Written by Allyson Anstee


Allyson 1


In mid April, buzzing from my first sprint triathlon of the year I received an exciting email, telling me I’d won the Triathlon Plus magazine competition for entry to Staffordshire Ironman 70.3.  I was over the moon as IM 70.3 has been a dream event and long term goal since my first novice triathlon.  Last year I completed a novice, sprint and a tough standard distance event in the Lake District and definitely caught the bug! I had planned to do my first middle distance this September.

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The news was slightly scary with only 8 weeks to train, but having already done 2 half marathons – the Heartbreaker Half in the New Forest and Reading Half which I completed in 1h58m and 1h47m respectively plus another one in the diary I’m confident I can complete the 70.3 beating the cut-off times.  My base level of fitness is there as it’s my job as a fitness/studio instructor but sometimes that does make my own specific training slightly more tricky.  It can become a juggling act squeezing my sessions in, but on the plus side I’m taking part in 4 indoor cycling class sessions and other classes cover my S&C, core and flexibility work as part of my work.


I delayed my OWS swim start due to the frosty mornings and snow showers (BRRRRR) but did my first wetsuit swim and am feeling happy although the swim is my weakest part, I’m now looking forward to my first lake swim this weekend as the water temp has improved.  I don’t currently have an expected finish time, but will have an idea by the day I’m sure.  As part of my training I will be doing a standard distance triathlon Bank Holiday weekend in the New Forest.

 Allyson 2


Thanks to Triathlon Plus for giving me the most exciting opportunity!  The hotel is booked, and I will continue my last few weeks of training, feeling fantastic.