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17 July 2017 2 Comments

Worse than I hoped, better than I feared

The alarm beeped intrusively at 3:28 in our hotel room at the Premier Inn at Malthouse Farm. Billy Winn and I had shared accommodation for Ironman UK last year, and it seemed to work OK – no disturbance for family and dogs who could slumber on ready for their exertions on the side of the […]

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 […]

22 July 2015 0 Comments

The Cleveland Windman

After the brutal “A Day in the Lakes” triathlon of 3 weeks ago, Saturday’s Cleveland Steelman was supposed to be a breeze (well it was, but not in a good way). I was hoping for 2 things from this event: an overall pb for half ironman (and getting under 5 hours 30 mins would be […]

14 November 2011 20 Comments

Something I hadn’t bargained for

The switch from breaststroke to front crawl has had a side effect I hadn’t quite expected. The 2 strokes are quite different in that the main propulsion in breaststroke is from your leg kick, and for front crawl the primary function of the leg kick is for stability (at least it is for distance swimmers). […]

9 November 2011 4 Comments

Swim Update

It is now 4 weeks since I started 1 to 1 swimming lessons with David Drury at Swimtime North Lancs. The big issue with my front crawl was my complete inability to go beyond 25metres without going into massive aerobic debt. In short, I couldn’t breathe. In 4 lessons David has got me slowing my […]

15 October 2011 0 Comments

A New Chapter

This morning, while a certain small nation was having its heart broken by an Irishman with French heritage, I was opening a new chapter in my triathlon life. I was having a swimming lesson. I was approaching this with a degree of trepidation as my half-hearted attempts to teach myself front crawl have led to […]

15 September 2011 0 Comments

The Open Water Blues

Open Water seems to be the new black. David Walliams’ incredible efforts in swimming the length of the Thames and his previous Channel crossing have been perhaps the most outward expression of its burgeoning popularity. At the Beijing Olympics the men’s 10km open water swim was one of the most compelling events in the whole […]

21 August 2011 1 Comment

The Swim Conundrum

I’ve always been very open about the fact that I’m a useless swimmer. Actually I can swim breaststroke reasonably well, well enough to have successfully negotiated 3 Ironman swims, but every time I have the temerity to try front crawl I am gasping and out of breath within 25 metres. Once or twice people have […]