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Andrew gets fitness ready for the Netherlands!

  • Mel Dent

Deputy IT Manager, Andrew Hobley of On Line Group is due to take part in the Maastricht-Limburg Ironman Competition.

42 year old Andrew who lives in Scunthorpe will be joined by his wife Claire, On Line Designs David Gibbs, along with a number of people from his local Triathlon Club on the 5th August where they will all be competing.

Unlike David Gibbs who has already competed in 3 Ironman competitions previously, this is Andrews first competition of this sort.

The course will consist of a 2.4 mile swim along the River Maas followed by a 112 mile cycle through Holland and Belgium, finishing with a 26.2 mile run through Maastricht city centre.

Andrew’s training began in earnest in January, following a December marathon, with pool swims twice a week and indoor cycling workouts a couple of times a week, all on top of the regular running he enjoys.

Andrew said, “The intensities soon began increasing with sessions building distances in preparation for the race, then came the “brick” sessions. This is where training sessions immediately follow each other in an effort to replicate the feeling experienced on the day of the event, go for a cycle then get off and change into trainers and go straight out for a run.”

As the weather has improved Andrew has been able to cycle to work in an effort to increase his base mileage, sometimes parking halfway and completing the journey on bike, and more recently, cycling straight through from Scunthorpe to Hessle or Immingham.

Again, improvements in weather have taken swim training outdoors also, donning his wetsuit and swimming at local venues to build in the distances without being constantly stuck in a pool.

Throughout this period of training, Andrew has competed in the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon where he improved his PB at this distance by 9 minutes, competed in local Club Championships where he won his age group, and swam, biked and run over 1800 miles in total.

Andrew is nervously excited about the upcoming event and this journey being completed. Due to the distances involved his goal is firstly to finish. He said, “If I can complete the course in around 14 hours I will be over the moon.”

“The biggest sacrifice I have made throughout the training has been reducing family time, with both Claire and myself training it has been difficult to spend time together with Freya. I’m looking forward to being able to reduce my training to more reasonable levels following this event, and have some quality time together.”

On Line Group would like to wish Andrew the best of luck in achieving his goals.