Thank you for visiting Born to Tri, a website showcasing the training and challenges undertaken by myself, Alex, a novice triathlete from Swindon who has no background in sports and decided one day to take up the sport of three sports and is now hooked and supporting Macmillan with some great challenges.
Like most people who visit my site I am not a pro athlete, I am just an average guy with a full time job, young family and a passion for triathlon that I have to make time to enjoy. I am very lucky to be able to have met some great people and be supported by some great brands along this journey and look forward to filling you in along the way.
I have been dabbling with sprint triathlons since the end of 2014 and I have to admit its been great fun but a lot of hard work, harder than I thought it would have been if I am honest. In 2015 I met Blair Davies of Blair Davies Coaching and I told him about the passion I have found for the sport and also my goals for the future, one day I would love to race in a GB tri suit in an age group olympic distance race.
Blair has changed my focus in the sport and with his guidance and training I am now working hard on my Olympic Distance Racing
Get an insight into my world of triathlon
Blair Davies! The guy who is responsible for taking me out of my comfort zone and throwing me into distances I never thought I would want to go.
The training is not easy and sometimes you have to remember what your goals and just get on with it. I look forward to seeing what my training plans are each week and what Blair has planned for me.
The TT Bike
My Neil Pryde Baymo with Novatach R90 90mm Carbon Wheels was lovingly built by Macca at Tri-Hub in Australia and shipped to the UK!
I wanted a bike I could ride “out of the box” and could not find any supplier in the UK where I could order online and they would fit the bike to me and then sent it out. I had to send the Tri-Hub team a load of measurements and its fits like a dream. It’s built for speed and should take the round the courses in style.
One thing I love about triathlon is the tech that comes with it, my first sports watch was the Tom Tom Multi-sport but developed to many bugs so purchased a Garmin 310xt but quickly moved up to the 910xt & 920xt. I nowhave the Garmin Forerunner 935 and love it.
On the bike I had a Garmin 510 but wanted the wireless uploads I have become accustom to with my watch so purchased the Edge 810. I am always amazed how both the watch and bike computer just works and give me so much data. It also means I can have all my data sent straight to training peaks to keep the coach happy.
The Bike Team
Performance Cycles of Poulton are the ones charged with keeping my cycling on track by ensuring my bikes are in tip-top condition and also making sure I am as efficient and comfortable as possible by using dynamic bike fitting that uses lasers and power data to squeeze out every last drop they can.
The added benefit is I come off the bike feeling fresher and ready to run. I don’t understand all the data that comes out of it know it works and is really cool!
The Magic Berries
Blair introduced me to these little beauties. Proven to reduce DOMS, increase endurance, reduce fatigue, increase fat oxidation and promote recovery the New Zealand Blackcurrant is at the top of the #SuperFood table.
The ladies at Health Currancy have managed to squeeze the berries into little capsules that are simple to take. CurraNZ retail for £21.75.
Good nutrition is not just for professional athletes, working with a performance nutritionist can be the difference between giving your all in a training session or not completing it, getting to the finish in a race or keeping your body healthy when using it to the limit.
I am proud to have Invictus Performance Nutrition on the team to take charge of my nutritional intake and will be creating bespoke nutrition plans and also helping with performance analysis.