James Seear RSS News Feedhttp://www.jamesseear.com/The News feed for James Seear, Triathlete.2014-01-03T18:45:56en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssUmbraco 4.0HyVee Grand Final and 70.3 World ChampionshipsJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/hyvee-14.aspxAfter a solid race season so far with lots of great improvements taking place I have just finished the two biggest races of the year. Leading into these two races I put together a great training block in Boulder and I was confident of getting to great results in consecutive weekends. The first race was the 5150 Olympic distance Championship race in Iowa with the largest prize purse in the sport. The following weekend I had the 70.3 World Championships. Both races boasted very deep competitive fields and I was expecting some fast racing.2014-09-30T03:42:461340Boulder Peak 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/boulder-peak-14.aspxI have just had a great week with the arrival of my parents and the Boulder Peak Triathlon. I placed second last year and I really wanted to get a great result in front of my parents. The course changed a little due to road damage from the flooding last year so we didn’t have the Classic Peak of old stage road. The organizers still did a great job of making the bike course challenging. I had a week off following my three sequential 70.3 races and had only been back in training for a week in the lead-up to this race. I was nervous, as I knew that it would either be a fantastic day and that I would feel unbelievably good or that I would feel like I’m pushing through concrete all day long. Ben and I talked a lot in the week to make sure I wasn’t digging myself a hole so I could have a good hit out in the race.2014-09-30T03:40:381339Syracuse 70.3 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/syracuse-703-14.aspxI made it!! I have just finished off my three 70.3 races on back-to-back weekends. All in all it has been a great few weeks with my final race last Sunday in Syracuse. My body definitely feels ready for an easy week! I loved the challenges thrown my way racing over consecutive weekends and I am really happy with how I raced in each race. I have learnt a lot and feel like I have really gained some valuable race experience and overall strength. The plan from here is to recover well, physically and mentally, this week before ramping up the training leading into the Hy-Vee Championships and the 70.3 World Championships.2014-09-30T03:40:041338Boulder 70.3 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/boulder-703-14.aspxI raced the Boulder 70.3 on the weekend; it is really quite an awesome thing being able to race just down the road from home! It definitely makes for quite a relaxed lead in to the race and it is always nice knowing the course really well. Transition is about a ten-minute bike ride from my front door and the bike course goes almost straight past my front door. This years Boulder 70.3 is about a month earlier than last year so it was quite cool on race morning. The field that was ready to commence battle was far from cool with a very solid line up of previous World Champions, Olympians and multiple 70.3 winners, incredibly a lot of these guys are based in Boulder for much of the year. Coming off the back of my first 70.3 win in Kansas last weekend I was feeling pretty good and ready to go again. I have had an easier week since Kansas 70.3 to make sure I recovered well and be ready for a fast race on the weekend.2014-09-30T03:38:421337Kansas 70.3 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/kansas-703-14.aspxSince my win in Memphis three weeks ago I have been back in Boulder doing a hard training block leading up to this next series of races, three 70.3 events in a row! My first race of this block was on the weekend just been in Kansas, I checked out the map and decided that Kansas is close enough to Boulder to pack the car up and head off for a road trip. I was excited to have the challenge of the 3 races in a row in front of me with a keen interest on how my body will respond to the workload. First things first and that was to have a good race in Kansas 70.3 on Sunday. I wanted to get a solid result in Kansas to set me up well for the following two weekends of racing, with the aim being not to dig too and destroy myself for the weeks ahead. One of my main efforts over the weekend and the next two weeks is to make sure I am very on top of my nutrition and hydration pre, during and post race.2014-09-30T03:37:221336Memphis in May 5150 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/memphis-in-may-14.aspxAs I stare out the window watching the ground below me while listening to John Butler Trio through my headphones, I have a smile on my face. Ok, maybe more of a cheeky grin but I am happy. I am flying back from Memphis where I have spent the last few days for the Memphis in May triathlon on Sunday. This race is part of the 5150 series and has a unique experience with a time trial start. What this meant was that on race morning they started the athletes one by one alternating female – male with ten seconds between each athlete. I was interested to see how the start would affect swim time differences with weaker swimmers not being able to sit in a pack and get towed along and the bike pack dynamics. I was the twenty-third athlete out of 25 to start so I got to spend the day chasing athletes in front of me all day! There was an extra curve ball thrown on race morning, with some very heavy rain over night and the early morning the grassy transition area turned into a muddy ankle deep quagmire.2014-09-30T03:36:161335St Anthonies 5150 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/st-anthonies-5150.aspxI have arrived back to Boulder with sore legs and a feeling of accomplishment after the weekend. On Sunday I raced in one of the great classics of non-drafting racing, the St Anthony’s triathlon. It is one of the oldest standing Olympic distance non-drafting races. The race always has a very strong field and hard close racing is guaranteed. I was going into this year’s race feeling stronger than previously but with a little bit less speed work under my belt with all of the half ironman training so I was a little nervous to see what I could produce on race day. Nonetheless a hard day ahead was guaranteed!2014-09-30T03:34:201334Texas 70.3 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/texas-703-14.aspxOver the weekend I raced a 70.3 in Galveston, Texas and I reached a whole new level of pain and discomfort that I have reached before! Galveston was my second 70.3 in a week, I have never raced two 70.3’s a week apart before and it was quite an experience. I have had to do quite a bit of traveling during the week, which was not ideal but I did my best to get in as much good recovery as possible after Oceanside. I felt ok leading into the race and I was really interested to see how my body would respond to doing two big races within a week.2014-09-30T03:32:421333Oceanside 70.3 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/oceanside-703-14.aspxOn the weekend just been I competed in my first race back in the United States for 2014 in Oceanside, Californi. It is the first big race of the season and always attracks a very big and strong field. I was not happy with the start of my season so I wanted to use this race to prove to myself that I can put one of these 70.3 races together. Oceanside puts up a very challenging and different course, which takes you through the marine base Camp Pendleton for much of the race. My plan for the day was to try and learn from the many great athletes I was racing against including Olympic champion and 70.3 winner Jan Frodeno, current 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle and many many other multiple 70.3 winners. The race was dubbed the early season world championships!2014-09-30T03:31:381332Auckland 70.3 2014James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/geelong-703.aspxTo kick off my 2014 season, I decided to jump in the deep end and line up for the Oceania 70.3 Championships in Auckland. I have had a good training block and felt in form heading into the race. It was great to be competing again and catch up with friends who I have not seen in a while. Pre-race dinner was at an Indian Restaurant, which may seem like a risky choice but has been done many times before – a delicious meal which on this occasion, unfortunately did revisit me the next day.2014-09-30T03:29:5413312013 Recap and 2014 and beyond James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/2013-review-2014-preview.aspxI have been offline for a few weeks unwinding from the season and letting my mind and body recover so I am ready to step up and get after the work I need to do for next year! I have been back into training for a few weeks now and I am already well ahead of where I was this time last year. I spent two weeks of my off-season in Boulder, CO before coming back to Brisbane Australia for the second two weeks. Before I left Boulder I was able to sit down with my coach Ben Day and discuss how we both thought the year went and what we want to aim for in the coming year. In review 2013 was a great step forward in terms of race performances, experience, handling a big race workload and stepping up to the 70.3 distance. I finished the year having raced 18 races, fourteen Olympic Distance and four 70.3 distance, coming away with a win, two podium places and top ten results in the other races. It was a very consistent year with some major training changes and a big change in my bike position after a trip to the wind tunnel in Arizona. I started the year off with a new coach in Ben Day, he has been a professional cyclist for 15 years and has been coaching for quite a few years at a top level, and his experience and knowledge was something I really benefitted from this year. I feel as though we have both learnt a lot from each other and our own experiences within our own sports. I really enjoy being able to challenge each other while working towards a common goal.2014-01-03T18:45:561318Oceanside TriathlonJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/oceanside-13.aspxThis weekend I am heading to California for the last race in the Lifetime Series and my last race for the season. I am excited to finish off a solid year and have a break and put the feet up. The Race this weekend is in the stunning beach side town of Oceanside. I have never stopped in Oceanside but have driven through. This time I get to spend a few days there. The forecast is predicting lots of sun and perfect racing temperatures. 2013-10-17T08:27:061312Dallas Lifetime Series 13James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/dallas-13.aspxHeading to Dallas his year I was hoping it was going to be warmer and dryer than last year. Last year we started in freezing temperatures and heavy rain. The weather report looked good and upon my arrival on Friday the weather was brilliant! I woke up Saturday morning to find it cool and overcast and threatening to rain. Fortunately race morning it was clear sky’s but still on the cooler side, with temperatures about 10C. The swim was a deep water start just before the sun came out so sighting was challenging! I had a good start and settled into third on the swim and found that the body felt a little sluggish. I followed the feet in front of me and tried to use as little energy as possible. By the end of the swim I was still sitting in third and still felt a little flat. I put it out of my head and thought I will be good once I get on my bike.2013-10-13T01:45:531311Dallas Lifetime SeriesJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/dallas-13.aspxWell it’s time to get packing again, another race is beckoning this weekend, my second last race for the season and second last race in the Life Time Series events. I am heading to the Lone Star State for the weekend. I raced in Dallas last year as the Grand Final and it was a freezing cold on race day. It looks like we might be in for much more pleasant temperatures than last year, fingers crossed! There is a strong start list as per usual with the series.2013-10-03T12:36:411310Tempe lifetime Series Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/tempe-13-rr.aspxI have really been gaining some momentum in the final phase of my season, there has been a lot of racing but I have been really enjoying it and feeling fresh and ready to race each time! I had a weekend at home after my last race before heading to Las Vegas for the infamous Interbike Expo, which is one of the worlds largest bicycle shows. I decided to attend to have a look at some new gear before it comes out next year as well as approach possible future sponsors. It was a great few days networking and meeting a lot of people. I went from Las Vegas to Phoenix Arizona for the next Lifetime Series triathlon in Tempe. I raced on a similar course earlier in the year and won. This time around it was a much stronger field and I knew it was going to be a hard race.2013-09-28T02:43:221309Tempe UpdateJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/tempe-update-13.aspxIt has been a crazy week in Boulder. It has had to deal with a 100 year flood and there is a huge amount of devastation in the local area. Over 2000 People have been evacuated and there is a constant stream of Helicopters rescuing people from flooded areas.2013-09-17T02:35:091307Muskoka 70.3James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/muskoka-703-13.aspxMy hands have been a bit full since returning from Canada with the horrific floods in Boulder, CO. Luckily Maxine and I are in an area that has had very little flooding and our house has stayed dry. Many have not been as lucky and we have some friends staying with us who were evacuated from their house just up the hill from Boulder. It will be interesting to get back out on the roads to survey the damage., currently every canyon within the front range of Colorado has had some part of the road washed out making it impossible to get by.2013-09-17T02:32:441306Hy-Vee Triathlon James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/hyvee-13.aspxThe worlds best Olympic distance non-drafting athletes descended onto Des Moines Iowa over the weekend for the Hy-Vee triathlon. It is the largest pay day for the distance and it should have a world title to it’s name with the field it attracts. I felt great leading into the race and was excited to see what all the hard work was for. I was ranked 11th going into the race and I was proud of the fact with so many world-class athletes. The city does a great job of hosting the race and with backing by Hy-Vee the athletes get spoiled. 2013-09-17T02:32:071308Chicago Lifetime SeriesJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/chicago-race-report-13.aspxI have commenced my last block of racing before my season is complete. It is a solid schedule and to start with I have three race races on back to back weekends starting with the Chicago Triathlon. I went to Chicago for the first time last year and enjoyed my time there but I didn’t race very well. This year I was better prepared while my main focus is for the following weekend at the Hy-Vee triathlon. This years Chicago Triathlon was a bit different to last years race with an equalizer format and a later morning start. The Life Time Fitness Series organizes calculated the tie gap between the women starting and then men starting afterwards with the hope of a close finish. It’s always a bit strange watching the women start before us!2013-08-28T04:34:581303Race updateJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/race-update.aspxSo far this season I have only competed in one of the Life Time Series events but for the second half of my season I am competing in the final four events! I am quite excited about that. There are so many races and series to choose from sometimes it is hard to pick between races. I raced the Life Time Series last year and really enjoyed the atmosphere at the events and the great organization behind these events. It is a great series and they support the athletes really well. Most races you go to you are lining up against the best guys in the sport without a doubt.2013-08-16T12:38:391302Boulder 70.3James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/boulder-703-13.aspxI lined up again in my hometown of Boulder again last weekend for another big race! This time it was for the Boulder 70.3 that was being dubbed by some as the preview to the World Championships in a few weeks time. I had some confidence from my last race, Boulder 5150, and I was excited to have a crack. I knew going into the race there weren’t many strong swimmers so I took some time with my coach to work out the best way to attack the race. I didn’t know if I should go at my pace from the gun and see if anyone comes with me or wait and pace off others knowing the field had a lot of strong runners. I decided to swim my own pace and just try and focus on me and see if it pays off. It was a wetsuit swim making it quite warm so I didn’t push to hard in the swim being well aware that the forecast was for a hot, hot day.2013-08-11T05:24:431301Boulder Peak 5150James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/boulder-peak-13.aspxI have had a very exciting few days. My dad arrived in town last week and it has been great spending time with him. On Sunday I raced the very competitive Boulder Peak Triathlon. I have been playing around with my bike position recently as I have been struggling to maintain my power and be comfortable in a long effort. After having a reassuring call with my coach Ben and my bike fitter Aaron at Faster I dropped my saddle about 3mm. It felt great straight away and it was a very small move. I was excited to be racing out my front door here in Boulder on the roads that I train on daily!2013-07-22T13:07:371300Buffalo Springs 70.3James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/new-orleans-5150-13.aspxI have just returned to Boulder after my second attempt at the 70.3 distance. It was a promising weekend in Lubbock Texas with a strong field assembled for the race. I was excited and nervous for the start and was keen to have another crack in the longer triathlon. The swim is in a natural spring lake and the water was warm although just barely still a wetsuit legal swim. Whether we should be wearing a wetsuit or not became quite a hot topic of discussion at the Pro meeting prior to the race, personally I wasn’t a fan of wearing a wetsuit when the water is so hot and the air temperature even hotter. Josh Amberger and I got out to a quick start in the swim and built up a 60 second buffer on the rest of the field. It was hard to swim to fast as you heated up so quickly. The swim ended up being very short as Josh and I exited the water after 20 minutes, a good four minutes short for a Half Ironman swim.2013-07-05T10:17:491299Columbia 5150James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/columbia-5150-13.aspxI traveled to Colombia Maryland for another 5150 race. I competed on the challenging course last year and enjoyed the challenge. It was a strong field this year and I was excited heading to the race with some good form and building confidence. I had my new Blue Triad SL and new position that I got optimized in the wind tunnel.2013-07-05T10:11:191298St Anthonies and Wind TunnelJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/st-anthonies-13.aspxI have had an exciting few weeks recently starting with the St Anthonies Triathlon followed by a day being fitted to and working in the wind tunnel on my new Blue Triad SL. St Anthonies this year was the the strongest Olympic distance non-drafting triathlon field ever assembled outside of the grand final. There were about 40 professional men toeing the line in Florida this year including multiple world champions, Olympic champions and World series winners. I had a great preparation for the race and was excited to race such a solid field.2013-05-14T11:22:471296Hamilton Island Kids RaceJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/hamo-kids-race.aspxA TOTAL of 53 children took part in Hamilton Island's second annual Junior Triathlon last weekend - including 28 from the Whitsundays. In a move from traditional kids triathlons, the children didn't compete in age groups but instead raced a choice of three distances depending on ability and experience. Division 1 included a 350m swim, 6km cycle and 2,500m run, Division 2 was a 150m swim, 3km cycle and 1,500m run and Division 3 was a 50m swim, 1km cycle and 500m run.2013-05-03T16:33:041251James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/south-beach-and-marquee-rr.aspxI can’t believe I have already been in Boulder for a month, it has been quite an exciting time so time has flown by. I have had a very big month here in Boulder. I have moved into my house, my sister Maxine has arrived for the season and I have been learning how to train and deal with snowy conditions. The snowy weather has definitely created some interesting situations and great experiences. Saying that, I have had a very solid training block and have just got home from racing 2 races back to back.2013-04-22T00:44:311295Geelong Long CourseJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/geelong-long-course-13.aspxOn the weekend I kicked off my 2013 season with my first Half Ironman. I have been training hard under my new coach Ben Day. It is very early days in the season so we were keen for a hit-out to see how things are going and also have my first taste of 70.3 racing. It has been fun trying some new training ideas and I’m looking forward to seeing how the season progresses. I decided to start off with the Geelong Long Course race. It was my first crack at the distance against the strongest field ever assembled for a 70.3 event in Australia. I had no expectations going into the race and was really just looking forward to getting out there and having a go to see how it went.2013-02-13T12:11:511294Chicago Toyota Cup Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/chicago-rr-12.aspxOver the weekend I drove to Chicago to compete in the Toyota Cup. It was my first time to the city and I was excited to have a final hit out before freshening up for the Biggest race of the year. I was happy with my large training block I completed in Boulder, Colorado at altitude. I knew my body would still be a little sluggish for the race so I just wanted to go in and have a solid day and make sure I was ready for HyVee. 2012-08-31T07:16:501278Liverpool Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/liverpool-12.aspxIt has been a hectic few days since I raced in the Liverpool 5150 race on Sunday. It was my first time ever visiting Liverpool and the weather conditions from the moment we arrived were challenging, four seasons in one day with constant howling wind with gusts up to 30mph was going to make for an interesting day! My parents came to Liverpool to watch the race before staying with my sister and me for a few days and seeing in my birthday. It was great to see my Mum and Dad and I was definitely excited to race in front of them. I was actually quite excited to race; Liverpool was also doubling as the European Championships with a tough field lined up as well some tough conditions to deal with it was going to be on from the start! Race morning arrived with a cool 14degree day with patchy rain and some very strong wind again; needless to say it made for a nervous transition area. 2012-08-13T09:02:351276Minneapolis Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/minneapolis-12.aspxI am writing a quick update from my last few weeks. I am currently living in Boulder Colorado at 1600 meters. Boulder is an amazing town for training. There is the who’s who of triathlon and cycling all based here. There’s also numerous other sports based here to take advantage of the altitude. I am here in my lead up to the biggest race of the year Hy-Vee. It is the biggest prize purse in triathlon with $150,000 for the winner. I am very excited to qualify for the race and I am ranked 5th heading into the race I am confident.2012-08-13T09:02:031277Klagenfurt Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/klagenfurt-12.aspxI am writing my recollection from the weekend while I fly high over the English Chanel on my way back to the UK. The next few weeks are my next training block leading into the Liverpool triathlon at the start of July. I competed in Klagenfurt, Austria over the weekend. I have always enjoyed racing in Austria with friendly people and stunning scenery. It was my first time to the city and it is a great memory to keep. My sister Maxine and I had an amazing home stay. We were a couple blocks from the centre of town and was a nice to walk into the centre and see the colourful city.2012-08-13T08:59:521275Austin Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/austin-rr.aspxIt has been a hectic few weeks since my last race in Columbia. I travelled back to my base in Florida for a few days, did a bit of training and packed our house up before heading west Dallas. With my sister Maxine and training partner Dane we flew into Dallas and then hit the road to Austin, about three hours drive away. We had heard many great things about the city and were excited to see what the hype was about. 2012-08-13T08:58:501274Columbia Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/columbia-race-report-2012.aspxI am excited to report from my latest race over the weekend. I traveled to a beautiful little town, Columbia in the North East corner of America, and was interested to see what the course had to offer. It is one of the longest standing race's in the triathlon world at 29years and is known for its very challenging course. It is a course that challenges you from start to finish with its undulating and twisting terrain! There was a strong field assembled to attack the race and I was excited to again line up against the best in the non-drafting world to see what I could do.2012-08-13T08:57:331273St Anthony's Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/st-anthony's-12.aspxLast weekend I took the plunge and started my first American based non-drafting race! It kicked off in St Petersburg, Florida on the south east coast of the USA. The race distance is the same, 1500m/40km/10km, but the race is conducted under a non-drafting rule for the bike. Non-drafting rules state that each rider has their ‘own’ space around them, one metre each side of them and 10m behind them that no other rider is allowed to enter so that no one gains any advantage of a draft from another rider. This makes the bike leg of the race very important; you have to be able to ride hard for 40km! The only non-drafting race I have ever competed in is the famous Noosa triathlon at the end of each year. 2012-05-11T07:29:201272Mooloolaba Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/mooloolaba-12.aspxLast weekend was one of my favourite races for the year in Mooloolaba, Australia. It is always a great weekend with thousands of athletes, Elite and Age group, heading to the Sunshine Coast all for the reason – to race to their limits! Thursday before the event Mooloolaba threw a curve-ball our way with some very abnormal weather, there was a huge downpour of rain with some cyclonic winds which lead to serious flooding resulting in half of the race course being under a metre of water. I must commend the work of USM Events for managing to deal with the situation and still make the weekend of festivities continue as normal after a very big cleaning up effort. Luckily the ‘Sunshine Coast’ lived up to its name and race day was magnificent, the sun was out and it was perfect conditions to battle it out.2012-05-11T07:27:261271Devonport Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/devonport-12.aspxLast weekend I headed south to Tasmania, more specifically to the small town of Devonport. It was my first time to the quaint city and it was nice. The small sleepy city was slightly disrupted with hundreds of triathletes descending upon Devonport for the weekend to compete in the age group race as well as the Oceania Championship. This was a big weekend for all athletes as there was valuable country qualifying Olympics points on the line as well as all of the selectors looking at athletes for the individual positions. It was my first Olympic distance race for the year and I was looking forward to putting all that training to good use on race day. I felt great leading into the race and I had a race plan of attacking it from the start.2012-05-11T07:24:511270Geelong Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/geelong-12.aspxOn the weekend I travelled to Geelong in Victoria for my first race of the 2012 season. After many weeks of solid training under the guidance of my new coach Michelle Dillon, I was pumped to finally have a hit out to see what shape I was in. It was a sprint distance race, or half Olympic Distance, which consisted of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. The shorter sprint format does not suit me as much as the Olympic distance but it is nice to have a race done in under an hour.2012-05-11T07:23:241269Hamilton Island race reportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/hamilton-island-race-report.aspxI am now back to reality and recalling the amazing long weekend I just experienced in the stunning scenery of Hamilton Island. It is hard to sit down and write after being submerged in a paradise. I packed up my bike and headed off to the airport on Thursday and was staying on the island until Tuesday. I have never been to the island and I was excited about what was ahead. The weekend had 2 events with a sprint distance triathlon over one of the most demanding courses in the world on the Saturday, Sunday followed with an ocean swim on Whitehaven beach. Landing on the island was like walking from reality to a postcard, the view from the runway was amazing.2011-11-23T14:36:341250London Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/london-wcs-race-report-(1).aspxOn the weekend I was able to have a first hand look at the Olympic course in Hyde Park, London. It is exciting to see the course layout and get an opportunity to go around at pace to see how it feels. I went into the race with a good training block under my belt but not fully rested as I now have 4 weekends of racing in a row. This time of year is when racing gets interesting, as over the next 7 weeks I will more than likely be racing 6 of the 7 weekends.2011-11-09T13:04:181249Geneva Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/geneva-race-report.aspxAfter a slow start to my year with some terrible results, I took a step back and decided that what I was missing were a few months of 'grungy' training. The type of training where you are pushing yourself as hard as you can and just ticking the days over! I have managed to start this process and have got through a decent block of 'that' training, with another few weeks of it to go! Even though my focus at the moment is training I am still going to do a few races. On the weekend I travelled down the road and across the border into Geneva for a Continental Cup. I was excited for the race as it was one that I have never done before and I always hear how strenuous the course is.2011-11-09T13:03:041248Cremona and Kitzbuhel Race reportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/cremona-and-kitzbuhel-race-reports-.aspxLast couple of weeks have been busy in my life. I had 2 weekends in a row of racing and I had to travel from France to Italy back to France then across to Austria. I was excited for the travel and with a road trip planned for Italy I thought it would be a great opportunity to see some amazing scenery and hang out with some fellow Australian athletes. The mountains dwarfed us in the van and to see the mountains towering over us and kissing the clouds and the road winding through the hills like a snake was fantastic. I just wish I had a quick car so I could drive and enjoy the roads.2011-11-09T13:00:091247Noosa Triathlon 2011James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/noosa-triathlon-2011.aspxOver the weekend I had my first race back after my end of season break. It is one of my favourite weekends in the year as it is on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Australia in the stunning setting of Noosa. It is a magical place and when the triathlon is on the buzz is electric, a must visit for everyone at least once.2011-11-09T12:41:131246Noosa News paper articleJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/news-paper-article-noosa-2011.aspxHE IS the "nearly man" of the Noosa Triathlon - an athlete who has a deep connection with the event and a burning desire to win it after two previous podium finishes. For James Seear, who as a teenager got his first taste of the sport at the Noosa Triathlon, the famous annual event is more than a race. http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/story/2011/10/26/chasing-top-level-on-the-tri-podium/2011-11-09T12:33:2712452011 Season James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/2011-season-end.aspxThis year has been a hard one to swallow, between inconsistent results and constantly trying to play catch-up on my training and gaining fitness. My broken collarbone prior to the season commencing was a setback but, with Olympic selection on the line this year, I knew I had to put it behind me quickly and look positively towards the season ahead. Simply, I had no choice but to race and train through the peak season with the hope of finding my best form quickly, in order to ensure that my ITU points were high enough to get starts. After some bad results, which remain difficult to deal with, I had a very hard decision to make. 2011-08-30T10:47:011244Ishigaki World Cup 2011James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/ishigaki-world-cup-2011.aspxI was lucky to travel to Ishigaki, Japan this year for one of the most historic World Cups on the circuit. I have competed there once before and it is an incredibly beautiful island with extremely friendly locals always willing to help or even grasp a high five as you run along the shore line.2011-06-03T20:59:421243Huangshan Continental Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/huangshan-race-report.aspxLast weekend I competed in an ITU Premium Asian Cup in Huangshan China. I have never raced in China before and I was looking forward to the new experience and the opportunity to race in a field where I knew very little about quite a few of the about the athletes I was competing against! I was ranked number 1 for the race and with that the expectation that comes with it. The days leading into the race were sunny, hot and humid so staying well hydrated was high on the priorities list. I woke up on race morning to overcast skies and cool temperatures. I didn't mind it being a bit cooler for racing so I was not too worried.2011-06-03T20:47:211242Jimmy Cycle Kit 2011James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/jimmy-cycle-kit-2011.aspxI am just sending out the design for my 2011 cycle kit, it stands out in the crowd and has got some great feedback so far! If you or anyone you know is interested in buying my unique cycle kit please send me an order. I have put a link to the design as well as a link to the sizing chart below. The design is the same as last year but I am using a different manufacture. The kit will be made by Sugoi, using their top of the range RS jersey and Pro Bib knicks.2011-05-11T16:51:361241Mooloolaba World Cup 2011James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/mooloolaba-world-cup-2011-rr.aspxLast weekend I competed in one of my favorite races of the year in Mooloolaba Australia. I have had some great success in previous years and I was hoping to have another great result but I had to also remember it has only been three and a half months since falling off my bike. I have had a couple good weeks training and thought I might be able to sneak out a decent result. I was excited to be back on the Sunshine Coast and the crowd is always fantastic.2011-04-06T14:41:101240Back into the swing of thingsJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/back-to-training.aspx I am pleased to report that I am now into the start of my 4th week back into full training load. My recovery has passed quickly and I am currently a few weeks ahead of schedule. I am still being careful though to avoid any niggling problems, which could slow progress down. 2011-02-15T14:58:261232Broken Collar BoneJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/broken-collar-bone.aspxI thought I should update you all on recent events! I returned to training after my end of season break and was enjoying being back into the swing of things. I was down in Northern NSW on a bike ride during our annual summer camp. We were, unfortunately, not blessed with great weather. Indeed, it was at its worst with torrential rain and flooding. I was struggling a bit during the ride and was sitting 8th wheel in a group of 9 whilst riding along the Tweed Valley Way. A snake slithered out onto the road as I was riding past and before I knew it my back wheel had slid out and I smacked into the ground quite hard. 2011-01-02T14:59:281221WCS Kitzbuhel Race reportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/wcs-kitzbuhel-race-report.aspxKitzbuhel was the home to the next race in the series. Kitzbuhel town might not be the most recognised name in race venues but it would have to be hands down the most beautiful and picturesque race site in the world. The town is very small and it is one of my most favourite towns. It Is a very wealthy place and is surrounded my mountains that are reaching for the sky and dwarf the town. I particularly like Kitzbuhel for not only the scenery but the cars that are cruising the street. It is a car lovers dream. You see many super cars and lots of luxury cars.2010-10-12T08:16:461217WCS LondonJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/london-wcs-race-report.aspxI have struggled to sit down and write my report for the London race for a few reasons. It was first delayed as I spent the week after the race in England visiting family I haven’t seen for many years and didn’t have Internet in a tiny little town. The second reason was I was very disappointed in my performance and was to be truthful embarrassed. 2010-10-12T08:15:101216End of European Season breakdown James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/end-of-european-season-break-down.aspxI sit here on a train leaving La Baule on the west coast of France heading to Frankfurt in Germany and as I sit here with Jimi Hendrix Playing excessively loud I think to my self that my last 2 weeks has been an enormous journey. 2010-10-12T08:06:201215Beauvais Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/french-gp-beauvais-race-report.aspxThere is only one word that comes to mind to describe my first experience in the French GP Triathlon Series. INTENSE!!!!! The team warned me about 100 times before the race to be ready for a fast and furious race. I thought I was ready for the ferociousness but WOW, it was still a shock when the gun went. 2010-08-09T01:48:101214Holten ITU World Cup 2010James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/holten-world-cup.aspxI was a little nervous going into the race in Holten as I had been in a big training block and it had been a few weeks since my last race. I went into the race ranked number one, but I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy day at the office. I had also placed some high expectations upon myself.2010-08-09T01:04:191212WCS Madrid Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/wcs-madrid.aspxMadrid was home to the third race of the ITU World Championship Series. I went into the race feeling good and had some solid training behind me. The course in the Spanish capital suits me, as the swim is a lake swim followed by a hilly technical bike course, which tests even the strongest athletes. The run is not hilly, but is either slightly uphill or slightly downhill, but never flat. The weather usually contributes to a hard day out on the course, with hot humid conditions similar to Australia. 2010-06-12T19:27:161211Chris Hewitt Emerging Athlete AwardJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/chris-hewitt-award.aspxDuring the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, Triathlon Australia hosted its annual awards evening in order to recognise the performance of its athletes during the year. There was a great turn out, and attendees included many world class athletes including 2-time World IM Champion (and general legend) Craig Alexander. Not unexpectedly, Craig was awarded Athlete of the Year and Male Performance of the Year, with Emma Moffat taking the award for Female Performance of the Year. The sport’s leading juniors were also recognised, with upcoming stars Holly Aitken and Drew Viles leading the way. 2010-06-01T14:52:411210Witten Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/witten-race-report.aspxOn the weekend I competed in my first German Bundesliga race for the year. It was in my team's hometown of Witten, on a challenging course with a novel format that, to be honest, was a little bit crazy. The race was essentially 2 races in one - a team relay in the morning and then a team time trial (TTT) in the afternoon. This made for exciting racing for both athletes and spectators alike. In the morning each team athlete completed a 200m swim in a 25m temporary pool, then on to a 3 lap (5k) bike followed by a 2 lap (1.3k) run, then tags the next team member. Short fast and very technical! In the afternoon TTT, all 5 of the team start together and 4 must finish together - the clock stopping when the 4th athlete crosses the line. The teams performance in the morning dictated where the team started in the afternoon. The TTT followed the same course but the distance increased 300m swim, 8-lap bike and a 5-lap run2010-06-01T10:07:561209Seoul Race ReportJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/seoul-race-report.aspxSeoul was the second race in the World Championship Series. I was feeling confident going into the race after my performances in Australia (Mooloolaba and Sydney). The course in Seoul looked easy but when we got to ride around the course before the race I realized that the race was going to be hard and all about positioning yourself well in the group.2010-06-01T10:07:561194World Championship Series in SydneyJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/world-championship-series-in-sydney.aspxYesterday I competed in the First race of the World Championship Series in Sydney. It is the premium series for triathlon worldwide. I went into this race with confidence after the race 2 weeks ago in Mooloolaba and the course in Sydney was similar in profile with a large hill on both bike and run legs. The venue for the race is set in front of Sydney's Iconic Landmarks the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.2010-06-01T10:07:561155Mooloolaba ITU World Cup 2010James Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/race-schedule/race-reports/mooloolaba-itu-world-cup-2010.aspxOver the weekend I competed in the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup it was the first world cup for the year. Over the past months I have been putting in a lot of hard consistent miles into the legs and arms and I was feeling good and I was extremely excited about having a good race. 2010-06-01T10:07:561094The fast life of James SeearJames Seearhttp://jamesseear.com/whats-new/the-fast-life-of-james-seear.aspxI spoke to the guys at top US triathlon website www.slowtwitch.com recently, so check out my utterings here...2010-05-12T10:52:091082