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Finally a blog with some race results!

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I finally have some good performances to write about! Haven’t written a blog in some time because I had my head down and working hard on getting my body back to where it should be, after all its only taken me about 2 years to get to where I am now. In my past blogs I have spoken about my injuries so wont go into too much detail in this one, its safe to say I am over them and back on track.

 So in the past few months I have been trying to pick up my running, so Michelle and I thought I should race a 10km on the road to see where I was with my fitness. I chose one local to me and that was the London 10km.

It was great because I was able to meet up with all my old running mates from where I grew up Mo Farah and Scott overall. I warmed up with Mo he was so relaxed, everywhere we ran people were calling his name, it was surreal because I know what he has achieved is amazing but I have known him since he was a kid when he was just getting started. He is now a superstar and It’s great to see how far he has come with all the hard work.

Mo

I didn’t know what to expect time wise for the 10km but to my surprise I ran a 30.58! I went out a bit too quickly going through 5km in 15.20 and blew up a bit but then came home strong enough to finish with a big bunch of guys, we were all very close together. This just showed me I was getting back to where I wanted to be and training was on track. Mo went on to win the race in a time of 29.13 and Scott Overall finished in 5th place in 30.31

Then I went back to training for a few weeks before heading out to Klagenfurt 5150 a non-drafting event on a tough hilly bike course. I had raced it before so knew the course and wanted to try to secure some more points ahead of the 5150 final in Des Monies later on this year. Thankfully I had a great race and came away with the win, I swam well but it was my biking that seemed to go really well on this day. I gained 2mins on the rest of the field with the World Long Course champion Bertrand Billiard before the run, so I knew it was going to be a good day. I felt good on the run as well and won the race comfortably from Ruedi Wild and Bertrand Billiard hung on for 3rd.

Stu Wins Klagenfurt

 Only one week later and a very local and familiar race to me, The Windsor Triathlon which also doubled as the British Triathlon Championships was on and I wasn’t going to miss it. It’s a race I have raced many times and was really looking forward to, I just wanted to make sure I had recovered in time from Klagenfurt. It is easy to over train between races but thankfully my coach knows how to freshen me up, so was feeling good for the race.

I had a great swim and my training partner Rich Stannard lead us out, Tom Bishop was right behind him and I was there as well. I had a good transition and was first out and we quickly formed a breakaway on the bike. We worked well together and kept the chase pack at 1 minute, I wanted to get into T2 first so kept the pressure on towards the end of the bike dismounting and out onto the run first.

 Stu & Tom Bishop

 I wanted to run hard to try to drop Tom as I knew he was in great shape but he went with me. Tom is a really great runner and after half a lap he hit the front and started to gradually pull away. He ended up taking the win and I was 2nd with Ben Shaw in 3rd place. I was really pleased with my result not only because I had backed it up from last weekend but also because I felt my form was coming back as well.

Stu Finish Chute Windsor

My training partner Emma Pallant Won the Elite Womens’ race, so it was a great day for Team Dillon Coaching.

The Team!

I’m looking forward to my next block of training, lets hope we get some nice summer weather. Thanks for reading, hope everyone is training and racing well.

Good luck!

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