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Adrian Hawkins Triathlete, Fireman & Personal Trainer

Adrian Hawkins - Elivar Featured Athlete As a firefighter there is a level of fitness that must be maintained and as Adrian gets older that drive to keep fit remains strong. As a result sport is an integral part of Adrian's life.

"I love the challenges it brings, you find out so much about yourself when you are out there pushing yourself to the limit and beyond. Being a personal trainer is great as it allows me to encourage others and pass on my years of experience."

Adrian is a father of three, granddad to two grand-daughters and proud husband of an amazing wife who encourages and supports him through his sporting endeavors!

Having a busy life with work, family and training can be tough and as all amateur athletes will know, trying to fit those training hours in can be difficult. Adrian works with a cycle coach to plan his training around work and family commitments. This helps keep Adrian's training focused on what is important and he attributes his success to this focused approach.

Adrian's original goal for 2016 was to try to re-qualify for European Duathlon Champs but injury forced him to put running on the back burner. This meant resetting his goals and focusing on the Tour of Cambs Chrono/TT. As a result of his strong finish at Cambridge Adrian qualified for the 2016 UCI Grand Fondo Series World TT championships Perth, Australia where he finished a very credible 41st, breaking the 30 min mark over a rolling course on Rottnest Island. 

Twitter: @hawkins_ade

Age: 47

Occupation: Firefighter, Personal Trainer

Sport: Duathlon, Time Trial

Pre-race Ritual: I like to be well prepared. Checking and re checking kit has become a bit of an obsession!! I always have a pre-race timetable right from what time I eat to registration, warm ups, etc. so that I am not rushing around. I hate to be badly prepped. A timetable to get me really focused and distracts me from the pre-race nerves. I have got into listening to a playlist on headphones when warming up on the turbo, I find this cuts out everything around me and helps me concentrate. I feel more relaxed on the start line knowing I have done everything possible for a good race.

Favourite Cheat Food: I love a Thai curry, although to be fair I do like my food so it could be anything!

Favourite Form of Cross Training: I like doing body-weight circuits and the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style sessions. WATTBIKE is great for winter fitness.
Career Highlights:

  • Top 3 age group placings in sprint and standard duathlons in 2013/14
  • Age group winner at Chilham Castle Duathlon 2014/15.
  • Relay team winner and course record at Chilham 2013
  • 2015 6th Age group National cross Duathlon Champs, Hole Park
  • 2015, European Duathlon Age Group champs Alcobendas Spain
  • 2016, UCI Gran Fondo series World TT championships Perth Australia