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Don’t miss our forum this Wednesday (September 5); we have a live webchat with coach and triathlete Jim McConnel, who competed in the XTERRA (off-road triathlon) World Championships for several years, finishing 21st in the world in 2008. He has also been a sports massage therapist and triathlon coach and is now a brand manager with Madison.

Jim started running when he was in school but because of recurring shin splints he turned to cycling. It didn’t matter what type – road, mountain, cyclocross and time trial – Jim would try anything.

With his strong running and cycling background, triathlon seemed the next logical step. He competed in his first event, the Windsor Sprint Triathlon, in 2000. Over the next few years he developed his abilities and in 2006 he made the move to offroad triathlon, which suited his bike skills and his fondness for the countryside.

In 2007 he decided to give triathlon his full attention, competing all over the world on the XTERRA World Championship circuit. The following year, racing as a professional, he finished 21stin the world. He has also competed successfully on the XTERRA European circuit. These days the events he enjoys the most are Switzerland’s Inferno Triathlon, with its 5,500m of ascent, and the 83.3K Transvulcania Ultramarathon, which takes place on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.

He has a DipHE in Human Biology, an Active IQ Level 3 diploma in sports massage and is a BTA Level 1 coach. In 2008 he joined the Driven To Tri coaching team.

Jim will be joining us live on Wednesday from 1-2pm to answer any questions you have about cycling training and technique. Jim knows all there is to know about how you can get the best from yourself and your bike. His philosophy is simple: train smarter, not harder.

We’ll open the forum thread on Tuesday evening, so there will be plenty of time to post your questions before the webchat starts on Wednesday at 1pm.

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