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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 […]

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, […]

25 May 2014 3 Comments

Soggy

When I peered out of my window of the rather basic hotel room at 5:30 a.m. I feared the worst. Despite checking every weather website I could think of in order to find a good forecast, there seemed to be unanimity among the soothsayers, crystal ballers and meteorologists, it was going to be wet. Very […]

19 May 2014 0 Comments

Third Time Lucky?

On Saturday I’ll be lining up for the Beaver Triathlon for the third time. Set in and around the grounds of Belvoir Castle near Grantham, the race is one of the earliest middle distance triathlons on the calendar. Being a Just Racing event it’s well organised and relaxed as you’d expect for an outfit that […]

26 May 2012 2 Comments

Beaver Breakdown

Last Monday I was swimming in a gravel pit near Carnforth for the 1st open water session of the season. I swam quite well for me mainly because it was so darn cold that I wanted to get out of the water as soon as possible. I exited with a classic “ice-cream headache” and as […]

24 May 2012 0 Comments

Return of the Beaver

After a stuttering start to my 2012 season racing begins in earnest with The Beaver Triathlon on Saturday. Last year was a wet and windy affair, which, coupled with a mechanical issue on my bike meant that things didn’t go quite to plan (race report here). Although I’m starting to feel quite strong on the […]

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 […]

31 May 2011 1 Comment

A PB, tough conditions and a little disappointment

The Beaver is a well organised event that certainly deserves more than the 370 odd starters it got on Saturday. Registration was a breeze (I turned up on Friday evening) and racking in the spacious transition zone could hardly have been easier. Add to that good marshalling, an almost perfect setting and potentially a fast […]

28 May 2011 1 Comment

Quick Beaver Update

Quick update from my phone, more considered post tomorrow. Boy was that tough! A strong headwind on the bike followed by a tough hill made the 3 lap bike route a very daunting prospect. I dug deep to get around in 2:34 (would have been sub 2:30 had I not had a minor mechanical problem). […]

30 December 2010 0 Comments

The Menu for 2011

2011 will be my 9th triathlon season and will be marked by my first event outside the UK. On August 7th I’ll be lining up for Ironman Regensburg in Germany. This will be my 3rd Ironman and I’m hoping that I can improve my time again and head towards the 13 hour mark. To that […]