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Squad Athlete: Mike Davis

I am somewhat of a novice in the world of Triathlon, less than 12 months ago I decided to do an Ironman after watching one on holiday in Lanzarote in May 2017. I was almost 15 stone and unfit and decided on a challenge to do the same race in 2018.

 I started training upon my return at the beginning of June, I was a swimmer in my younger years, I have done a bit of Mountain Biking, but sadly not really run since school, Im now 53. I struggled to start with but had good motivation to keep going, one of my biggest problems is the amount of contradictory information out there regarding swimming cycling and running in the general media.

I slowly started to get better at all three disciplines and enjoyed the exercise and the weight loss. Around November 2017 a friend of mine had ticked like on an FB page for a squad called Do3, I had a read of the page and decided to give them a go as they cover bases for Stratford upon Avon Warwick and Solihull.

I can honestly say that was probably one of my better decisions, I instantly felt welcome and within a few sessions had made new friends I felt Id known a lot longer than I actually had, not only is the coach very knowledgeable and always on hand for advice, but the squad is a wealth of knowledge and experience, from newbies like me to seasoned age groupers representing there respective countries, the encouragement and camaraderie is second to none and I can quite honestly say if I hadn’t joined Do3 I would not be in with as good a chance of completing my Ironman as I am at the moment, my swimming is faster my cycling is faster and my running is massively improved. I now feel I am getting the right advice and structured training to achieve my present and future goals. Swimming Cycling and Running with a group of like minded friends makes the hard training easier and more enjoyable, Im hooked on Triathlon.​

I suppose you could say the old cliche…..if Carlsberg did Tri Squads  

Do3 Athlete Profiles

We have a wide range of abilities within Do3 Squad, ranging from Pro's to newbies. Our athletes have a wide range of reasons for taking part in the sports we love and being involved in the squad. Some want to be super-competitive and win races and some simply want to stay fit and train alongside their squad-mates. If you are still unsure about whether you will fit in, take a look at some of our athlete profiles below. They are in no particular order, some are individually coached athletes and some are members of the wider squad. 

Squad Athlete: James Hartwright: view details

I’ve been doing triathlons for ages - ever since winning a saddle for coming 5th in an Ironkids event in 1988!  I’ve grown up with triathlon from the early days of garish swimming trunks and baggy vests through to super-aero sleeved trisuits and various fashion crimes in between!

Squad athletes: Sally Abell and Katriona Collins: view details

As two of the older women in the squad - they are 57 and 58 - Sally and Katriona have always been active, cycling regularly, running occasionally, walking miles and playing other sports (golf and tennis). When a friend challenged Sally to do a triathlon two years ago, it was the swimming that put her off. So she signed up with Do3’s swim squad and has improved from a spluttering half length of front crawl to being able to swim 50+ lengths in the hour-long sessions.

Coached Athlete: Paul Nash: view details

At the age of 50, I wanted to do an event to raise money for Cancer Charity, so I entered a “Super Sprint Triathlon” on the South Coast. It was a Sea swim, and too be honest I stood on the beach start line, 17st and nervous, wondering what I had entered. Well I struggled to swim 200m in the sea,  pedalled like mad on a “Mountain Bike” and got nowhere fast, and jogged and hobbled on a 2.5km run. It was not the fastest time, but I sat on the beach afterwards feeling totally elated and completely hooked, on the sport of Triathlon.

Coached Athlete: Andrew White: view details

My relationship with sport had always been a tick box mentality until I joined Do3. This way of thinking had led to me to doing many bucket list sporting challenges; swimming Alcatraz, swimming from Asia to Europe and Europe to Asia, running the full moon marathon in Norway under the northern lights and most recently completing Marathon Des Sables. 

Coached Athlete: Mike Willers: view details

I stopped playing rugby in 2012 when I hit 40 and things started hurting too much! I was a bit lost without any sport in my life until my brother raced a 70.3 event at Port Macquarie in Australia in 2015

Squad Athlete: Paul Squire: view details

Unlike the more serious athletes in the squad, I don’t have huge aspirations in the sport, but enjoy training with a great bunch of enthusiastic people. I’m keen to improve my fitness and hopefully keep chipping away my swimming CSS pace. 

Squad Athlete: Mike Davis: view details

I am somewhat of a novice in the world of Triathlon, less than 12 months ago I decided to do an Ironman after watching one on holiday in Lanzarote in May 2017. I was almost 15 stone and unfit and decided on a challenge to do the same race in 2018.

Squad Athlete: Guy Bicknell: view details

I’ve been training and competing in Triathlon since 2010 when I took up a new challenge with the Rugby Sprint Tri after feeling I’d achieved all I could in running and losing motivation.