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Zone3 Partners With XTERRA UK and Offers Discount and Advice for the Race

Up and coming British triathlon brand, Zone3 just became and official partner to the XTERRA UK. In celebration of the partnership Zone3 is offering a 20% discount at its web store using the code XTERRA20 at www.racezone3.com/products.html.

Zone3 will also be on site at the August 30 XTERRA UK event at the Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey, England.

Also Zone3 has posted interviews with their athletes advice and thoughts on XTERRA triathlons.

From the Zone3:

XTERRA Athletes Share Their Advice, Aims, and Thoughts On The Sport Ahead of XTERRA UK!

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Louise Fox

Why Xterra?

I wanted a new challenge, a change of scenery (after 6 years racing road tri and duathlon), and perhaps the biggest motivator – to get away from bike training on busy roads.  After several collisions with wayward drivers, road riding was becoming a chore and even a fear, instead of something I looked forward to.

Proudest moment  in the sport so far?

Getting my first GB Elite selection – to race the European Champs in Germany last month. Within Xterra itself, my proudest moment was achieving my first podium (3rd place) in Xterra Spain.

What gets you through those gruelling training sessions?

I’m fortunate that I rarely struggle for motivation – but of course some sessions I enjoy much less than others! I get bored doing long mileage for example. It may sound strange, but being able to tick off everything that Jez (my coach) has set me, day by day, is satisfaction enough.

Ultimate aim through the sport?

For me it’s more about being able to live the lifestyle of a professional athlete – travelling to amazing places and making friends from all over the world. Just being able to line up on the start as a Pro has been my main goal – so in a way I’ve already achieved it!

However I still have plenty of room to improve, as I’ve only been doing the sport for 2 years. So I guess my ultimate goal would be to win an Xterra race on the World Tour.

#1 piece of advice for someone thinking of taking up Xterra?

Stop thinking about it – just enter one! I wish I had tried it sooner!

The biggest obstacle for most road triathletes, is either not wanting to spend money on a mountain bike, or worrying that their skills are not good enough. But you don’t need to spend thousands – the first mountain bike events ever I raced were on a £100 Halfords special with flat pedals and rim brakes! As I progressed, I rewarded myself with upgrades, but I felt I should earn these by improving my riding first.

As for the skills – I would encourage anyone to just have a go. It doesn’t matter if you have to get off and walk in places – you will be in the same boat as most of the field! It would be especially good to see more ladies racing off-road. In most countries women are quite a minority outside of the Pro field.

Zone 3 SeaLee Williams

Why Xterra?
I started out mountain biking in 1999 as a 14 year old but have always had a keen interest in Triathlon.  I remember watching it during the Olympics and being very aware of how hard it looked and feeling nothing but respect for the athletes even as a youngster.  By the time I got to elite level racing I had become aware of Xterra and knew that it was something I’d end up doing at some point as the off road nature was now making the whole Swim – Bike – Run even more appealing.  I’m quite surprised I’ve held out this long to be honest, but I suppose I’ve always had mountain bike specific targets that’s always made me put it off.
Proudest moment  in the sport so far?
Getting a bronze medal at the 2009 British Mountain Bike Champs was a good day for me.  2009 was a breakthrough year in mountain biking and I’d never been on national champs podium before and my target was a medal.  The organisers messed up my gridding sticking me at the back of the field but I smashed it through the entire field!  I remember being pretty satisfied at the time and all the family were there being just as excited to see me cross the line.  I think winning the National Marathon Champs in 2012 was also a good day however, its taking a while for it to sink in that my name will be on the past winner list every year.
 
What gets you through those gruelling training sessions?
GLORY. Getting through the hard training sessions is all about the glory for me.  The push to be the best is what gets me up in the morning and willing to go and kill myself on any given session…and to a certain extent a sick craving for the pain.  From as young as I can remember I was always smashing myself during whatever ever sport I was doing at the time.  Giving it everything in sport was just a daily occurrence and I honestly think that genetics won’t allow me to sit down for long and will continue for the remainder of my life.
Ultimate aim through the sport?
Results aside the main reason for sport in my eyes is to be the best I can be.  To get to a point in life where no matter what I do I can’t improve anymore will be pretty satisfying I think.  Not that I expect to get to that point as I will always think of something new to make improvements.  I’d like to think that getting close to this will produce selections to major games and a few more titles.  I visualize sitting in the pub as an old man thinking ’yeah…you know what…I did used to be pretty good back in the day’.
#1 piece of advice for someone thinking of taking up Xterra?
Work to your strengths.  Everybody wants to improve their weaknesses and for good reason, but if you have a strongest discipline make sure you don’t let the work slide for you not to take advantage of that, as advantages are only magnified when it’s off road!

DewisMatt Dewis

Why Xterra?
I took up Xterra as I’ve always been a massive fan of the mountain bike and trail running and missed it while training on the road!
Proudest moment  in the sport so far?
I think my proudest moment was last year beating some big names and finishing first brit at Xterra England and qualifying for my first World Championships as a Pro
What gets you through those gruelling training sessions?
The people around me really help, encourage from then and knowing that they are hurting too
Ultimate aim through the sport?
I want to be able to travel europe or America and race an entire tour of Xterra series as a Pro
#1 piece of advice for someone thinking of taking up Xterra?
Don’t hesitate because you will love it!

Z3 BikeTom Baker

Why Xterra?
I first took up Xterra as the majority of my training had been off road as I love the feeling of freedom it gives you being in the middle of nowhere by yourself. It’s just you and the trail so you can switch your brain off to the everyday world and hit it hard, then when you’re done you can take in the view from the top. Plus I can always take my best training partner with me- Harvey the dog 😀 I started up as a XC mountain biker who ran a few events like Hellrunner and Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest so when I started Tri’s I was immediately drawn to Xterra England. A technical bike/run course will always suit me more so I can make up time on the stronger swimmers (although my times are tumbling thanks to my Vanquish!!) and then hold onto it for the run, there’s no better feeling then smashing along single-track!  Xterra events are really well thought out and everyone seems to be so much more welcoming and chilled, they really do try to get a festival atmosphere going.
Proudest moment  in the sport so far?
My proudest moments as a triathlete so far are qualifying for and competing at the Xterra World Champs in Maui last year and then also competing as a GB age grouper at the ETU Cross Country European Champs this year in Germany. Racing in Hawaii was amazing and gave me even more respect to the pro’s for the speed they can race at even in that humidity as it was a battle for most age groupers to even hit the finishing line. Then putting on a GB kit for the Euro’s, well that’s just the dream of what you want to do as a triathlete- Next on the checklist is the Elite kit!
What gets you through those grueling training sessions?
Grueling training sessions are part and parcel of being a triathlete, the only difference when it comes to mine is that most of the time you’re going to get muddy! It may be a bit corny but I have motivational quotes everywhere, on my phone, my tablet, computer at work and just about anywhere else I can fit them. When a session gets tough if one of those pops into my head, I focus on that and my goals and it helps me power through.
Ultimate aim through the sport?
My ultimate goal is to turn pro as an Xterra athlete, I know that it could be a long road/trail to get there but with each session that I put in, I know I’m one step closer to my dream.
#1 piece of advice for someone thinking of taking up Xterra?
My #1 piece of advice for anyone thinking about taking up Xterra is just give it a go! Whether you go for the full championship distance, sprint or trail runs you won’t be disappointed, just beware that you will get hooked and you’re going to want to do more.
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