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Tribesports User of the Week: Andrew T


Posted by Andrew T under Running, Cycling on 17 January 2013 at 12:00 AM

Andrew T profileWhat an exciting year you have lined up - can you take us through your big Challenges of 2013?

This year is very exciting and very scary indeed, focused around 2 multi-day Challenges. The first is in June titled 'Les tour de trois sommets nationaux' which involves running up and down the 3 national peaks of the UK (Snowdon 1,085m, Scafell 978m & Ben Nevis 1,344m) and cycling between them (~450 miles) in 3 days. It's a home-made Challenge I was invited to join, with 7 of us currently taking it on. The second is in July the organised London Edinburgh London (LEL2013) ride that quite simply required a cyclist to cover 1,400 km in under 5 days. It's a limited field of 900 international riders that will start in London, ride up to Edinburgh then after a bit of a loop head back to London. If I survive all that in one piece I have Berlin marathon in September, where I'm aiming to break the 3 hour mark for the first time. Last of all at some point in the year I hope to knock out the 1,000 push ups in 30 minutes challenge to keep me in shape!

Ben Nevis Summit

How are you planning to get that sub 3 hour marathon? Any tips for others looking to improve their time?

My marathon training will be untidy with the two big challenges getting in the way of perfect preparation. I'll only have 7 weeks at the start of August to focus on race preparation so I'm entered shorter faster races throughout the year to keep my speed up. I've started going to my local Bristol Parkrun which is a fantastic free 5km race every Saturday 9am. Tips for improving your time: train with varying intensity levels, interval sessions are hard but very effective; Stretch lots, stretch some more and build a routine that you can manage and enjoy; plan your race before race day, a negative split is most effective.

Will you and Rob R be racing on the London-Edinburgh-London Challenge or will you be working as a team?

I saw that Rob R has also taken the Challenge. I don't know Rob but I hope with all that distance there will be many opportunities to meet and chat!

Bike in Portugal

What's been your toughest Tribesports Challenge to date and which has been your favourite?

5 minute plank was easily the toughest at the time, I was shaking so violently at the end I couldn't see the timer! I had great fun doing the one leg standing with eyes closed (2 mins) - it seemed easy but I fell over numerous times.

Where in the world would you most like to complete a Challenge - any specific event you've always wanted to enter?

Andrew T running

I studied Geology, I do a lot of challenges to see the world, I'm inspired by natural wonders. I'm caught between doing a Challenge looking over the Grand Canyon or standing in the shadow of the mighty Everest. I've always wanted to enter the Marathon Des Sables because of it's brutal test of human endeavour and the New York marathon as I hear it's the only time you can see the city that way from foot.

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

A cheesy answer but one I connect with on that day because they've inspired me, made me laugh or helped others. If we're talking names Adrian K - never seen him say much but he's always bang on, Jed D for taking on tough challenges with me and Margaret W for being mum.

What's your favourite quote?

"We are the music makers,

And we are the dreamers of dreams" - Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1874