Hello! I'm Olivier

A French plant-based triathlete en route to become an IronMan

About Me

A French guy speaking French with a British accent. And English with a French one. Husband, Dad (best in the world), and 🐶 Dog Owner. ☕ Coffee and Zwift addict. Remotely coached from Spain. A triathlete chasing a dream, becoming an IronMan (not the one who flies).

YOB: 1973
Club: Berkshire Tri Squad (member & webmaster)
Ambassador: Limar Helmet, Sundried, Primal Europe – check here for discount codes
Address: Bracknell, U.K.
Coach: PMT Crew, Spain

Activities

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Elevation (m)

Kcal

Event Results

2020 – Club: Berkshire Tri Squad

Date Event Distance Run Bike Run FT Cat Position
26-29/06 IMVR13 Championship series 3km Run, 40km ROUVY Ride, 10km Run 0:11:45 1:03:23 0:41:42 1:56:50 M45-49 All: 118/4501
AG: 21/962
19-21/06 IMVR12 Championship series 5km Run, 90km ROUVY Ride, 21km Run 0:20:00 2:25:08 1:35:31 4:20:39 M45-49 All: 117/1146
AG: 18/205
12-14/06 IMVR11 Championship series 3km Run, 40km ROUVY Ride, 10km Run 0:14:55 1:02:49 0:44:53 2:02:37 M45-49 All: 347/1518
AG: 54/279
05-07/06 IMVR10 Championship series 3km Run, 40km Ride, 10km Run 0:12:55 0:58:16 0:43:05 1:54:16 M45-49 All: 227/2056
AG: 33/405
22-24/05 IMVR 8 3km Run, 40km Ride, 10km Run 0:12:10 0:57:00 0:42:38 1:51:48 M45-49 All: 112/7907
AG: 27/1664
08-10/05 IMVR 6 3km Run, 40km Ride, 10km Run 0:11:46 0:59:46 0:11:45 2:00:12 M45-49 All: 722/12742
AG: 122/2545
17-19/04 IMVR 3 1.5km Run, 20km Ride, 5km Run 0:07:10 0:30:55 0:22:12 1:00:17 M45-49 All: 2221/20262
AG: 310/3405
10-12/04 IMVR 2 3km Run, 40km Ride, 10km Run 0:12:52 1:04:51 0:47:08 2:04:51 M45-49 All: 1852/11977

2019 – Club: Berkshire Tri Squad

Date Event Distance Swim Bike Run FT Cat Position
22/09 Conquer The Chilterns Sprint+ 750m river, 30km, 5km 00:15:09 00:53:55 00:21:09 1:34:44 M V40 Cat: 1st
Gender: 2nd
All: 3rd
01/09 Reading Olympic 1.5km lake, 40km, 10km 00:32:47 1:18:06 00:47:06 2:41:43 V 40-49 Cat: 3rd
Gender: 5th
All: 8th
16/06 IronMan 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne 1.9km sea, 90km, 21.2km 00:30:19 2:43:12 1:48:14 5:11:53 M 45-49 Cat: 106
Gender: 669
All: 700
01/06 Blenheim Palace Sprint 750m lake, 29.8km, 5.4km 00:15:00 00:35:18 00:23:58 1:19:50 M 45-49 Cat: 8th/420
Gender: 94/2714
All: 94/4168

2018 – Club: Evo Tri Club

Date Event Distance Swim Bike Run FT Cat Position
02/09 Reading Olympic 1.5km lake, 44km, 10.8km 00:33:13 01:17:06 00:48:41 2:42:53 M V40 Cat: 6th
Gender: 23rd
All: 26th
04/08 AJ Bell London Olympic (Westminster Route) 1.5km lake, 40km, 10km 00:33:08 1:01:36 00:53:53 2:34:25 M 45-49 Cat: 17/156
Gender: 212/1485
All: 220/1887
30/06 Whole Banan 800m lake, 30km, 7.5km 00:15:49 00:51:47 00:34:08 01:44:16 M 45-49 Cat: 3rd
Gender: –
All: 7th
24/06 Marlow Sprint 800m river, 22km, 5km 00:16:20 00:42:55 00:20:35 1:21:38 M 45-49 Cat: 4th
Gender: 8th
All: 9th
20/05 Eton Sprint ITU Qualifier 800m lake, 20km, 5km 00:15:32 00:35:58 00:22:14 01:16:29 M 45-49  
30/03 Radley Good Friday Sprint 400m pool, 20km, 5km 00:08:38 00:41:34 00:19:35 01:12:17 M V Cat: 3rd
Gender: 11th
All: 13th

2017 – Club: Evo Tri Club

Date Event Distance Swim Bike Run FT Cat Position
23/09 Hever Castle Super Sprint 800m lake, 40km, 8km 00:17:05 01:16:33 00:40:08 2:19:05 M V40 Cat: 10th
Gender: 19th
All: 20th/167
27/08 The Gauntlet – Chantilly 1.9km lake, 90km, 21km 00:43:42 02:43:18 02:02:09 05:35:09 M V40 Cat: 27
Gender: 102
All: 105
08/07 Whole Banana 800m lake, 32km, 7.5km 00:14:28 00:50:37 00:32:23 01:40:31 M 40-44 Cat: 3rd/19
Gender: 8th/91
All: 8th/125
11/06 Guildford Sprint Triathlon 500m pool, 22km, 5.5km 00:10:29 00:38:29 00:23:32 01:15:27 M 40-49 Cat: 1st/43
Gender: 16th/150
All: 16th/266
04/06 Thorpe Park National Championships Sprint 750m lake, 20km, 5km 00:15:15 00:35:07 00:20:15 01:12:26 M 40-44 Cat: 17th/44
Gender: 106th/325
All: 117th/441
23/04 Berkhamsted Triathlon 2017 400m pool, 20km, 5km 00:08:54 00:37:40 00:35:07 01:23:44 M 40-44 Cat: 3rd
Gender: –
All: –

2016 – Club: Evo Tri Club[September and onward]

Date Event Distance Swim Bike Run FT Cat Position
16/09 Conquer The Chilterns Sprint+ 750m river, 30km, 5km 00:16:18 01:03:59 00:26:30 00:54:56 M V40 Cat: 1st
Gender: 3rd
All: 5th
11/09 Woburn Abbey Olympic 1.5km lake, 40km, 10km 00:31:24 01:12:04 00:42:02 02:30:45 M 40-44 Cat: 7th/29
Gender: 41st/163
All: 59th/265
17/07 Jenson Button Tri Wooden Spoon Final 200m lake, 10km, 2.5km 00:04:40 00:17:18 00:10:37 00:34:32 M V40 Cat: 4th/65
Gender: –
All: 29th/267
17/07 Jenson Button Tri Eliminator Round 200m lake, 10km, 2.5km 00:04:39 00:18:11 00:10:52 00:35:33 M V40 Cat: 20th
Gender: –
All: 80th/346
29/05 Guildford Triathlon 500m pool, 20km, 5km 00:11:26 00:38:58 00:24:58 01:17:16 M 40-44 Cat: 6th/64
Gender: 26th/226
All: 26th/346
14/05 All Nations Sprint 400m lake, 22km, 5km 00:08:19 00:34:21 00:22:41 01:06:58 M V40 Cat: 13th/48
Gender: 15th/65
All: 48th/202
24/04 Woking Sprint 400m pool, 22km, 5km 00:08:28 00:42:57 00:20:30 01:13:25 M 40-49 Cat: 6th/22
Gender: 15th/65
All: 48th/202
03/04 Go Tri Woking Super Sprint 200m pool, 11km, 3km       00:37:32 M 40-49 Cat: 1st/10
Gender: –
All: 15th/85
06/03 Stanford (USA) Treeathlon Triathlon Marina swim, – , 5k 00:16:32 00:36:23 00:23:28 01:18:37 M 40-44 Cat: 7th
Gender: 47th
All: –

2020 – Club: Berkshire Tri Squad

Date Event Distance Run Bike Run FT Cat Position
08/03 Tough Runner Bucks Duathlon 5k trail, 21k, 5k trail 00:21:45 00:41:28 00:24:18 1:30:06 M45-49 Cat: 2nd
Gender: 6th
All: 6th
08/02

Winter Dorney Olympic

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IronMan 70.3
Dorney Lake

How I Became a Triathlete

Young, I had asthma. Badly. So badly I’ve ended up in the hospital with tubes up my nose – or maybe throat – I can’t remember much.

Therefore, I didn’t go for endurance sports. I’ve chosen the one where I could control my effort and breathing: fencing, tennis, rowing, cycling (mainly to school and later on to work), skiing, and somehow swimming. Which helped a lot as France is surrounded by seas and oceans. With cycling and swimming I wasn’t far of being a triathlete, but at the time there was not such thing as triathlon – at least in France.

My asthma got better after long years of treatment, having tons of injections, and trips to Paris to a specialized hospital. But nevertheless, I’ve carried on with a few endurance sports as possible.

I did love sports. And after my ‘BAC’ (A-level) I went to pass some exams to enter a sports university: Bordeaux, Orleans, Montpellier. All required a good level in multiple sports and the competition was fierce. I remember passing a Volleyball test in Montpellier with one of the French team international youngsters. I didn’t get in. And studied electronics and maths instead (not brilliantly I have to say). Partying was far more interesting.

Anyway, I moved to the U.K. and decided to join the local volleyball club, MVC. Then played for Reading / Thames Valley and made my way up to the top of the national league. I was part of the creme de la creme. When we got relegated, I’ve decided my time was up and looked for something else to do.  One of my good friends in France was a triathlete, and I decided I would have a go at it. And never stopped since.

 

Plant-based and IronMan journeys

It’s fair to say I always look for a challenge. In 2017 I’ve entered my first middle distance triathlon (Castle series, Chantilly).

In 2019, on a very short notice, I did the RedBull Timelaps. Team of 4, and 25 hours of cycling in Windsor Great Park.

In 2020 I’ve started my plant-based diet journey, with some hiccups. And also – randomly – decided to do a Virtual Everest, spending 16 hours-ish in my garage, on my bike.

The next step could only be a full IronMan, which is planned for 2021 in the UK: the brutal events JurassicMan.

Dorney Lake
IronMan 70.3

Recent Blog Post

Training, events, races, plant-based recipes, discover more in my blog.

Plant-based Kohlrabi Schnitzel

Plant-based Kohlrabi Schnitzel

I’ve seen and heard about kohlrabi before. It’s probably the only vegetable my dad can come up with a recipe: the kohlrabi remoulade. I wanted something different, plant-based, and schnitzel was the perfect way to do it.