Squad Athlete: Stuart Pryor

I have been a keen mountain biker since a teenager and still consider this my passion. Even though I now spend as much time running and swimming as I do on my bike, I still don’t consider myself a “triathlete”, more a cyclist who dips in and out of triathlon so that there is always a challenge on the horizon.

I entered my first triathlon with a work colleague a few years ago, the aim being to see if we could complete it without stopping. As soon as I had finished I knew that I would do more. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t up there with the leaders on the day, the joy of completing it was all that mattered. It’s the challenge and the training that I enjoy as much as the event itself.

My girlfriend’s Father lives in Tenby, the home of Ironman Wales, and convinced me to enter for 2018. The enormity of the challenge started to set in once I had signed up – I knew I needed help with the swim if I had any chance of completing the rest of the course within the designated time. 

I found Do3 by chance through an online advert. The early morning swim times fit in around my responsibilities to take my 2 year old daughter to nursery so I gave it a go. My first day was like the first day at school, nervous and feeling like I would be surrounded by people that were far better than me. The welcoming nature of Dave and the rest of the squad quickly put me at ease and the range of abilities meant that I didn’t feel out of place.

In a short time my swimming improved and I felt fairly fresh getting out of that Welsh sea on race day, which contributed massively to being able to complete the Ironman course. I still attend squad training and have seen further improvements which is extremely satisfying. There are also structured training plans to help with preparing for events and one to one training sessions as required.

For me, Do3 has become as much about mixing with like minded individuals as it has about the training itself. Any achievement within the squad is met with genuine delight from the rest of the squad and the coaches, whether this is a squad member competing for GB or swimming a personal best during a timed session. Dave and Corinne are always enthusiastic, patient and passionate about sharing their knowledge and seeing squad members improve. The early starts provide time out from career pressures and family commitments and I love seeing the faces of my lane buddies on an early Winter’s morning. It sounds corny but being a member of the squad adds more joy to my life and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of it.