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11 October 2017 0 Comments

Changing Direction

As the 2017 season peters out in a welter of Atlantic depressions thoughts inevitably turn to 2018. I still have a sportive to do this year before I finally bring down the curtain on a bit of a strange season for me, but it hasn’t stopped me from flexing the plastic and getting 2018 organised. […]

13 September 2017 0 Comments

My Triathlon Bucket List

Having reached the grand old age of 54 and competed in 50 triathlons, I have fallen into, I suppose, a fairly reflective mood as the 2017 winds up. I’ve been thinking about what remaining goals I have in this sport I’ve come to love so much. As age and injury begins to take an increasing […]

7 September 2017 0 Comments

Sprint Triathlons Are Tough!

Last night was the final midweek sprint triathlon of the year at Capernwray Dive Centre. This 4 race series is developing into quite a popular fixture in the northwest tri calendar. Judging by the different tops on display most tri clubs in the region were represented. COLT, of course, had the most entries with 16 […]

6 September 2017 0 Comments

50th Triathlon

Today’s Capernwray sprint will be my 50th triathlon! I had planned for it to be Ironman UK, but the cancellation of the first Capernwray sprint and the conversion of Epicman into a duathlon meant that IMUK turned out to be my 48th. Here are my triathlons in stats: ————- 11 Sprint distance races 15 Olympic […]

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3 August 2017 0 Comments

Cool Times

Looking back at my race history last night’s Capernwray Mid Week Sprint Triathlon was significant for two reasons. Firstly (and shockingly) it was my first sprint distance triathlon for 9 years! Secondly, it was my 49th triathlon, leaving me wondering where I might line up for my 5oth. Why so long since my last sprint […]

17 July 2017 2 Comments

Worse than I hoped, better than I feared

The alarm beeped intrusively at 3:28 in our hotel room at the Premier Inn at Malthouse Farm. Billy Winn and I had shared accommodation for Ironman UK last year, and it seemed to work OK – no disturbance for family and dogs who could slumber on ready for their exertions on the side of the […]

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 caf?s 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 […]