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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 […]

18 September 2016 0 Comments

A Trip To The Seaside

When imagining a traditional seaside resort it is hard to think of a more quintessentially English one than Weymouth. With its beautiful Esplanade full of hotels and guest houses; Punch and Judy; proper cafés and ice cream parlours (Rossi’s was founded in 1937 and, judging by the queues, is still going strong) it’s easy to […]

30 August 2016 0 Comments

What happened to my speed?

In 2014 I did 3 half Ironman races: the Beaver was first (bike is slightly short of the full half-Ironman) in 5:39 on what was a really wet day; second came the Cleveland Steelman which was also extremely wet, but I got around in 5:35. The third was the inaugural Challenge Weymouth which I completed […]

10 August 2016 0 Comments

Hoping to finish in style

I’ve just entered Ironman Weymouth 70.3 (or half ironman in other words). Unusually, as this is the first edition of this event, there is also a full Ironman on the same day. I’m guessing that with the proximity of Ironman Wales (the following weekend) there is a certain amount of bet hedging going on on […]

26 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – How did the race plan work out?

It’s just over a week since I crossed the finish line in Bolton and stopped the clock in 13 hours, 54 minutes and 48 seconds. It was my fifth Ironman and my first Ironman UK since 2010. In terms of time, it was my second fastest Ironman (my pb remains Regensburg in 2011 at 13:36:28), […]

7 June 2016 0 Comments

Trying to find the positives

With the mercury hitting 27°C in the afternoon, Sunday’s Bala triathlon was always going to be tough. I finished, but my time of  6:12:57 was slow. Last time I did this race (2010) the conditions were much cooler and I hit the tape in a much more respectable 5:39:46.  Looking at my split times it’s […]

22 May 2016 0 Comments

Getting the excuses in

Today’s Southport Triathlon didn’t quite go to the script. To be fair, I wasn’t expecting to get close to my time of 2:34:14 which I set in last year’s race. I comprehensively trashed my legs running a hill marathon last weekend and I was still in recovery mode. Nevertheless, I hoped for a time around […]

21 May 2016 0 Comments

Overdoing it?

Tomorrow is the first triathlon of the season for me. I don’t think it’s going to go well. It’s Vital Events’ Southport Triathlon and a flatter and faster course you could not hope to find. Moreover the weather forecast is pretty benign with sunny periods and a light breeze – the wind always being a […]

18 April 2016 0 Comments

Building Up To Bolton

The season is coming together quite nicely at the moment. Aside from some super stiff calf muscles from running too hard on the flat I’ve managed to remain pretty much injury free. My mileage for both running and cycling is well ahead of last year (we’ll skate over the swimming, as usual) and the events […]

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 […]

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 1 Comment

My Favourite Triathlons

Updated November 2015 and first published in 2010 These are my favourite triathlons. Most of them I’ve done more than once, and you’ll notice that they are all lake or reservoir swims (except Windsor, which is a river swim, and Wales which is a sea swim). They also all have countryside based bike legs. Not […]

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 […]

28 September 2015 0 Comments

My Top Tips for Triathlon Newbies

So you want to do a triathlon? Fantastic, it’s the best sport in the world! But where do you start? All the sage advice and opinions in magazines and online can seem a little overwhelming, intimidating or just over-filled with impenetrable jargon even for relatively seasoned competitors. And cutting through the marketing hype from companies […]

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 […]