DUATHLON: World champion Coleman on 'cloud nine'
WESTWOOD’S James Coleman isn’t just adjusting his body clock after a trip to the Duathlon World Championships in Canada as he gets used to life as an age group world champion.
The 29-year-old only took up competitive duathlon less than a year ago but finished top of the pile with a time of 01:53:55 as he won the 25-29 age category in Ottawa last weekend.
Coleman, who works in London for market research agency OnePoll, which also sponsors him, says that he’s yet to come to terms with his stunning world championship debut and revealed that he drew from every word of encouragement in his memory as he triumphed across the pond.
“I’m still completely on cloud nine. I’m the best in the world in my age group at what I do and that’s really surreal,” said the Wiltshire champion, who races for Clarence bike shop in Bath.
“I didn’t do a lot of training in the build-up to the race because I spent a lot of time in the hotel and when I got out there, my legs just felt so fresh.
“When you’re riding the bike, that’s the time you’re left with your thoughts inside your helmet and I was just thinking about every word of encouragement that I’d had from school friends, friends I went to uni with and work colleagues too.
“I was also thinking about my younger brother Charles, who told me to enjoy it and also told me that when it hurts, push harder because it can’t hurt any more – but it definitely can!
“My Facebook has just gone crazy since I won and I can’t wait to spend a bit of time celebrating with my friends and family. This weekend, I’m off to celebrate with my work mates and I’m sure it’ll only take a few drinks before I’m on the floor.”
Coleman is also already thinking about a potential breakthrough into the elite duathlon scene.
He said: “It’s something I’d like to look at but I really don’t know how you go about doing that yet.
“I’ve got to try to defend my title next year now and I want to compete in the London Duathlon in September, which will mark about a year since I started racing.”
Staverton’s Chris Roxburgh, 28, was seventh in the 25-29 age group race in Ottawa.
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