Blake Weston: an iron defender

Ironman Triathlon is one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order. It is a very long challenge and the best Ironmen in the world complete it in about eight hours.

A Half Ironman – also called Ironman 70.3 – consists on 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman Triathlon. The sum of the distances – in miles – is equal to 70.3, that is why it is called Ironman 70.3.

Hamilton Wanderers defender Blake Weston completed a Half Ironman on December 8, a huge accomplishment for a football player that needs to train almost every day to play football in a professional level – “Training for the Half Ironman was a whole new experience for me although I definitely enjoyed it. I would have at least one aspect of triathlon training every day – whether it was swimming, biking or running, and then we would train three evenings a week with Hamilton Wanderers.” explained Weston.

Weston competing in Half Ironman

Blake Weston joined Hamilton Wanderers in July and he is being an important part of the team throughout the matchweeks. He started to train for Half Ironman during the winter with a huge influence from his brother Ryan, that completed a full Ironman in March “I ended up doing a couple of training runs and bikes with him and got hooked on the training so I ended up registering for the December half Ironman!”

Blake Weston (left) and Ryan Weston (right) after completing the Half Ironman

With a life dedicated to sports, Weston still finds time to run his own business – the Weston Design, a company dedicated to improving sport one design at a time with extensive experience in branding and graphic design in the sports industry. They do unique and innovative design services to local clubs and franchises at affordable prices.

An example is the poster below that was made for Andrew Abba‘s birthday.

Andrew Abba’s poster made by Weston Design

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Managing so many tasks might be something difficult but Weston really enjoys it: “It helped me make sure I was managing my time well!”. A busy life is not a problem for him to keep playing in the ISPS Handa Premiership and he feels that training for Half Ironman really helped him to improve his fitness level to play football: “I have definitely found that the constant cardio training has helped with football. I’ve felt the fittest I ever have and coming into pre-season at Hamilton Wanderers I was feeling great […] I can play the full 90 and not worry about tiring or feeling fatigued in the latter stages of the match.”

Weston playing for Hamilton Wanderers.

Hamilton Wanderers is currently in the seventh position in 2019-20 ISPS Handa Premiership with nine points in seven matches. However they have one match less because the match against Waitakere United has been interrupted due to weather conditions. ISPS Handa Premiership is now off for holidays and it is scheduled to return on January 10.

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