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18 May 2017 0 Comments

Recovering

Good news! My achilles injury is definitely on the mend. Reading around the subject it seems that calf injuries are increasingly common in athletes as age takes a grip. This chimes with me as I seem to be constantly battling calf strains and ankle injuries. The biological reasons why are not yet understood but a […]

2 May 2017 0 Comments

The Tendinitis Curse Strikes

5 years ago I got a nasty case of tendinitis in my left achilles tendon. The stats speak for themselves. That year I managed a miserly 157km of running with long gaps between. It was brought on by an over ambitious attempt at a fast 10k road race in which I hadn’t warmed up sufficiently. […]

18 April 2017 1 Comment

Running Problems

2016 was the strongest running year I’ve had since staring triathlon 14 years ago. I ran 1,302km over the course of the year and smashed my Ironman marathon best at Ironman UK. I also managed something that I never have before, and that was to run every day for a whole month, notching up 272km […]

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 […]

6 December 2016 2 Comments

Finishing with a whimper

Throughout October I had been a model of consistency, running every day of the month. Once the days darkened into November things took a different turn. With a target to hit of 5,000km cycling for the year I thought I’d better jump on my bike to have any hope of meeting it. It was a […]

4 March 2016 0 Comments

Injury Strikes

I only have myself to blame…and Strava. 2016 had started well, I was up on my training numbers from previous years and had even started to do some mileage on the bicycle. I was aware that I probably needed to step it back for a week or so as one or two niggles had started […]

22 February 2016 0 Comments

To tape or not to tape

If you’ve ever been to a physio in recent years, there’s a fair chance that you’ve come out covered in gaudily coloured tape carefully added to various parts of your body in complex strips designed to stimulate the muscles and aid recovery. This stuff is expensive and is, to a large degree, accepted as a […]

15 May 2014 0 Comments

Barefoot and back on the blog

After almost a month of not posting on my blog an article by renowned sports scientist Ross Tucker prompted me to write again. It seems that Vibram, producers of the Five Fingers?minimalist, or barefoot running shoe have been fined a whopping $3.75m for making unsubstantiated claims in their advertising. Now the attentive reader will undoubtedly […]

2 September 2013 0 Comments

Putting a spring back in my step

Yesterday in training I ran a half marathon, the same as the Sunday before. Nothing remarkable in that, especially the time I took (just under 2 hours yesterday), but in the context of what’s gone before you’ll forgive me for feeling extraordinarily pleased with myself. It is now 18 months since I first injured my […]

24 May 2013 3 Comments

Drifting without purpose

The calendar is empty. No sportives signed up for; no triathlons; the ability to seriously consider an Ironman rapidly waning. After the Fred Whitton attempt of 2 weeks ago in which my motivation failed to overcome the ?inclement conditions that the riders faced and I became another DNF stat among many, I have been left […]

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 […]

24 March 2013 1 Comment

Tibialis Posterior Muscle Micro Tear

My physiotherapist is great. She goes into great anatomical detail as to why I’m experiencing the pain that I am feeling. She also has an unerring ability to home in on the exact spot where the problem lies, often quite different to where I think it is. My latest injury is to the tibialis posterior […]

17 March 2013 0 Comments

Injury blight strikes again

Although I have been managing to up my running to a much more consistent level this year ?- averaging just over 20km a week, I’ve been regularly tweaking calf muscles. So far, whenever I’ve felt a calf tighten I’ve stretched it out, reduced pace, thrown in an extra day’s rest and so on. Yesterday I […]

13 September 2012 0 Comments

“…first you have to finish.”

In motor racing there is an adage, “To finish first, first you have to finish.” I’ve seen it attributed to Rick Mears, the Indy Car champ and to the legendary Stirling Moss. While I have never had pretensions of finishing first in a triathlon, finishing is something I normally take for granted. In 9 seasons […]

14 August 2012 0 Comments

Ride with Wiggo

It’s almost 3 months since my last failed attempt at a triathlon. Despite lots of physio I am still being plagued by?tendinitis?in my left achilles. Luckily, a combination of lots of stretching ice and a new pair of running shoes seems to have set me on the right path. Equally luckily it only seems to […]