Diane Lee – Racing, Reports & Results

#irongirl619 – Triathlon, Cyclocross, Swimming


Name – Diane Lee

Main Sport – Professional  Triathlete

Other – Cyclocross rider / Open Water swimmer

Main Competitions – Xterra Triathlon

Coach – Gary McCaffery

Osteopath – Jo Barnett

Sponsors – Velobici / Blueseventy / Mark Anthony Cycles (Buxton), High5,  Results Fitness and Swimming

Mechanic – Damon Manning @Damo_mechanic

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Retford Half Marathon

di and denis retford

It’s been a while since I turned my hand to any road running, but with a little more focused run training, I decided I would enter Retford Half Marathon, Retford being my home town as a child, I knew the route, and knew my incredible support team would be out in full force AKA – Mum and Dad. Challenging me to the Reford Half Marathon was Denis Shrewood (always full of crazy ideas or also just partial to my Mum cooking). We headed out early to get ready both with the plan to run solid races, both mine and Denis’s personal best times are previously from Retford Half Marathon 1 hour 31. We both knew these times were going to be hard to beat and not really expecting to run best times we decided to settle for a strong training day. I wanted to be under  1 hour 35mins a realistic target I thought. Standing on the start line I began to feel less like a runners as I was keeping warm in my favourite Velobici baselayer, rather than sporting a v small vests. I thought what am I doing here, why am I doing this, I don’t really need to run 13.1miles to get my tea at my Mums. However the gun went and we were off, doing a typical Diane Lee start I went out pretty fast, at 4miles I knew where I would find my supporters, handily they were at a cosy little pub where they would be having coffee and croissant between shouting for me, we pass the Old Bell Pub Twice on route so always a popular spectators spot.  At 4miles, I had settled into a good manageable pace, and began to run very comfortably holding my pace, I got to 10k in 43mins and thought this is exactly where I need to be and drawing on a bit of confidence, found myself pleasantly enjoying myself, this soon stopped when I forgot how far the out and back bit towards Blyth was, I don’t like out and back sections, however it did give me the chance to see Denis. Continue reading “Retford Half Marathon”

Blueseventy NeroFit







Observing the Derbyshire County Swim Championships, the world of performance costumes can be a mind field. With pricing well into £250 plus. For my age groups county level swimming I always recommend a race that they only wear for competitions, you can’t deny having a fancy suit does give you a psychological advantage. With children growing I can understand parents concern over what to buy. I want to recommend the BlueSeventy Nero Fit. In the past I worn more a traditional race suit with no legs, however after wearing the Nero Fit on converted to legs suits. The Nero Fit off the advantages of a racing suit without the heavy price tag.

What surprised me most about the Nero Suit for how great it felt on the low body, pushing off the walls, the suit keeps to muscle tight and compressed, definitely lessees any leg wobble off the wall and during heavy sprint kicking. It also encourages you to length right out through your body and core. The suits come up to the mid back, offering support throughout the torso. Continue reading “Blueseventy NeroFit”

2018 is Here




I guess with 2018 nearly here this is the perfect time to set goals and ambitions; there is no better time to share my plans for this coming year. After a winter off Cyclocross, it’s safe to say I have been a little lost, a little jealous of the muddy instagram pictures and wearing my wellies.  I love to race but sometimes the hardest thing about being an athlete is admitting you are just doing too much. I had a good tri seas


on in 2017 however even on my A races I knew I wasn’t at my total best, general life and work don’t always prove easy while trying to balance training like a pro and racing against the best athletes in Europe. I was literally bouncing from tri season to cross season to MTB, swimming and fell running. Recovery as we all know is essential not so much physically but also mentally, I always put a lot of pressure on myself and I am definitely my own worst critic. So taking a break from cross has allowed me to first focus more on my own work, and give that little extra to my athletes I work with, which I promised myself I would do, sharing my experiences with others is a part of my job I love the most, ev


en if this is sometimes by sarcastically motivating my grumpy teenage swimmers at 5am morning training – being a swimmer is hard work. I have also gone back to my roots a little more and spent more time swimming, my cycle training has continued but with a little less pressure to perform week in week out. I am now focusing on my running to improve my 10k times especially for the Xterra triathlons. Alongside this, dropping cross allowed me to enjoy having a little more time being “normal” and spending time with friends and family. This year the plan is to enter 2-3 Xterra Triathlons at Pro level and I am also going to look into qualifying to the ITU European and World CrossTriathlon Championships. I have just come back from Lanzarote after a hard weeks training an


d holiday, consisting mainly of swimming training and strength and conditioning work. 2018


offers not just me but all of you the opportunity to experience new things, I am a total worrier and spend a lot of time thinking about the what if’s but with a great team of people and sponsors supporting me, I’m hoping for an exciting 2018. Thanks as always to Gary and RFS for coaching me and Phoebe, Nat and Sarah for being my constant source of encouragement.


While I’m here I also want to make a big shout out for Mark Anthony Bike Shop in Buxton, they have extended the shop, and now can offer such a range of products, there really is something for everyone, please shop local and reap the benefit of proper customer care.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer

The Charity Bike Shop – Prestbury

Do you have any spare / old kit that you don’t use any more. Team HeadSet had a good old clear out and down size on our old cycling kit. We all have so much quality kit, that we never use, share the love and make a difference to Children with Cancer. You can donate anything cycling related, clothing, bikes, spare parts books and accessories, all will be received gratefully. If you have not got anything to donate, go and get shopping, there are some pretty unique items, and definitely more fun than shopping online. The bike shop is on brilliant training ground, go for a spin around Cheshire the roads are fast flat and there are plenty of posh coffee shop around there too.

Shop Location: Wilmslow Road Prestbury, Stockport, United Kingdom



Rapha Hill Climb


In very wet conditions, I ventured to the Rapha Hill Climb, put on by Manchester Wheelers. Last year the event was very busy with a very strong busy field of riders. This year the rain definitely, put people off, only 14 riders. My time was nearly one minute slower than last year, but my power up by 5w. The flume of water and rain on the roads slowed thing down, but I was very happy with my performance and gave it my all. Manchester wheels always put on great events, with plenty of cakes to follow. The prizes are always awesome and a brilliant day out.

Xterra Germany


Sometimes you surprise yourself, Germany sort of filled me with a bit of dread, it was the first Xterra gold standard race I had done, there were more pro’s than I have ever raced before, and I didn’t know what to expect on the bike course. So I pre rode the course on the official group ride, which was actually me and two French guys. However going out with those two, helped fill me with some positivity, I watched their lines, their choice of routes etc, and they kindly waited for me so I didn’t get lost. The route was up up up, 3675ft of climbing, so I kept telling myself I will be fine it’s all uphill, you’re good at uphill. However I also knew I had to come down. The descents were hard, but broken up with fire roads between. Continue reading “Xterra Germany”

Xterra Poland 2017



It’s the first time I have done a double week of Xterra so it was always going to be a new experience. First Poland followed by the oldest Xterra Gold Standard race Germany.

How to sum up Poland, I have rarely done the same events more than once, but for some reason Krakow just called me back, probably the Polish food, but also the event organisers were brilliant, helpful and friendly and they welcomed us to come back. I knew the course, I knew the swim and I knew what to expect from last year, however this didn’t really ease the nerves. I wouldn’t have made it to Poland with Gary McCaffery’s advanced driving (over 12hours on the road). Once at Krakow, I felt a bit more relaxed, I pre rode the course and nothing major had changed. Continue reading “Xterra Poland 2017”

Challenge Geraardsbergen


This race sort of shouted at me to enter, I am a sucker for a hard race and when it stated you had to ride the Muur van Geraardsbergen, a cobbled climb famous in the Tour of Flanders, I signed up. Preparations for the race, were structured and planned, I find like everyone else the training, work and resting balance of life very difficult. Turning Pro has definitely added to the pressure of getting it right, but on the whole I was feeling confident for a good race. I finished work at 7pm and headed to the Euro tunnel, however this didn’t go to plan, with a broken clutch on the van near London, we had an unexpected tow back to Derbyshire arriving back home in Derbyshire at 4.30am. Not ideal preparation but not down hearted, I rebooked the Euro tunnel and we set off again the day after. The journey to Belgium was pretty bad and not how we planned, but Saturday was a new day, we drove the bike course, looked at the swim and did the usual race prep. Continue reading “Challenge Geraardsbergen”

Single Track 7 – 1st Solo Female

34671183865_3e20ebd70e_z.jpgSingletrack 7 is a MTB enduro event, that can be done as a solo rider or in pairs. It is a 6k lap and the aim is to do as many laps in 7 hours. I entered the solo races, thinking that after all the riding in Scotland 7 hours wouldn’t be that bad. Alongside me I have Nat and Phoebe doing the female pairs race and Sarah and James doing the mixed team, so it was a great event as I had so many friendly faces supporting me. I had an excellent start and gained a good position, for the first hour, I settled into the race, got to know the course. My pacing was consistent all day with the exception of the 4 hour mark, where I dropped off a little and focused on refuelling and conserving some energy for the second half of the race. The course was suitable for everyone from elite riders to beginners, the event was held in Catton Park, beautiful surroundings, lined with bluebells in the woods and just the perfect location for a fun action packed race. I won the solo category and overall was very pleased with my performance, my riding was consistent and with it being such a long race gave me plenty of thinking time to work on my techniques and skills. Phoebe and Nat took the win in their category and Sarah and James 4th.  Singletrack 7 is a fun, social event and this atmosphere was felt on and off the course. Jo Barnet my Osteopath and Abi Waterfall of Results Fitness and Swimming gained a 3rd in the female pair. A great weekend all round. My advice to anyone looking into the long MTB enduro’s would be to plan your nutrition well. High5 have some great guides on fuelling for long events and definitely worth a read.

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