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Preview: The Immortal Triathlon
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Posted on: Wednesday 13th May 2015


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This weekend plays host to the Immortal Triathlon (www.immortalsport.com) at Stourhead, Wiltshire. Race director Steve Elliot and the team at Immortal have a reputation for providing one of the more challenging events with comments last year, in their inaugural event, that the “climbs were savage”.

Set in the National Trust’s portfolio at Stourhead, the estate offers 2,650 acres of land with a lake swim fed by the River Stour. Competitors are treated to a “tropical” lake swim of 13/14 degrees and seasoned triathletes can expect a bike route to challenge through Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset.

The run provides a mixture of 50% tarmac and 50% gravel / trail through the estate’s idyllic land and past Palladian mansion. With race options from sprint distance to a half iron distance; competitors can expect to be pushed like never before in a bid to become an “immortal” and make the finish line.

We have decided to send Tri Training Harder’s Ross Macdonald, a seasoned triathlete who suffered heart break earlier this year at IM 70.3 Kronborg, Denmark, where a puncture delayed him for 12 minutes and a podium place, who is looking to qualify at Staffordshire IM 70.3 for the World Championships in Austria.

With Tri Training Harder at 70.3 Kronborg

In a bid to challenge Ross and give him an idea of his fitness, he is going to take on the Immortal for us and Paul Hayward briefly caught up with him ahead of this weekend:

PH - How has your training build up to the Immortal been?

RM - I have incorporated British Military Fitness into my training this year. This has resulted in a stronger core and improved explosive power. I have also started using power when training on my bike; which has resulted in more sensible training rides in which I am cycling slower, for longer, leaving my legs fresher for when I want to put my marker down!

Ross MacdonaldMy running has taken a lot of precedence lately and I have been trying to work on this the most. This culminated in me competing at the London Marathon where I had the privilege of running alongside the incredible Paula Radcliffe for several miles! My running endurance is fine but I could do with a bit more speed work to tie things off.

I have not cycled or swam half as much I had hoped I would but that is the difficulty with having a full-time job!

PH - How you are feeling ahead of Ironman 70.3 Staffs and will the Immortal be a good indication of your fitness and ability there?

RM - IM Staffs is my first A Race of the year and I will be aiming to peak for this. However, I want to give a really good showing at the Immortal. It will be a great indicator and I will know what needs to be worked on for the next four weeks before tapering begins for Staffs. I also rarely go into a race without giving it my all, so I won't exactly hold anything back in reserve come Sunday!

PH - What are your strengths / weaknesses at the moment?

RM - My determination and grit get me through or over most things. I tend to be good at all three disciplines, rather than being great or poor in any of them. My big weakness is racing too much. I am just not able to say no to a race and this means I am never fully recovered or racing fresh. I just love racing too much!

PH - Immortal triathlon represents one of the newer / harder triathlons, what are you hoping for?

RM- New courses are great as no-one really knows what to expect. I am hoping for lots of hills and a competitive field. From what I have heard there will be both and I am really looking forward to testing myself this weekend.

PH - What kit you are going to use and if you are still experimenting?

I will be racing in my Champions System Tri Training Harder team kit, hydrating with High5 and riding a Felt IA2 bike (thanks to Athlete Service). Gordon, and his team at the Bosworth Clinic, have also been great with providing physio, S+C and nutritional advice.

Team Tri Training Harder

I am always experimenting and I don't think I will ever be able to get the perfect balance given all of the things I do each day, but I think that makes life more interesting and challenging when you do achieve.

PH – Thanks Ross, good luck this weekend!

 

Entries are still available for the Immortal here: http://www.immortalsport.com/event/the-immortal-half-2015/ and we will report next week on how Ross got on with the challenge to become an Immortal.

Team Tri Training Harder


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