Adams makes solid start to US season

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Cults triathlete Michael Adams says a tough winter training programme is paying off after a solid start to his summer season in United States.

After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering last year, Michael made the commitment to race full time this season as he felt like it was time to commit to triathlon after years of juggling school work and competing.

The 22 year-old has been concentrating on North American racing and he is pleased with his progress so far.

“Things are going well, I’m starting to see the effects of a slightly more well planned winter and spring coming into effect this summer,” Michael said. “My race schedule has been more focussed towards getting better results at fewer races, instead of just racing non-stop.

“I raced in San Francisco last month at the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon which has been a race I’ve always wanted to do.”

The swimming phase of the race is set against the backdrop of the infamous Alcatraz prison.

Michael said: “They launch you from a ferry that is within touching distance of the rocks at the Alcatraz prison and you have a 2.5km swim in eleven degree water through the currents to the shore. I was up against the best international swimmers in the sport, so I was pleased with tenth out of the water.”

He added: “My running has been coming on as well and after a second place last weekend here in BC I finished seventh at the provincial championships last weekend, running past Ironman Champion Tom Evans in the closing stages of the 10km.”

The former Cults Academy pupil is now training in Whistler, the site of where many 2010 Winter Olympics events took place, for two weeks training before the New York triathlon in early August.