Junior wins, slow dads and Olympic DVDs

As Hever nears, middle Burgess brother Nathan outlines his prep and how the Olympics DVD has inspired his training

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Hi, my name is Nathan Burgess and I'm the middle brother in the family. Like my brothers I love triathlon, although I also really like football (Raiders is my club and I play in the blue team), cricket and rugby – in fact ANY SPORT! I also like hanging out with my friends so it can be really hard to fit in triathlon training but I manage to do so.

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With Hever in a few weeks, my brothers and me are training quite hard. I have a new wetsuit and so we went and did an aquathon last week at Hillingdon. It was an outdoor pool, very cold and a bit weird to be in a wetsuit in pool.

It was good experience to be part of a big swim and the wetsuit came off easily, which was the main thing I wanted to practice. I had to swim 300m and run 1m and I found it easy. Having a shorter race than the adults I was first over the line and it felt fantastic. I came first in the junior event, too, so I was well happy. The photo above is of the three of us after the race.

Tough track sessions

It is exciting having a big race coming up as I am committed to training hard. I’ve started to join my older brother Stephen on his track sessions but they are so tough. I really try hard though but sometimes have to drop a couple of laps. Mum does them too and I beat her in a 400m sprint – yay! Stephen is always near the front of the lead group and it makes me proud to watch him and I want to be as fast too.

Biking is my favourite bit of triathlon and I am going out on my mountain or road bike as often as I can. Stephen and I can go together on our road bikes now although only if it is a quiet route. I go with my Dad too but he is so slow (really slow) up the hills – he usually beats cyclists running up them though! I am also doing some sessions on a turbo trainer – we have it in the shed and I watch the Olympic 2012 DVD and it inspires me to carry on.

I am looking forward to Hever so much especially as I do not have Stephen in my race – he has moved up to the adult sprint. As always I want to do my best and have loads of fun.

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See how the brothers get on at Hever here next month. More on the race is at www.castletriathlonseries.co.uk