Meet a fellow triathlete – Chris Stocks

Well, to save me having to write my own blog post, I’ve enlisted the help of a friend and fellow triathlete to fill up a post by answering some questions with some interesting answers. I’ve chosen friends who don’t have blogs so we find about about those that may not already share much of their triathlon journey.

In my first such ‘Q&A’ style post, I’ve chosen Chris Stocks. I’ve known Chris for a few years as a fellow parkrunner and, more recently, as a fellow triathlete although he’s competed in triathlon for about 10 years.

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Chris is a regular volunteer at both Eastleigh parkrun and Southampton junior parkrun. He’s a quick runner who’s competed in many local events. A few weeks ago, he was the Race Director for the Braishfield Beer Run.

I put a list of questions to Chris and he was quick to respond. So, here you go…

What do you do when you’re not competing or training?

I am a dad and a grandad so getting to see everyone and keeping up with who is doing what and when keeps me on my toes. I try to help friends out with planning targets for their training and get involved with parkrun as much as I can. Watching the Juniors really inspires me.

How long have you been a triathlete?

My first triathlon was in 2004 and since then I have managed about 28. I have stepped up a bit in recent years with more friends joining the sport.

What got you hooked on triathlons?

I am not a fast runner, I am not a fast swimmer, I am no Bradley Wiggins and have very little talent but I am determined and have good endurance. I see 3 chances to do better as a bonus.

Who are your triathlon inspirations?

I’m sure you are expecting me to say Brownlows and I am always amazed by them. I am going to say Barbara Metz Lindquist. She was in the 2004 Olympics and was just awe-inspiring.

What have you been particularly proud of achieving in triathlon?

I have a history with open water swimming and had to overcome some serious fears and memories. I am proud I can swim in open water.

What does your typical training week consist of?

I won’t bore you with it all but it goes a bit like this:-
M run
T swim run bike
W rest
Th swim bike run
F bike
S run
Su compete or watch others compete.

What’s your favourite triathlon discipline and why?

My favourite discipline is the run because you get to finish and feel amazing.

What’s your least favourite triathlon discipline and why?

The run because it is the hardest for me and hurts the most.

What triathlon targets do you have in your sights?

I want to complete an Ironman. I may never get there but I will never stop chasing it.

What’s your favourite triathlon event (e.g. sprint, Olympic, Half or Full)?

I love sprint. It takes me around 1:20 or less and suits me best.

What’s your favourite triathlon event so far?

My favourite event so far has to be Cotswold Super Sprint because I had lots of friends in the race with me and I was really lifted by that.

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If you could share one triathlon tip or secret to success, what would it be?

Relax !

What’s your favourite triathlon related gadget, piece of equipment or web site?

I use MTV/x clips on my shoes
Mountain bike peddle clips. Smaller, stronger and adjustable.

What’s your next triathlon and what are your goals for that event?

Eastleigh Open Water 29/6/14 sub 1:20 and faster transitions.

So, there you go. We regularly see Chris at local events and now you know a little more about his triathlon journey to date.

If you’d like to share your story (especially if you don’t have a blog where you’ve shared information before), please get in touch. Otherwise, I may well ask if you meet the criteria!

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