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Article - 19 March 2012

Congratulations to Phil Mosley on winning the British National Duathlon Championships

Phil Mosley became the new British National Duathlon Champion at the Dambuster Race at Rutland Water on 10th March 2012 in 01:54:13 with a very nice 32:34 10km first run. The race format is 10k/42k/5k run-bike-run. We knew that Phil was in good shape for the event as I'd persuaded him to enter a little local duathlon race a few weeks earlier, just to test his legs, and he blew the competition away. Phil had been nailing his key run-bike-run brick sessions each week in training and so it was really just a case cutting some volume in his lead up the BND Champs, although this cut certainly did not qualify as a taper and he clearly has much more speed available. That makes me very excited for Phil's season because we have yet to any include any blocks of speed work in his training (which will certainly improve his movement economy as well as his ability to hang out at the higher intensities for longer) and this just goes to show that really honing in on quality in training execution, even at the lower intensities, is so so important. Here is how the race went in Phil's own words:

"I felt nervous in the days leading up to the race. Normally I'm fine, but the first race of the season is always more nerve wracking especially as I'd trained so hard and knew I could potentially win. In the event I felt strong throughout, and all the training I'd done over the winter had obviously worked. The only thing I struggled with was cramping on the bike and on the run. I'd made the mistake of not drinking enough, and my muscles were struggling to cope. When I think how dehydrated I'd be after a solo 10k run race or a 25mile bike TT, it seems ridiculous that I didn't drink at least two bottles of sports drink on the bike. Oh well, you live and learn. The aid station on the second run saved me, and a few cups of water sorted the problem.

Conditions were good, if a little windy and exposed in places. I tucked behind a group of six runners on the first 10k. I couldn't believe the other runners were perfectly willing to run at the front the whole time and take the wind. I'm glad they did, I might not have held onto the lead group otherwise.

I was really pleased with the result, as it feels like I've passed stage one of the project to become a pro triathlete. There's still a long way to go, but I have a good working relationship with my coach Garth, and a home and work life that are all conducive to training. The hard part will be to improve my swimming to the level required, but I will give it my all".

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