It all started with a Cold Water Test study at Portsmouth University Extreme Environments Laboratory. The University were tasked with checking the ITU’s wetsuit guidance rules which required a 20-minute swim in 12, 14 and 16-degree water, both with and without a wetsuit. Our ability to perform various strength and coordination tasks followed the swim, and the effect of a reduced core body temperature was calculated. Sadly I haven’t been issued with the final results, but I can assure you I will always be wearing a wetsuit when it’s allowed!! Read about the 6 test sessions and twice getting hypothermic in more detail by linking to my blog here.
A great stretch of winter training, with consistency structured running meant both 13.1 mile and 10k PBs fell repeatedly in the run up to the start of the triathlon season. This combined with signing my first sponsors, Zone3, meant the season was ramping up to be better than ever. I had the pleasure of helping Zone3 on their stand at the TCR Show in Sandown, and was excitably took delivery of my very own top of the range Vanquish to use for 2015. Not only was it a great opportunity to help at the show, but after working with the amazing Sports Photographer Naomi Baker, I was able to present them with photos of their products, which I am pleased to say have been used in their marketing material.
Easter holiday presented a chest infection and a month of inconsistent training. A battle with will power followed knowing I had to keep the feet up to recover, but wanting to be out training to keep my fitness. Time trial results were sub standard and running felt like I had my head in paper bag. Finally seeing sense, I allowed myself to recover.
The end of May was the real kick off to the season when I flew out to Rimini for the European Middle Distance Championships, and my first GB Age Group representation of the year. Excited was an understatement as I stood in the starting pen with two of my mates and training partners. The run up to, and my race was fuelled by the Science Fitness product #glycosourse. Having met at the TCR Show, I became part of their Ambassador Club shortly after. Their products settled well in my stomach and helped keep the training intensity at its peak when needed. 4th GB athlete in my Age Group was definitely something I got excited about and meant my winter training and fuelling probably couldn’t have gone better.
A couple of local fun sprints were thrown in to keep the legs ticking over and keep some light hearted competition with my Southampton triathlon Club mates. This coincided with signing my main sponsor, JL Audio, having met their Managing Director through work, and got talking bikes!! JL Audio signed up helping me fund an expensive season, and couldn’t have come at a better time.
On to Deva Triathlon in Chester and my one and only World Championship qualifier of the season. 4 minutes quicker than last year and finally sub 2:05 for an Olympic distance gave me the opportunity to fly out to Chicago for the ITU World Championships in September. The pinnacle of Age Group representation shy of an invitation to Hawaii!!
Unsure whether I could get out to Chicago after the financial demands of a full season of driving and flying around the UK and Europe, my main sponsor, JL Audio, stepped in and presented me with their sponsorship contribution. Once I had come down from Cloud 9, my plane ticket and hotel were booked and the 6-week run up started.
What a city! Chicago has something for everyone and putting on the GB Tri Suit was as exciting as it was the first time last year. Another great race to finish up my tri season and great conditions to boot. Read my blog for the full story here.
Back to the UK and some fun events to finish off. Ride Wales in a Day was a 184 mile sportive spanning the length of Wales! We couldn’t have had a better day other than a few degrees warmer. Not a breath of wind all-day and rolling into Chepstow after just over 11 hours riding we were all happy to have completed it. An excellent event set up by Open Cycling who I would highly recommend. Prior to the event, KitBrix got back in touch with me (having met at the TCR show) and added me to their ambassador program. Through the mail arrived 2 of their really cool bags which do exactly what it says on the tin #keepittogether. My kit now lives in them!
October was upon me and it was time to watch Kona Live, ride with friends for pleasure, and make a start on my BTF Level Two Triathlon Coaching Course. Time to pass on some of my training knowledge to the Southampton Triathlon Club.
Winter is here, and having enjoyed a couple of months down time, December is time to get things ramped up again, get rid of the cobwebs and to knock out some easy miles.
A huge thank you to all of my sponsors for their help and assistance throughout 2015. It’s been an absolute pleasure to represent you at all my international events, wear your logos on my GB Tri Suit and help your brands wherever I can. Read more about my sponsors, my racing and training on my website, www.pauledmondstri.co.uk