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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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Chicagoland: Tall Buildings, Deep dish pizza & a big race
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Chicagoland: Tall Buildings, Deep dish pizza & a big race

I was delighted to get the hell out of freezing Edmonton and to lovely warm Chicago. There were 11 days between racing in Edmonton and then kicking off the grand final of the World Tri series in Chicago.

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Maddy races in the Diamond Tri
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Maddy races in the Diamond Tri

I am 13 years old and raced in the Diamond Tri at Eton Dorney on 6 September. This was my first triathlon after joining Optima in May. It was a sunny day with little wind so I was hoping for a good time.

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Painting Nottingham Red
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Painting Nottingham Red

The National Relays is an institution in the British triathlon calendar. Whilst Optima has been absent for a couple of years, the reinvention of the weekend with different formats (including new Team TT finals on Sunday!) saw us rock up to Nottingham with a total of...

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Steve takes 1st Place in AG at Bell Water Sprint – Race Report
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Steve takes 1st Place in AG at Bell Water Sprint – Race Report

Season 1, race 6, amongst the rolling hills of the South Downs, the Bewl Water Sprint. A field of 110 men climbed into the resevoir for my first mass start in open water.

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