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31 August 2015 0 Comments

My Ironman History

Ironman Wales on 13th September will be my fourth full Ironman. Here are the stats and race reports for the previous 3: Race Date Swim Bike Run Trans Time Report IM UK 02/08/09 1:46:52 7:32:53 5:23:22 0:22:21 15:05:26 Report IM UK 01/08/10 1:28:21 6:54:21 5:25:34 0:14:52 14:03:06 Report IM Regensburg 07/08/11 1:34:36 6:14:05 5:24:36 0:13:21 […]

19 September 2011 1 Comment

2011 – character building

For the 3rd season in a row my race season was dominated by an Ironman race. Where the season differed was in the build up; I raced more triathlons, including a half ironman, and did fewer cycle sportives. I also moved house again, this time up to the village of Caton, near Lancaster. This enabled […]

31 August 2011 2 Comments

IM Regensburg, the Movie

Here’s a slideshow I made from the photopack from Ironman Regensburg. The pain is already fading and I’m turning my thoughts to 2012… Ironman Regensburg 2011 on PhotoPeach

14 August 2011 4 Comments

Reaching the limits of human performance (of a time constrained, asthmatic 48 year old)?

I am now the proud owner of 3 Ironman finisher shirts! I find that quite hard to believe as I’m not the superfit skinny endurance athlete that many people think of when they think about Ironman triathlon. I’ve written in a previous post about what I perceive as “Ironman Machismo” and how it stops people […]

10 August 2011 2 Comments

Doing Regensburg

Ironman Regensburg is new to the Ironman circuit, and last Sunday was only its second running. In common with other German iron distance events it is very well organised and because the town is only just over an hour from Munich airport it makes it appealing as a venue for a first foreign Ironman adventure. […]

8 August 2011 9 Comments

A wet day in Bavaria

It was raining when I got up at 4:30am; it was raining as the swim started at 7:00; and it only finally stopped some 7 hours later as I neared the end of the bike ride. At one point, on a fast descent, it was raining so hard the drops hurt as they hit your […]

7 August 2011 0 Comments

The day has arrived

I have just finished breakfast with about 20 other lost souls at the Hotel Am See in Neutraubling. Now it’s time to disturb my support team. Off to the start in half an hour where squeezing 2,300 athletes into an oversize duckpond should be fun. Feeling ok! Will blog later!

3 August 2011 1 Comment

Trials of Tapering

It’s Wednesday morning, the sun is beating down from a brilliant Austrian sky and I’m reclining in the shade of the tent contemplating the ordeal to come. Ironman Regensburg seems a world away from the Alpine playground in which we find ourselves. We’re staying at Sportcamp Woferlgut in Bruck near Zell am See. I can’t […]

2 August 2011 0 Comments

Guggenberger See on a grey day

I’ve just driven around the Ironman course for Ironman Regensburg. There is a fair bit of climbing to be done, but that’s compensated by some excellent downhill on generally good road surfaces. The southern half of the loop is flat but quite exposed. Worst case scenario is a strong westerly wind. The lake itself is […]

21 July 2011 6 Comments

Ironman Machismo

I’ve finished 2 Ironman races. Slowly. A while back I wrote a blog post on how I felt that anyone who set their mind to it could complete one (read it here). Obviously I need to qualify that by stating that health issues might make it significantly harder for some, but I stand by my […]

18 July 2011 0 Comments

It’s all getting very real

As I drove through Bolton this morning I noticed that the road closure signs for Ironman UK are up. For the last 2 seasons this race was the focus of my season, and the appearance of the signs gave me a slight tinge of regret that I won’t be on the startline this year. Instead, […]

29 June 2011 0 Comments

Adding it all up

photo © 2009 Her Own Journey | more info (via: Wylio)It’s a little over 5 weeks to Ironman Regensburg, my 3rd Ironman. That give me just 3 weeks of heavy duty mileage before I need to start to seriously back off. As usual, I haven’t done enough swimming, cycling or running and I really need […]

30 December 2010 0 Comments

The Menu for 2011

2011 will be my 9th triathlon season and will be marked by my first event outside the UK. On August 7th I’ll be lining up for Ironman Regensburg in Germany. This will be my 3rd Ironman and I’m hoping that I can improve my time again and head towards the 13 hour mark. To that […]

10 August 2010 3 Comments

Ironman UK 2010: how did my race plan work out?

After Ironman UK 2009 I took a hard look at how my race worked out and came to some fairly clear conclusions: I needed to do some over distance swims and some swim/bike bricks to lessen the impact of the swim on my bike split; I needed to radically overhaul my nutrition plan to try […]