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Joe Skipper on his Ironman Bolton win

Joe Skipper is fresh off the back of a 1st place in the 2018 Ironman 2018 Event with a finish time of 7:55:34 and we’ve done a Q&A with the man himself.

He gives his thoughts on the event and also the Ultra Tri bike he was riding

Training pre-race – how did it go, were you confident?

 

My training pre race was ok, I had raced an Ironman 2 weeks previously so I never felt amazing but in the sessions where I did up the pace a bit I was pleased with the effort for the power/speed I was holding going into the race.

 

Pre-race prep routine – Whats your typical training day / rest day routine?

 

Pre race I don’t really have a specific plan, I’ll just keep myself ticking over and listen to my body.

A typical training day is pretty varied but genuinely I would swim first and then either bike or run later in the day. I might do all 3 sports or just two depending on the on the intensity.

Rest day routine is genuinely an easy swim and or bike/run. I have two easy days a week – Monday and Friday. I don’t tend to have days off but do have two easy days every week.

 

Reflection on the race – What went well? Any room for improvements?

 

I didn’t feel like I had that good a swim. I think I was lacking a bit in swim fitness. It was a non-wetsuit swim and I think practicing some swims like that in preparation for Kona would be beneficial. My bike was ok but I think I could push it harder and will definitely look to push it a bit more in Hamburg. I was pleased with my run as I felt strong throughout.

 

How did the bike perform?

 

The bike performed really well, it was comfy and I felt like I was holding good speed for the power on the flat parts of the course. For the race it was set up with syncro-shift which pre-determines which chain ring you’re on depending on rear gear selection – I’ll need to switch this up for hillier races, switching syncro-shift off so I have independent control of the front derailleur.

 

What’s next?

 

Ironman Hamburg in 2 weeks time.

 

Triathlon | Racing in Europe and learning all the time.

Team Ribble sponsored triathlete Ailbhe Carroll continues her international tri season in Poland in the European Cup Sprint Triathlon Series and makes all kinds of discoveries.

Well, they say that you learn something new every day. I travelled to Olsztyn, in northern Poland, with my Aero 883 for my second European Sprint Cup of the season at the end of May and my learnings were a bit of a mixed bag, but I can confirm the saying is true. Overall though at least I’m heading in the right direction! Continue reading Triathlon | Racing in Europe and learning all the time.

Team Ribble | Goodbye Cold Weather, Hello Summer!

Team Ribble sponsored triathlete Ailbhe Carroll is about to begin her 2018 tri season in Europe but an Aquathon in Ireland is now quite the warm-up she expected.

Hello again and thanks for coming back : )

This update was originally going to be a race report from France, but my original plans were turned slightly upside down and a new race had to be found! Over in Ireland I found the National Aquathon Champs, so home to the motherland I went.

Continue reading Team Ribble | Goodbye Cold Weather, Hello Summer!