I have always been a sporty person and at school I was always part of the usual teams football, cross country, basketball etc. I carried on as most boys do playing for local football teams around East Lancashire right up until my early 30’s. As the knocks started to take their toll on my body I was looking for something else to quench my thirst for competitive sport (something the body could take).
Knowing Rodger for some years I started doing some of the Wednesday BRIC sessions (Bike/Run), really just to keep active over the summer months but also with one eye on Triathlon. I wanted to know if this new upcoming sport was for me. 2011 was when I started these sessions, after doing a block of 10 and borrowing a bike I decided to buy one myself and carried on doing the BRIC sessions over the year. I also participated in some of the runs Rodger held under the Racepace banner and entered some local running races. That winter I thought I’d enter a local triathlon which was in April 2012 (something to aim for over the winter). Since then I have never looked back. I am totally hooked on the sport, it is super addictive and I love the training as much as the racing (possibly not on some occasions).
I did some years on my own at the sport but I knew to progress I needed professional guidance……..a coach, someone who could get the best out of me and help me reach my goals. So in February 2016 I had a meeting with Rodger about becoming one of his Racepace Tri coached athletes, on leaving the meeting where we discussed me, Racepace and Rodgers coaching I knew I wanted to be part of the Racepace team, luckily Rodger said yes (my enthusiasm must have shone through). 2016 has been a great year for me so far, I have had a podium finish, placed well in some established triathlons and I am always at the business end when the results come out. To top it all off I have just come back from Mexico where I represented GB for my age group 35-39. When I woke up on New Year’s Day this year I would never have predicted all this.
For anyone wanting to improve and see how good they can become at triathlon then professional coaching is the route you need to take. I can’t sing highly enough about what Rodger has done for me. His dedication to multi discipline sports and his attention to detail with all his athletes has made me a much improved triathlete and it is still early days. Roll on the rest of 2017!
It is also worth mentioning that I have met some great friends through Racepace and have been to some wonderful parts of the country to train and race!