Tri 122 Costa Teguise

Running SB TRi122

Saturday 24th March the Tri122 triathlon right here in Costa Teguise, next door to Sands Beach Resort. So great to have such a special race right on the doorstep. A really brilliant course, lovely swim in Las Cucharas, then an epic bike course to Orzola then back to Tabeyesco and up to the top, then whiz along back down and around to Costa Teguise and then run all along the promenade of Costa Teguise.

Well done organising a wonderful event!

And a special well done to all Tri Activ team racing. Jason Wilkes, Paul Rodbourn, Paul Kay, Michael Lavender, Marcos Knight, Adrián Rodríguez Hernández, Mike Gardner, Samuel Felipe and Brian Timmons !

Thank you to everyone for the great support out on the course for everyone out there!

Thank you James Mitchell for the great photos as always.

Also thankyou to Zone3 for the wetsuit to help me come out in the lead. Then My AIrstreeem/English Cycles bike combo (until the Airstreeem custom bike is ready 🙂 ) And the OnRunning shoes to help me get to the finish line is 1st place.

And a big thank you to Sands Beach Resort for there continued support of Tri Activ and triathlon 🙂

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New blogs at: http://blogs.teamtbb.com/stephenbayliss/

I can’t seem to migrate my blogs over from my teamtbb blog, so I am just updating the www.teamtbb.com one.

You can see them here: http://blogs.teamtbb.com/stephenbayliss/

or the link on my page on www.teambayliss.co.uk

Thanks for reading:)

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Who’s the boss?

Who's the boss?

Brett with assistant coach Charlie:)

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Mummy swimming hard!

Mummy swimming hard!

Beautiful pool in Gran Canaria.

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Challenge Barcelona

On Sunday I did Challenge Barcelona.  This was to be my 4th Iron Distance race in the last 7weeks with a half distance race thrown in there too.  So I knew going into the race that this might be a long shot,  but I still felt confident of gettinga  top 5 result and picking up a decent pay cheque.

On race day the weather was lovely, warm, sunny and fairly still wind.  I had a good swim coming out in the front group, then had a good bike coming of the bike in 2nd with Anton Blokin, we had a 5min 30sec gap to 1st and we had about the same to a big group behind.

From the start of the run my legs didn’t seem to be there,  but I persisted and picked up the pace in the 2nd 10km, but then I faded and really had nothing, I eventually called it a day at the 30km mark and walked back to the hotel with Bella and Charlie.  I was dissapointed,  but I had given it my best shot and I guess this last 2months of racing has tired me out. 

The finish at Challenge Vichy, with Bella and Charlie waiting for me. The high point of my race season:)

I have raced 6 Challenge races this year.  It has been a really good experience, every one of the races has been well organised and a great advert for triathlon.  Thank you to Felix and Kathrin Walchshoefer of the Challenge organisation for being at all the races and being so welcoming  to me and every competitor into the Challenge Family:)  I need a bit of a rest just now so it might be next year till I do my next Challenge event, but I can’t wait!

Charlie the aero tortoise!

Bella, Charlie and I are back to Switzerland now and I am enjoying some easier training, which I will do for a while to recopperate.  Bella is really getting going now with her training, so I can look after Charlie a bit more while she gets stuck in to it.  Charlie is doing great and growing all the time.  He likes coming swimming in the morning and watches us swim very intently, and it often looks like he is assessing everyones swim strokes:)

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Challenge Henley

Running the best I could. But not very good:(

Sunday was the first ever Challenge Henley.   And it was a great success.  Not so much for me:)  But for the inaugural race it went really well and was a great credit to all at the Justracing crew and everybody else who was part of helping out.  Aid stations were great, with very enthusiastic volunteers all doing a great job keeping all the competitors going.

My race went ok.  Swim was good,  I lead the whole way with Aaron and another lad just behind, we had a good 7mins to the rest of the male pros.  Onto the bike and I rode ok.  Eventually losing about 3mins to Aaron but with a good gap on the rest behind.

Onto the run and I pushed on the best I could and I caught Aaron just after the half way mark, unfortunatley, Peter had also caught us both.  My energy was dissaperaing and I kept pushing on the best I could but it wasn’t very good, but it was the best I could do.  I finished 4th.

I would have loved to have won.  But if you are not good enough on the day then you are not good enough.  Well done to everyone who was competing on Sunday.  It was a great event to be a part off.

Next stop Challenge Barcelona in 2 weeks time.

At this moment I am just really looking forward to getting back to Bella and Charlie, it really is no fun being apart. xx

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Cycle to Gerardmere, race and ride home.

Since Challenge Henley 2 weeks ago I have had a good recovery and started to get in some good training again. In fact with my training buddies from Team TBB; Aaron Farlow, Dave Dellow and Caroline Steffan, we have decided on a special training plan for this week and weekend. On Wednesday we all left on our bikes for Gerardmere France so we can race the Half distance on Saturday.

Bella trying to get up to date with emails, whilst holding Charlie:)

It is 300km from Leysin, so we decided it would be a great ride over 2days. Bella and Charlie went in the car, Bella driving with Charlie in the car seat in the back. Charlie quite likes driving so was fairly content for most of the journey.

Wednesday night was spent in Pontalier France, I had a big Mac meal and 9 chicken nuggets for dinner to fuel me up for the next days 168km ride to Gerardmere.

We had great weather over the 2 days and it was really nice roads to ride, quiet and beautiful scenery. We all arrived to Gerardmere at about 2pm Thursday, we went straight to registration then to the hotel to relax and recover.

Friday will be spent loosening up and getting ready for the race. Saturday will be race day, Sunday we will watch the short race and recover from our efforts. Then Monday will will start our ride home.

I have competed in the Gerardmere triathlon a few times now. It is a really great race with great organisation and in a beautiful part of France. It seems to always be sunny and warm for the race, hopefully it will be the same on Saturday. It is always a strong field, and this year along with my Team TBB buddies, there is also Faris Al Sultan, Mathias Hecht and Silvain Sudrie among others to compete against on Saturday, so it will be a good hard half, with a tough course and tough competitors.

Bella and Charlie will be out on the course supporting us all. Bella, I think is starting to get itchy feet wanting to get back to it. With the extra strength that comes with pregnancy she will be coming back better than ever I predict:)

2 weeks after this race I will be doing Challenge Henley, it will be great to race so close to home. Looks like it will be a good tough course and a great location for a triathlon.

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