2007 Silver at the European Duathlon Championships
Mark Threlfall is an ex-professional triathlete having been part of the British Triathlon team for many years, following a successful early career as a swimmer.
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Edge has allowed me to regularly and easily keep a check of my iron levels, which is something I was struggling to do before without trips to the hospital. This means I can stop levels from becoming dangerously high, which is not only bad for my performance but also my health. It also means I can plan when to give blood to bring my levels back down, which obviously also has a negative effect on performance. Being able to plan these in for the off-season and away from racing was vital for me, and continues to be with the new challenges that I am undertaking with GTN.
Mark started out his career at the age of 11 when he started to compete nationally as a swimmer, competing at a national level and podiuming at the national championships, before making the transition to triathlon around 2007.
Mark always had his sights set on representing Great Britain at the Olympics and was selected for the World Class Programme for Great Britain in 2007, from there he competed in both World and European Championship events. During this time Mark won silver at the European Duathlon Championships in 2007, and bronze at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. Mark progressed onto middle distance triathlons in 2012, where he was placed 3rd at Ironman 70.3 UK in his first year as a professional.
In 2012 Mark stepped up to longer distance triathlons, having great success, all this while he was battling with turbulent health. Then in 2015/16 Mark found out he had Haemochromatosis, which is a hereditary condition where iron levels gradually build up in the body over time. This obviously had an adverse effect on Mark’s health. This is where Edge came in, Mark has been able to monitor his iron levels and calculate when he has to give blood to bring his iron levels down without affecting his racing schedule.
You can find Mark on the Global Triathlon Network YouTube channel.
What is your Pre-competition meal?
You can't go wrong with Pizza or a Spag Bol.
Favourite music for motivation?
Some cheesy electro.
What is your go-to treat?
Those Crimbles' chocolate coated macarons.
What Superhero would you be?
Given my iron levels and triathlon, I would have to be Ironman.
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I have a very keen interest in human physiology and with my background in Physiotherapy and sport science, I am keen to invest in the technical side of adaptation to ensure my training is maximised. Edge is a key component of my training plan as the tests provided will enable me to see the tangible improvements from this one aspect of my heavy endurance training programme.
100mile TT National Champ, 1st IM70.3 Tallinn
In 2019 I overtrained and ended up with an excessive inflammation injury whilst training for an Ironman. I needed to take a long hard look at my preparation. Edge helps me identify when I’m pushing too hard, when I need a rest, or when I can still maintain the training intensity. As a result, I’ve managed a 3rd consecutive PB in my IM races and hit the start line feeling 100% ready – a very rare thing indeed!
Ironman World Champs Qualifier
I use Edge to monitor my wellbeing, body stress levels and make sure my biomarkers are as they should be throughout the year.
2019 Ironman Wales Pro Winner
The female triathlete test allows me to regularly (every 4 months) ensure all the key biomarkers and hormones that reflect my state of health are where they should be. I have always found it hard to know when to push through on those tough, tired days and when to take a step back and allow myself some extra recovery time. Edge removes the guess work and gives me a significant advantage because I can optimise my training and minimise my risk of injuries and illnesses.
European AG Champion 2021