DUATHLETE James Speight competed among the best in the World Games in Cali, Columbia in July of this year.
And though he may not have got the result he was hoping for, he is happy with the experience of competing against some of the world’s best.
Our Sports Personality of the Month for July was competing in a stadium of 40, 000, and the of Belnaleck-born athlete had, in April, finished fourth in the European under-23 duathalon.
“July on a whole was a successful month with the World Games,” he said, upon receiving the award.
At the time, training included 60 – 70 miles a week, 10 hours plus on the bike – as well as core gym sessions, and drill.
The World Game were between July 25 and August 4 in and saw a plethora of the world’s finest athletes come together.
“I didn’t get the result I wanted which set me back a little bit but the experience as a whole was very beneficial from myself moving forward,” James reflected.
“There were a lot of people that helped me get there, especially my sponsors, Lakeland Bikes, training partner – Mark Hoy who’s having a brilliant year so far, and also my family – my mum – I wouldn’t be here without the family.”
Since then, James has taken a bit of time off and is beginning to work back into his duathalon season which mainly takes place towards the beginning of next year.
“I’m just building back into the season now. My first cross country race was on Sunday but my main duathalon season starts in April where I’ll hopefully get to the European championships in Holland.
“For now it’s about building the miles – I’m lucky to have a good group with me to get my into shape. At the moment it’s about building a big base for the summer.”
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