Meet the final Triathlon England blogger, James Wilson. A radio producer and former GB Age-Group Team Captain, follow his tale as he finds out what's in store this year...
I'm James Wilson and I work as a Breakfast Show Radio Producer at Capital FM in Manchester. I start work at 4:30am each day so I'm usually finished at work by lunchtime... and that's part of the reason I got into triathlon - all that spare time in the afternoon needed to be used up somehow!
I've been doing triathlon since 2011 with not a great deal of a swimming or running background. I'd always cycled, but I grew up racing motocross as my main sport.
Triathlon got a bit addictive and it quickly became an obsession since motocross. I went to watch my now coach Paul Savage (www.physio-coach.co.uk) at Ironman UK in 2012 and then signed up for the 2013 event shortly afterwards. I'd only done 2 sprint triathlons at the time, but I wanted to get involved with something totally out of my comfort zone and spent the next 11 months working towards that goal. I didn't tell anyone I was doing the race until a month before the cannon went off. I just wanted to go about my training and it wasn't until I knew I was in shape that I mentioned it to anyone.
I did ok for my first go and managed to qualify for the Great Britain Age Group Team for the European Long Distance Championship in 2014, which were held at Challenge Almere.
I’ll again be targeting the European Long Distance Championship this coming year, this time held at Challenge Weymouth, UK. I'll also be working towards the British Middle Distance Championship at Bala in June and filling my race calendar along the way with some standard distance races and the North West Triathlon Championships.
I'm not a member of a club and I do all my training on my own in Manchester, but I do work with my coach Paul who helps me out massively with plans and physio since I started taking this triathlon business a bit more seriously.
I've had a bit of a false start to the year so far, coming off a nasty bike crash in November which has hampered the winter training a little bit. I've been confined to the indoor turbo sessions until recently, but finally back in the pool now and working on that illusive winter base fitness before the hard graft really kicks in.
Watch this space for what 2015 has in store!