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Stuart Lumb: JSSV rides again!
Posted by: jetsetsupervet
Posted on: Thursday 11th June 2015


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It's been a while since we heard from Jet Set Super Vet, Stuart Lumb, but we were pleased to hear that the often Lanterne Rouge has recovered from his health-induced break in 2014, to be back in to racing action this year.

He's been busy too, with the Dales Duathlon, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Speedy Beaver Triathlon testing out his body already in 2015


Back on the road again... and in the water

Thanks to various health issues – in particular the slight matter of a DVT in my right thigh - JSSV took an enforced break from competing in 2014. I was allowed to start training again last October, so hit the gym thereafter on a regular basis. My first race for 18 months was a local event , the Dales Duathlon, on Easter Sunday, organised by Humber Triathletes. This was the second year it's been held and merited a larger entry... Yorks/ Lincs readers please note! The bike split was quite lumpy but it was on my training circuit so that held no fears, the runs were a different matter though. I reckoned the race would take me three hours, in fact. I managed it in 2:30:21. I was 'lantern rouge' as usual but I was just happy to get round and finish, in one piece.

I enjoy my biking and got to see the first two stages of the Tour De France last July. Thanks to the amazing support shown by the Yorkshire public, we now have the Tour De Yorkshire and this included an Etape on May 3rd. Around 6,000 cyclists took part over three distances and myself and local buddy, Shawn, opted for the 108km event. What I had missed in the small print was that we went out before, not after, the pro's, so cut-off times were in place! Three hours of solid rain didn't help but I got round and didn't suffer too much afterwards.

Stuart Lumb

I then remembered that I'd entered the 'Speedy Beaver' on May 17th which would involve swimming and running and of course a bike split, but that discipline was not a worry for me, although I had to adjust to biking just 23k after doing 108k two weeks previously. The setting for the race was delightful, in the parklands of Belvoir Castle and we were blessed with a sunny day. Just Racing put on two days of events and it all went very smoothly, so thanks guys for a good day's racing.

Stuart Lumb

The lake at Belvoir is quite swallow – in fact it's only about 1.5m deep, which meant the water had warmed up to 13°c plus standing up to clear goggles is quite easy! My wetsuit had come out of hibernation unscathed plus it still fitted me, and at 8am prompt off we went. My sighting went well, much to my surprise and I came out of the lake with 11 athletes behind me. I was puffing and blowing a bit as it's quite an (uphill) slog from the lake to T1. Found my bike (!) and set off proudly wearing my new Lazer Helmet, courtesy of Danisco – now Du Pont. I enjoyed the bike split in spite of a vicious headwind and returned in front of 17 other competitors. I splashed out two years ago on a Planet X N2A, and whilst generally it's a great bike I just can't get on with the SRAM gear train.

Now the moment of truth! Bike shoes off and on with my new glitzy Saucony trainers, made up of a bit too much plastic for my liking. The run course was a 5k out-and-back affair, with a slight climb (which was far from slight for my legs!). I try and exchange friendly banter with fellow athletes on the run and happened to swap some words of encouragement with a blonde haired young runner. I thought no more about it until back at the finish said young lady, Lisa, told me she was a former student of mine, in a previous life. Shucks, can't go anywhere...! My 'run' was terrible. I beat just ONE athlete and he was 80. So, it's back to the drawing board. I always have been a “carthorse”, plus my left hamstring plays up a lot, but I must focus more on my running. I remember my school days and being told to spend more time revising weak subjects than revising topics I liked and the same applies to triathlon training. Swim -bike events would suit me down to the ground but there are only a few of them on the race calendar. Many more needed, race organisers please note!

Stuart Lumb

I've quite a few races lined up this season, so just hope I can steer clear of injuries. On Aug 2nd I'm taking part in the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100, and raising money for BLISS, the premature baby charity so if anyone's got a few bob to spare, the link is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/STUARTLUMB. All contributions gratefully received.

In conclusion, race safely and wear bright clothing when biking. Black is fine, for funerals...


Stuart Lumb About the Author

Stuart Lumb lives in God's County - Yorkshire, where else.. took up triathlon when most of his peers were packing in. Works abroad a lot hence christened "Jet Set Super Vet" by a Barracuda club mate. Also enjoys competing in cross tri / XTERRA events - did I hear "Crazy JSSV"? But, you only live once...


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