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Wiltshire Trains with Brownlees in Yorkshire

Planet X Triathlete and Southern softie; Harry Wiltshire took a trip to the North to find out what makes a champion.

Planet X Harry Wiltshhire with Brownlees in Yorkshire

Since my last update I've been off for more wacky races in Mexico and Korea, I've finished the season top 50 ranked in Europe and top 135 in the world.

 

On the course of my travels I found a stupid shaped bag and a helmet in your hand luggage means everyone wants a chat.  Question one, what are you doing? Question two, so how good are those Brownlee kids? The answer I'm afraid pretty incredible and at the moment pretty much unbeatable.

When the seasons in full swing it can be pretty much sleep, eat, train, repeat. The blinkers go on, the world gets forgotten about and replaced by a triathlon bubble. Conversely when the season is done there is usually some steam that needs letting off.

End of season is a chance to meet   up with all the people who have been ignored for 9 months, to forget about the geeky scientific stuff and enjoy a few parties and some miles with mates.

For the last few years the end of season ritual has included a trip up North to Planet X HQ for a catch up with the guys and to give back race bikes. With the weather having turned bloody freezing I was quite keen to get my mitts on some new winter kit, as well as check out the showrooms leather sofas, coffee machines and crazy bling builds.

Having driven 400 miles off the South coast and way out of my comfort zone I thought I'd take the plunge and keep heading up for a week in Leeds and some training with the Brownlees and their squad. I wanted to find out what their secret was too!

Spanking new Merino Planet X base-layer, Prototype rain jacket in bright yellow and a couple of short sleeve jerseys and I was ready for the Yorkshire moors.

So what's the magic trick up in Leeds? Well it wasn't very magic.
The boys were having a "reet laugh". We went to the pub. We went ice-skating; we ate pizza, scoffed chips and drank plenty beer.

I did 30 hours of training and pulled 400watt efforts up 20 percent climbs 2 hours into a 4 hour ride

We did long rides with long coffee stops with big grins on our faces. I did 30 hours of training and pulled 400watt efforts up 20 percent climbs 2 hours into a 4 hour ride, but it never felt like work it felt like a holiday with my mates. I get the feeling those boys have been doing that week in week out for 10 years and they love it.

At the Elite level, Triathlon is a very small sport and one of the best things about it is everyone looks out for everyone else. Triathletes tend to be great people, of course there is always some competition, but for a week in Leeds I wasn't killing myself to impress a performance director, I was having a laugh with the boys.

Athletes aren't normal. From what I've seen over the years the best athletes love the fact they aren't normal

Athletes aren't normal. From what I've seen over the years the best athletes love the fact they aren't normal.

A week in Leeds showed me the Brownlees are not normal and they love that fact. They are not normal both in terms of what they can do with their bodies and what they are prepared to do mentally. Why are these Northern boys winning everything?  From what I've seen they have bags of natural talent, they are fanatical about their training, they are consistent, they love what they are doing and they love the fact they aren’t normal.

I'm expecting some not normal training will get me some better than normal results.

Pkanet X Harry Wiltshhire with Brownlees in Yorkshire

18 November 2010

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