I was a little on the puny side as a kid and Dad suggested I run with bricks to help build myself up.
I’ll never forget the year I raced Mark Allen at an indoor triathlon in Bourdeaux. Mark and I had a sprint finish... of course Brad Beven lapped all of us.
The bottom line was I trained really really hard. Not only by myself, I worked with Brad Beven and we used to train each other into the ground.
My hero was Brad Beven – my sole aim was to emulate what he did.
We raced a World Cup in Russia, and racing there is a little bit different. They put us up in a hotel which was like something out of Batman, some Gothic huge thing [...]. For food they'd bring out a plate with a great, big cow's tongue on it, and nothing else, no veges or anything, just a great, big cow's tongue. Obviously we didn't eat that. We asked what the soup was and they said it was fat soup. It was just great big lumps of lard that obviously they eat in Winter, or give foreigners, one of the two.
Hear more of this interview and Brad's travel yarns in Part 4 of Brad's afterburn.tv interview.*
In 1990 just before Worlds, Welshy got stuck in Canada because of Visa problems, they wouldn't let him out of the country, which is fair enough, who would? Usually they don't let you in when you're Welshy.
Hear the rest of this interview and more Welshy stories in Part 3 of Brad's afterburn.tv Champions Series interview.*