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30 January 2017 0 Comments

A Year Powered by Etixx

Note: all the products reviewed below were won in a competition except where noted. No-one from Etixx has asked me to write this post or has requested editorial input. Product links provided are to the Etixx website and there are no affiliate marketing codes included if you follow them. Last year a couple of very […]

22 March 2016 0 Comments

The Dreaded Diet Question

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are blooming even as far north as the Lune Valley, where I live. Minds turn once more to the fast approaching race season: Ironman UK is less than 4 months away and there is plenty of racing to be done before that to get myself in shape. Standing on the […]

23 November 2014 0 Comments

What’s not to like?

It takes a lot for me to shift my post ride eating habits from my Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich, but this week I received a freebie sample of a couple of Science in Sport mint choc Rego bars. I’ve never been a particular fan of the protein recovery bar. I find them too chewy and […]

7 November 2014 0 Comments

Where did it all go wrong?

It’s nearly two months since the last triathlon of the season, and I’m still mulling over the reasons for my non performance. My finish time of 6:08:13 at Weymouth was the first time I’d been over 6 hours in 6 years (last time was Wimbleball in 2008 and anyone who’s done that course knows that […]

17 October 2014 0 Comments

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich

The Danger Zone As we are constantly told, whenever we complete a hard training session or race, it’s really important to eat to put back some of the energy lost and replenish nutrients to aid recovery. The trouble is that whenever you read about this in a magazine the suggested foods of choice?tend to appeal […]

7 October 2014 0 Comments

Hydrate, or be damned

I hate energy drinks. The fizzy ones are for teenagers wanting to get hyper on vodka and stimulants (I wonder what percentage of Red Bull sales go to athletes?). But even the ones aimed at sportspeople are unpleasantly sweet. In a race they get slopped all over your frame and your body leaving a nasty […]

19 August 2014 0 Comments

Peanut Power

The internet is full of advice on how to make money by blogging – carrying ads, providing backlinks, taking guestposts etc. all provide ways of making a little pocket money if you’re serious. But to actually break big time and get the kind of attention that will make you a living is hugely difficult and […]

4 June 2014 0 Comments

Licking your wounds

photo credit: ratterrell via photopin cc Most of us have stressed our bodies at some point enough to initiate really stiff and sore muscles the following day. I vividly recollect the first time I ran a marathon at the age of 20. Me and my two buddies completed the Potteries Marathon in 1982 in a […]

5 November 2013 2 Comments

Sporting Myths

One of the great problems with all sports, not just triathlon, is that there is money to be made out of selling stuff to sports people. Big Money. To make matters worse, athletes are real suckers for the marketing trick. We’re constantly on the look out for that extra edge, that last percent of performance, […]

22 June 2013 0 Comments

Protein and more protein

There seems to be a bit of a fad with protein going around at the moment. You know when things are happening when the BBC magazine does a feature on the issue. A couple of weeks ago they ran an extensive article on the growth of protein shakes and bars into mainstream consumer shops rather […]

22 June 2013 1 Comment

The ultimate triathlon birthday cake

This is just amazing! Thanks Rachel! Hours of Fun Cakes

1 November 2012 0 Comments

Winter warmer

It has been quite a while since I last posted a recipe on my blog, but since winter seems to have arrived already and the clocks have gone back it is about time I indulged in my passion for warming peasant stews. These are ideal for making in industrial quantities and freezing so that you […]

26 October 2011 0 Comments

Silverdale in the Autumn

  Autumn; everything is winding down for the coming shutdown. The swallows are long gone and trees are in their full auburn glory (actually, the early autumn Atlantic depressions this year has meant that it isn’t a classic in these parts). The last triathlons of the season are done and the offroad triathlon, cyclo-cross, mountain […]

16 August 2011 0 Comments

The Ultimate Breakfast for Athletes

My family knows well that my favourite breakfast is solitary, with some fine espresso and some of the best croissants you can find with homemade jam, of course. Suffice it to say that breakfast is not the finest hour of my day and my kids know well that waiting until I’ve been fed and watered […]

18 March 2011 2 Comments

Northern Foods Part 1: Mushy Peas

One of my favourite cycling blogs recently has been the Inner Ring which specialises in analysis and views of the pro cycling scene. It often casts a critical and welcome light ?on the politics of cycling and the various interested parties. As a light hearted diversion from the murky relations between the UCI, the pro […]