Elaine Garvican

Wild Boar Middle Distance Race Report

With Austria now 10 weeks behind me and Kona a mere 5 weeks away, another race seemed like a good idea. The chance for a win this season was too tempting to pass up on, so it was off to sunny Leicestershire for the Wild Boar Middle Distance, a small, friendly, multi-lap race in Market Bosworth. Although the calendar has …

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Ironman Austria, 2015

by Elaine Garvican When I entered Ironman Austria, I had 3 specific goals in mind: Sub 10 hours A Sub 3:30 marathon Kona Qualification There’s a certain amount of inter-connection between these three – historically, to KQ at Austria requires a sub-10; to go sub-10 I thought I would need a sub 3:30 marathon. I didn’t pluck any of these …

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A Tale of Two Halfs

by Elaine Garvican Another year, another IM training cycle. The early May bank holiday weekend was spent Fudgepacking, dragging the boys up every 20% incline (and many 30%ers) surrounding Ambleside. It was fun, it was hard work, but it was also pretty cold and wet, which are not really conditions in which I thrive. I like racing, so I tend …

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ETU Long Course Championships: Race Report

Elaine Garvican Having been one slot (although considerably more minutes!) away from Kona qualification at IMFrance earlier this year, I was on the lookout for an alternative race to close out my 2014 season. I considered the ITU World Championships, but the expense and logistical headache of getting to China was off-putting. The European Championships were taking place at Challenge …

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Interview with Lucy Gossage

Lucy Gossage is “the smiley one”. This year she’s had plenty to smile about, even if the enormous grin she wears whilst racing isn’t simply because she’s doing what she loves. A win at Ironman Wales 2013 opened up her 2014 KPR account, which she further bolstered with second in South Africa and another win in Lanzarote, securing her place …

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XTERRA England Race Report

Elaine Garvican XTERRA is a superb race series. It’s friendly, relaxed, well-organised and massive fun. It’s also far more than just an Olympic distance race on a mountain bike – don’t be fooled into thinking the bike section is simply rolling over a few lumpy fields! For XTERRA England, it was also the only chance to race on the beautiful, …

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le gendarme rit dans le gendarmerie

Ironman France Training has been mixed this year. My husband deployed to Afghanistan in March, which meant I could be as selfish as I liked with regards to training, as there was no-one else making (justifiable) demands on my free time. On the other hand, there was no-one else to shop, cook, clean or help with the myriad logistics of …

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Making Waves: Interview with Dean Jackson

By Elaine Garvican Watch a selection of pro-triathlon races, of a variety of distances and more often than not, you’ll see the first athlete out of the water wears a Huub wetsuit. Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Caroline Steffen, Harry Wiltshire, Emma-Kate Lidbury, Eneko Llanos and Richard Murray to name just a few – all frequently high-placing athletes who choose to …

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Elaine’s Monster Mojo Race Report

Monster Mojo Triathlon “Seriously, we could just do the bike in our wetsuits.” Standing in transition, Nick and I contemplated this idea for several minutes. It probably took us longer to think through the various implications because the cold was restricting blood flow to our brains. It was ridiculously windy and as a result, incredibly cold. The water was (allegedly) …

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Swimming by Numbers

by Elaine Garvican Swimming has always been by far my weakest discipline within triathlon. Although I learned to avoid drowning in a pool whilst on holiday as a child, it would be a stretch to say I ever really learned to swim. Like many, when I first took up tri, a continuous 25m length was a major milestone. I will …

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