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Tri Liverpool 2016
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Tri Liverpool 2016

Race day dawned bright and clear with no wind. This was a big plus compared to the previous two years, when the rain and high winds had caused havoc. The organisers had remembered the weather – transition was indoors in the Echo Arena.

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Kona, The Final Frontier?
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Kona, The Final Frontier?

I’m not sure I ever truly expected to race on the Big Island. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to. As an athlete and fan of the sport it was always the dream and I promised myself and the “Kona Gods” I would not step foot on the island unless I qualified to race.

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Kona 2016 Race Report
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Kona 2016 Race Report

Kona isn’t just the race itself, but the whole show – the experience of all that’s good and ridiculous about…

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HSBC Olympic Eton Dorney Sunday 18th September 2016
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HSBC Olympic Eton Dorney Sunday 18th September 2016

Have you noticed how not all text alerts are equal? Some ping in, in such a way that you know…

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Back to back Ironmans
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Back to back Ironmans

Ironman is a stupid enough way to spend a day at the best of times – so racing Zurich four…

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Women only Shock Absorber race report – by Nellie Hodgson
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Women only Shock Absorber race report – by Nellie Hodgson

On the 10th July, I competed in the Women only Shock Absorber race in Eton Dorney. It was an all…

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Ironman Austria 2016 – race report by Paul Burton
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Ironman Austria 2016 – race report by Paul Burton

Almost as soon as I had crossed the line at Kona last year then I knew my goal for Austria…

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Cotswold 113 middle distance triathlon, 12th June – race report by Andy
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Cotswold 113 middle distance triathlon, 12th June – race report by Andy

This was my second ‘half ironman’ distance event. The course showed as pancake flat so would never get easier (that’s…

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Steve McCann Race Report – Windsor Triathlon, Standard Distance, 12th June 2016
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Steve McCann Race Report – Windsor Triathlon, Standard Distance, 12th June 2016

I did only one standard distance last year, so time to up my game and the first of this years…

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Eton Sprints Sunday 22nd May – Race Report by Steve McCann
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Eton Sprints Sunday 22nd May – Race Report by Steve McCann

First open water sprint race of the season for me and Judy, a day of sunshine, optimism, a new Tri…

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Kona 2015 – See, Paul, I told you you could do it
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Kona 2015 – See, Paul, I told you you could do it

Read Paul's brilliant account of what it takes to race the epic Kona Ironman. If you've ever wondered what it's like to race Kona, this is a must read.

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Triathlon World Age Group Championships 2015 Chicago
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Triathlon World Age Group Championships 2015 Chicago

Two Optima members took part in this set of events last month. Gill Sanders competed in the Elite Women for…

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