Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn

M35-39

Troublesome husband, Dad to Jack and Sam, Service Manager at NSPCC, Swim teacher/coach, Football Coach, 4x Ironman finisher.

Ambitions to go Sub 10hr @ Ironman distance (maybe 2019), get my GB squad kit which passed my by in 2018 and one day make it to the big island of Kona!

 

Recent Background & 2018 Season Review;

After a good result at Outlaw Half 2017 I wanted to take Triathlon more seriously and when considering who could help me achieve my goals Joe was a stand-out choice as he had done all the things I'd hoped to do (sub 10hr IM, represent GB & Kona). I had huge ambitions but with the right guidance I thought it could be possible.

The benefit began straight away as I stopped second guessing myself and just followed Joe's training plan and listened to his race advice. My first big race was London Triathlon Weekend Warrior, the format of doing as many triathlons and completing the furthest distance hadn't been done in London before. The race was fantastic, racking next to the pro's and competing against GB athletes and top level IM athletes for the whole weekend pushed he hard. Joe was on hand for race advice and I managed to win the whole event!

This was followed by good results at the back end of 2017 in shorter distance races and I had big ideas for 2018, particularly as the Limitless team was starting to grow with some great athletes coming on board and late season training rides lots of fun.

2018 was meant to be a big year for me, after my success in 2017 and race plans set for Lakesman Half, defending my title in London and wearing the GB kit at ETU Middle Distance European Champs. Unfortunately none of this was to be as I suffered a full rupture of my Achilles tendon in October 2017. Due to the location I was forced down the none surgical recovery route and i had to cancel all events booked for 2018. This left me very frustrated and at times in a dark place but thanks to some great support my wife, friends and the Limitless Family i soon started to look at the positives. Early on Joe realised the need for me to have a focus which was huge for me and it came in the form of a relay place at Lakesman. This along with constant messages, meeting socially and swim coaching some of the guys I was still able to stay involved. The other huge benefit Joe had arrange was support from Summit Physio, and early in 2018 I began my rehab with Andy who has unparalleled experience in this area and knew just how to motivate me and push me at the right level.

I missed training and racing a lot in the first half of the year but managed to stay sane by going along to support the team at all the races I could, swimming lots with Lakesman looming large and completing several coaching courses to increase my knowledge and skill in all aspects of triathlon. As steady pace cycling had also been a big part of my recovery I also set myself another target, and fulfilled a life long ambition to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats, being slightly crazy I would do this in 6 days rather than the usual 2 weeks.

Lakesman came round and it was great to see all the other Limitless athletes there competing. I had put pressure on myself to do well and knew that with the team we had there was a chance of us winning. I'd been swimming well in training but not having raced a mass start for a while or ever  done the swim in a relay I wasn't sure what to expect. I swam steady for the first mile or so then a scrap at the first turn boy woke me up a little and I swam hard to the finish, coming out of the water in around 7th with a quick transition handing over to Paul Dotchin to get out on to the bike in 4th overall and well in front of the other teams. A strong bike from Paul followed by a fantastic run from Joe had Team Limitless finish ahead of everyone in 9hr10. This result along with some fantastic achievements from other Limitless athletes meant it really was a memorable day.

I have now had the all clear to run but taking it steady and doing most if it on a treadmill.

My LEJoG experience was one I enjoyed in parts and suffered through in others. An easy start meant the legs felt good but a big crash on day 3 put everything in doubt. I'd planned my ride around IMUK so I could cheer on the Limitless athletes and other friends this also gave me a little rest and chance to assess my injuries. Watching the guys push so hard and suffer through inspired me to carry on and I set out the next day on a 200mile ride to Edinburgh, this backed up by 2 more hard days finally got me to John O'Groats as planned with a great sense of achievement, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally after the depths I had to dig to just to finish.

Looking forward I'll be back in some smaller triathlon races at the back end of 2018 and really look forward to an exciting 2019 with Team Limitless and Ironman Austria to conquer!

 

Limitless has truly become a family, Led by Joe and Ian all the team are top class athletes who are passionate, driven and unbelievably capable of achieving all their goals and helping others surpass theirs.