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Graham Wadsworth

Xterra and Long Distance Triathlete

I started doing triathlons in 2002 whilst at university in Nottingham. Things quickly progressed when I qualified for my first Xterra World Championships in Maui later that year.

 

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I spent the next few years competing at various distances in both road and off-road triathlons whilst at University until finally trying my hand at racing the Ironman distance. In 2007, I came 2nd in my age group at Ironman NZ and qualified to compete in the 25-29 age group at the Ironman World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii. In the same year, I also qualified to race at the Xterra World Championships held in Maui, Hawaii where I won the silver medal in my age group.

In competing in both these races, which took place only two weeks apart, I won the amateur ‘double’ an award for the fastest combined time in Ironman and Xterra. Although I did well at Ironman, my silver medal in Xterra made me realise that I had the potential to achieve in that side of the sport so I started racing as a pro on the Xterra European Tour.

I am inspired every day in the gym by my clients at www.mylifept.com. Their athletic accomplishments amidst full time work and family commitments never cease to amaze me; from losing 10 stone to finishing their first 5km fun run.

My training program varies greatly throughout the year depending on my current objectives. My favourite sessions in each discipline would have to be the following:
Swimming: 40x50m on increasing rest intervals
Biking: Riding the local off-road tracks in Bristol when the trails are dry and super fast, doing sets of 10sec MAX sprints/10sec easy, as many times as I can fit in!
Running: Hill reps, nothing brings on the strength endurance needed for Xterra races like hitting a hard hill again and again…

Achievements

  • 2007 Hawaii Ironman / Xterra

    Amateur Double World Champion

  • 2009 Xterra World Championships

    18th overall

  • 2010 Xterra European Pro Tour

    10th overall

  • 2010 British National Cross Triathlon Championships

    Bronze medal

  • 2010 Men’s Fitness Tough Tracks Triathlon

    1st

My Training Plan

"Since using USN products in 2011 I have significantly improved my performance in Xterra Triathlons and in particular my endurance towards the end of the race and my run splits. I've taken 2mins of my 10km run PB aswell!"

Graham on USN Life