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13 November 2017 0 Comments

2017 – could do better

I’m done for another year. The race bike is booked in to Steve the cycle mechanic for a pre hibernation fettle, and all thoughts of squeezing in a late season cycle sportive or half marathon have been put to bed. It has been a bit of a strange season all considered. I failed to hit […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 October 2014 0 Comments

2014 Season Review

After the 2 previous seasons where injury had limited my races I was approaching 2014 with a renewed sense of optimism. 2013 saw me finish only one triathlon (Henley Half) and 2012 was similar. However, a new injury prevention regime meant that I trained fairly consistently through the winter. Lack of confidence in my body, […]

27 November 2013 0 Comments

2013 – A funny old season

The 2013 season for me was very like 2012 in many ways. For the first half of the year I was still trying to recover from my achilles injury of the previous year. Despite long periods of doing no running and physio nothing seemed to be working. It was only when I started to do […]

3 October 2012 1 Comment

2012, it’s a wrap

Looking out of the window the skies are dark and the rain is pouring down. It doesn’t seemed to have stopped for a week. Last week we had a whole months worth of rainfall in 24 hours. All in all it’s not very conducive to riding your bike. Actually, when the weather is fine there […]

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 […]

6 October 2010 1 Comment

Bottled it: season over. 2010 Season Review

The weather forecast for the Oulton Park Duathlon was truly awful and my waning motivation for racing was being sorely tested. Sure enough, when my alarm went off at 5:45 on Sunday morning all I could hear was the rain drumming down. Staying in bed seemed a better option. That’s it, season ended. But it’s […]

9 October 2009 0 Comments

2009: the Big Review

Last Saturday’s Tour of the Pennines was my last endurance event of the season (and what an endurance event it was!). I’m now having a fortnight off all training to let the aches, tweaks and niggles accumulated over the year work themselves out of my system. It’s an ideal opportunity to look back at the […]

2 January 2009 0 Comments

Highlights of ’08 and looking forward to ’09

Credit Crunch notwithstanding, 2008 saw two major personal highlights for me. The first was getting under seven hours for the UK 70.3 Ironman at Wimbleball; and the second was coming in under six hours for the Vitruvian. More pleasing in many ways was the fact that I trained much better for the year and generally […]