With only 5 weeks to go the training is being ramped up and the early mornings and late summer evenings are providing great opportunities to hit the bike. Sunday morning long rides means a 5:30am start so I can be home for breakfast with the family but I am feeling tired. Normally my race season would finish with the European Championships in May and so these added few months into August means I have to try to stay fresh and focused and injury free.

As most of you will know representing your Country and Team GB is a proud moment in any sports persons career. It takes hard work persistence, dedication and support and in some cases deep pockets. Triathlon is often seen as a sport for those well off but that isn’t the case and Triathlon England have done a great job through some local clubs of running  their Go Tri  events series to give people of all ages the opportunity to have their first foray into Triathlon.

I have been fortunate to form some great partnerships and this year I am hoping to be supported by the Royal Mail Sports Foundation (applications were 4 months late in opening ),  Contour  Cycles of Stevenage who will be tweaking my Giant Propel in a few weeks ensuring everything is in tip-top condition before flying to Canada, oh and have supplied my ultimate race shoes. ( Thanks Stoph ) 😉

I am also excited to announce I am an Athlete Ambassador for RaceCrate an exciting new concept of a subscription service offering energy, protein and recovery products, clothing accessories and vouchers.

The RaceCrate team are all fully qualified fitness professionals with a passion for all things endurance! They noticed a huge gap in the market to release a monthly subscription crate that allows athletes to sample market leading product, receive free clothing and accessories and also discounts from the UK’s renowned endurance events. They are working very closely with the industries biggest names to bring you a box full of value at a fraction of the price. We aim to blow you away each and every month.

I have received my first two boxes and they are outstanding value for money as you can see from the images below.

Not only are they jammed packed and well presented, but as you can see there is a wide variety of products from across the market for you to sample and enjoy. I am also looking forward to seeing the sports clothing range due for release soon. In the meantime I am looking forward to wearing my GB Kit with pride in Canada.

2017 race kit

The total cost of the World Champs is around £2000 with the race entry face alone £230 so I’ve set up a fundraising page and although it’s not really had any success there is still 10 days left if you wish to donate. Duathlon World Champs fundraising

Whilst the World Champs is only a few weeks away and most of us are thinking about race plans, nutrition and the weather forecast there is a more concerning matter to hand. Recent temperatures in British Columbia have hit up to 37c in some areas and whilst I’m looking to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and local hospitality, there have been a large number of Wildfires in recent weeks and days, my thoughts go out to the inhabitants, residents BC Fire Service and Forestry personnel and hope that everyone stays safe.

Penticton Western News