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2 December 2015 0 Comments

2015 – The Toughest Year Yet

2015 for me was all about returning to Ironman racing. After 3 seasons of half ironman and Olympic distance racing I felt I had recovered sufficiently properly from my Achilles problem to up the ante once more and compete in an Ironman. Ironman UK had already sold out by the time I decided to enter […]

2 December 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest… Part 2

A continuation of my Ironman Wales race report part 1. Rather than have a cavalry charge of 2000 lemmings into the sea, the organisers at Tenby sensibly opted for a rolling start. So, after the hooter sounded my pen of similarly useless swimmers had a good 10 minutes of shuffling before we entered the sea. […]

2 November 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest…

The guy leading race briefing at Ironman Wales on the Saturday night revelled in his one liner: “There’s hard, harder, hardest (pause for effect),?then there’s Ironman Wales.” Words like “brutal” and “savage” were being bandied around by athletes describing the course. Yet, according to Ironman themselves, 51% of the athletes taking the start line the […]

22 September 2015 0 Comments

Don’t let its reputation put you off

Over 2,000 athletes entered Ironman Wales last week. Clearly they weren’t put off by the tough reputation of the course; and they were right not to be. We were treated to a fantastic race day experience. Here are 5 reasons why Ironman Wales should be right at the top of your list of “must do” […]

20 September 2015 0 Comments

Ironman Wales: How Did My Race Plan Work Out?

So, I crossed the line successfully in Tenby last weekend to finish my first Ironman for 4 years and my 4th overall, but how did the race performance measure up against my expectations, and how did my race plan work out? In all 3 of my previous Ironman races I have gone progressively quicker on […]

12 September 2015 1 Comment

The wait is almost over

I’m lying on my bed in my hotel room. My bike has been racked, transition bags hung up and nothing else left to do except race briefing, supper and an early bed. Tenby is buzzing expectantly, caf?s full, children capering around in their green “Ironkids” t shirts and a lot of tense looking athletes realising […]

8 September 2015 0 Comments

Tapering for Tenby

I want to go for a nice long bike ride. I can’t. Tapering for Ironman is a frustrating business. The idea is simple enough: reduce your training load as you get near a big event to make sure you hit the start line refreshed and raring to go. But actually doing it is much harder. […]

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 […]

30 August 2015 2 Comments

I can do no more

Ironman?Wales is 2 weeks today. Yesterday I ran a very hilly 26 kilometres. Tomorrow I’m riding for 6 hours. I can do no more. Am I ready? I don’t know. Nervous? Certainly. If I look at the three disciplines in turn I will try and summarise where I am. Swimming is my least favourite of […]

4 May 2015 0 Comments

All Change

Having thought that my race calendar would basically follow the same as last year, I’ve decided that I’m not ready for the Beaver Triathlon on 16th May so I’ve changed my races for the summer. I’m going to start with the Olympic distance at Keswick on 7th June. This should be good practice for the […]

27 March 2015 1 Comment

4 Years Older

I was rooting around in a drawer this morning and found my Ironman medals. It is now 4 years since I finished Ironman Regensburg. A nasty achilles injury ruined 2012 (a dnf, a dns and one late season tri was all I managed). 2013 wasn’t much better – trying to properly rehabilitate the achilles meant […]

1 January 2015 2 Comments

74.2

Not a new race distance or format, but my weight in kilos on Jan 1st. The number in itself isn’t particularly significant or something I worry about, but at this time of year people like to draw a line in the sand and work to a new goal. In my case, that goal is Ironman […]