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Ironman Nice 2017

Tom Galer ran a Marathon in support of the Brent Centre in 2015. Since then he has done a Triathlon and is now training for an Ironman! Here Tom shares his journey:

Race Report: Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon – 3rd July 2016                                           (1.9k Swim / 91k Bike / 13k Run)

Training

Having previously competed in a number of Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons I knew how difficult it would be to attempt my first ever middle distance triathlon. It gave me the fear I needed to ensure I had a training schedule (up on the wall in the spare room) to tick off each session.

I started building training up once 2016 started but the main plan started 12 weeks out, 6 sessions a week, 2 sessions of each discipline (Imperial’s Ethos 25m pool is great by the way). Over the course of the 12 weeks I swam 48km, biked 1,483km and ran 239km. I felt prepared, if I wasn’t I knew I’d never be!

Swim

On the morning of the race, the water was still (ideal for a sea swim – which I’d never done before) and the 113 competitors were off at 7am.

The swim went well, I tried to relax into it and be as fresh as possible when exiting; as relaxing as 113 people in wetsuits flapping around can be. I didn’t get hit or kick anyone I don’t think, I came out of the water in 33:24.

Bike

The bike course is one large loop and undulating around the countryside outside Weymouth, (over 2,500 feet of climbing), but having been down the month before to do a rec’y with a friend I was in confident mood.

As it was quite a small event competitors were quite sparse with minimal supports which made it harder to stay focused at times. I kept to my nutrition plan, making sure I ate lots, with trusty peanut butter sandwiches and gels. I completed the ride in 2hrs 59mins, which was a little too fast for my liking, I was going to pay!

Run

You could say things started to go downhill during the transition from bike to run. I forgot to take my helmet off, thanks to the volunteer for the reminder, which subsequently meant I forgot my gels and this impacted my mental state (you are pretty tired by this stage).

The run was basically two laps which was better from a competitor perspective as there were both the standard and middle distance competitors running together. This was good for moral support but my legs weren’t so sure.

The first 10k wasn’t too bad, but the last 11k was horrendous and the sun started to come out, so the heat was unbearable. I didn’t walk at any stage and managed the run in 1hr 49 mins giving me a total time of 5hrs 27 mins.

Did this stop me ever wanting to do this again – No, I’ve entered Ironman Nice 2017 which is twice as far and actually has mountains, but I’ll be an IRONMAN, so it’s fine…..

Ironman Nice 2017

So on the 23rd July 2017 Tom will be challenging himself once again to complete his first Ironman. He has been there training and is excited for the big day.

Tom Nice

Tom is once more raising funds for the Brent Centre and we couldn't been prouder of his dedication and support. Here is his fundraising page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ThomasGaler

Good luck Tom!