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16 December 2016 0 Comments

2016 – a solid if not spectacular season

2015 had been all about returning to Ironman racing, and at the time I reckoned it to be my toughest season yet. To top that experience I had decided that 2016 would be another year of Ironman, but this time I would be racing in Bolton. Having been a member of COLT (City of Lancaster […]

27 April 2016 1 Comment

5th Time Lucky

My record at the excellent Wrynose or Bust¬†sportive is lamentable. I have entered 5 times and my results for the first four are as follows: 2012 – Did not start: illness 2013 – Did not start: last minute family holiday 2014 – Did not finish: chain broke at 105 miles and I was too cold […]

18 April 2016 0 Comments

Building Up To Bolton

The season is coming together quite nicely at the moment. Aside from some super stiff calf muscles from running too hard on the flat I’ve managed to remain pretty much injury free. My mileage for both running and cycling is well ahead of last year (we’ll skate over the swimming, as usual) and the events […]

6 October 2014 0 Comments

2014 Season Review

After the 2 previous seasons where injury had limited my races I was approaching 2014 with a renewed sense of optimism. 2013 saw me finish only one triathlon (Henley Half) and 2012 was similar. However, a new injury prevention regime meant that I trained fairly consistently through the winter. Lack of confidence in my body, […]

16 April 2014 1 Comment

Almost Bust

I knew that a century ride through the southern Lake District would be tough. 110 miles including Wrynose Pass is never going to be an easy ride on a good day, but when the longest ride you’ve done all year is less than 50 miles you know you’re going to struggle before the start. The […]

28 April 2013 3 Comments

Bust!

The menu for today was the Wrynose or Bust sportive, a 115 mile jaunt around the southern Lake District including an ascent of Wrynose Pass from the west (the easier side) and, a new hill for me, Bigland Hill. The latter is going straight onto the leaderboard of all time nasty climbs. This was the […]

26 April 2013 0 Comments

Turning Killer Hills into Big Ring Climbs

Sadly, if you have arrived here looking for the training manual on how to turn yourself into a climbing beast you’ve come to the wrong blog post. Similarly if you are looking for advice on microdosing EPO or another “Drogue du jour” I suggest you look elsewhere. No, I’m talking about those killer hills that […]

15 April 2013 0 Comments

Crossroads

One thing is for certain, if I’m not posting on my triathlon blog regularly then things aren’t going well. In my last post I talked about the injury to my calf which I’m pleased to say is responding well to treatment. So much so that my physio has moved on to my left knee. Technically […]

11 April 2011 0 Comments

Wrynose or Bust (the latter being more likely)

photo ¬© 2008 Richard Barrett-Small | more info (via: Wylio) Rarely have I entered a sportive so out of condition. The Wrynose or Bust ride sets off from Halton Army Camp near Lancaster next Sunday and follows a route of 112 miles around the southern Lake District with, as the title suggests, an ascent of […]