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3 August 2016 0 Comments

Ironman 5: The Recovery

It is now 2½ weeks since Ironman UK so it’s a good time to review my recovery and plan my next adventure. This being my 5th Ironman I had a good idea of what to expect and this time around was no different: 1-3 hours:   Depressed appetite, shivers, elevated temperature. (Try to eat and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]