is pretty impressive and it is difficult not to let the hype overwhelm you. Swim course check out is cancelled due to rough sea (not nice) so I head off to my hotel, have an early dinner and go to bed. I sleep remarkably well and at 4.10 my...

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DAY 175 Last week I kept myself busy, I trained in the morning and evening and enjoyed the company of family and friends during the day, trying not to think too much about the big day coming soon. But now race week has come, it is time to visualise the task ahead and wisely use these last few days of rest to get fresh and sharp on the start line. All set to...

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DAY 170 🌊🚵🏼‍♂️ Training in Genoa is quite different compared to Oxford, and it’s quite fun to change things up a little! The weather has been unkind until today, so yesterday I did my morning swim in a 50m open air pool, which was quite chilly and felt very different from the small 25m indoors Iffley. On Sunday as well as today I went for a cycle down the coast on the via Aurelia, the...

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DAY 163 🏊🏻‍♂️💦 Last open water session of the season at Queensford Lake before I jet off to Italy this weekend. In this post I simply would like to thank my swimming buddy Howard, who was patient enough to put up with my early starts and fast wetsuit. He helped me so much to keep my motivation high and smash every single session 💪🏻 My only regret is that he won’t be...

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DAY 162 🏃🏻‍♂️🔥 I was pretty sure I was promised a taper after my race… It seems like I was wrong, very wrong! Worst/best session of these past 5 months of training though...

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DAY 159 🏊🏻‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️ Race day #2, 4 weeks after my debut in the world of triathlon at Dorney Lake and 3 weeks before the likely end of my journey in the world of triathlon at IRONMAN Italy 2019. This race was still small in distance (1.5 Km swim, 44 Km bike, 9 Km run) and numbers (300 athletes), but it was twice as big as...

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DAY 146  A few more details about my fall than in my Instagram post. I would still like to start by saying that #helmets#save#lives, and that if you haven’t got one yet you should get it as soon as possible. I wouldn’t be writing this if I wasn’t wearing mine (you can see it cracked all the way through) Today I felt like a bit of a superhero. Exactly 3 hours into my 6 hour cycle I was 1 Km away from the golden average of 30 Km/h (i.e....

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DAY 139 🚴🏼‍♂️ Today was a pretty big step towards my big race on September 21st. A 5 hour ride, with strong wind and adverse weather conditions, puts the mind as well as the body to test. A very strong negative split (last half faster than first half) gave me the confidence that I can cope with a long and fast cycle and still have the energy to drag myself forward through a marathon. The 11 hours...

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DAY 138 ‘Fartlek’ is the Swedish word for ‘speed play’, and describes a form of continuous training where periods of fast running are intermixed with periods of even faster running. In my personal dictionary, Fartlek is synonymous with pain and burn  No wonder this is my face after the session, no energy is left for...

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DAY 132 FIRST RACE DAY. Today I competed in my first ever race at Dorney Lake Olympic Triathlon, i.e. 1.5 Km swim, 40 Km cycle, 10 Km run. I set out in the early morning with my waterpolo team mate Howard, who joined the race last minute to accompany me, to get to Dorney Lake, which is part of Eton’s grounds. Wrong directions (from the race organiser’s website!) took us on a detour which meant I basically run to the...

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