We wanted to give you an update on how Ryan Coombs is getting on. As you will recall, Ryan is the triathlete Infrastar Limited is proud to sponsor. Read more below:
So, what have you been up to recently, Ryan?
“Unfortunately, not as much as I’d hoped training-wise! I fell off my mountain bike earlier in the year, hitting my head and damaging my knee, which had to be immobilised for three months. This was a massive set-back for me but I am hoping I’ve recovered enough now to be able to start working on regaining my physical fitness in time for the new season next year. My plan is to start cycling in a few weeks and running in September. I’ve been swimming five times a week, doing lots of stretching, activation drills and a little bit of strength work and having twice weekly physio sessions, all of which is definitely helping. My knee still looks gruesome but the pain is lessening! I’m planning on taking part in a few duathlons early next year to get fitter before the triathlon season starts”.
What would be your usual routine if you were uninjured?
“I work full-time as a trainee accountant so my training needed to fit around that. Before the injury, I would train for around 20 hours a week and maximize the time I had in the early mornings, evenings and on the weekends – planning my training is very important to make sure I get the most out of every minute of the day. I would be out running at 6 a.m. or on my turbo at 9 p.m. I have had to make a lot of sacrifices and miss a lot of things, especially in my social life, but I love it and wouldn’t change a thing. Sponsorship is a big help as it’s important for me not to just put the effort in with training, but to also have the right equipment and kit. At the level I have been competing, the quality of equipment is where marginal gains are made and Infrastar’s sponsorship is critical to me meeting my goals”.
What have you got coming up for the rest of 2022/2023?
“My main aim for the rest of this year is to get back up to peak fitness, both mentally and physically. For 2023, I am thinking about the European 70.3 Championships in Elsinore, Denmark which will give me the opportunity to learn how to travel with my bike and equipment and prepare to race and perform in a major event. It will be a great experience to race in a major championship”.
What has been the highlight for you of the last twelve months?
“In September 2021, I qualified for the World Championships which will take place in October 2022 in St George, Utah. This was an amazing achievement for me as it is THE premier race of the year and has been my number 1 goal and main dream for the past two years. Unfortunately, the mountain biking accident meant I had to pull out of this race – as you can imagine, I was devastated.
To qualify for the World Championships, I competed in the Weymouth 70.3, coming 72nd overall and fourth in my age group (20-24) with a time of 4 hours 58 minutes. I only realised that I’d qualified for the World Championships when I was told at the awards ceremony a couple of hours later. This was a pinnacle moment for me and everyone who has supported me. As soon as I’m fighting fit, I am hoping to be able to requalify for these Championships in 2023 so watch this space!”.
We hope you will join the Infrastar Team in wishing Ryan a speedy recovery. We are looking forward to hearing of his successes in 2023.