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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 August 2011 2 Comments

IM Regensburg, the Movie

Here’s a slideshow I made from the photopack from Ironman Regensburg. The pain is already fading and I’m turning my thoughts to 2012… Ironman Regensburg 2011 on PhotoPeach

14 August 2011 4 Comments

Reaching the limits of human performance (of a time constrained, asthmatic 48 year old)?

I am now the proud owner of 3 Ironman finisher shirts! I find that quite hard to believe as I’m not the superfit skinny endurance athlete that many people think of when they think about Ironman triathlon. I’ve written in a previous post about what I perceive as “Ironman Machismo” and how it stops people […]

10 August 2011 2 Comments

Doing Regensburg

Ironman Regensburg is new to the Ironman circuit, and last Sunday was only its second running. In common with other German iron distance events it is very well organised and because the town is only just over an hour from Munich airport it makes it appealing as a venue for a first foreign Ironman adventure. […]

8 August 2011 9 Comments

A wet day in Bavaria

It was raining when I got up at 4:30am; it was raining as the swim started at 7:00; and it only finally stopped some 7 hours later as I neared the end of the bike ride. At one point, on a fast descent, it was raining so hard the drops hurt as they hit your […]

7 August 2011 0 Comments

The day has arrived

I have just finished breakfast with about 20 other lost souls at the Hotel Am See in Neutraubling. Now it’s time to disturb my support team. Off to the start in half an hour where squeezing 2,300 athletes into an oversize duckpond should be fun. Feeling ok! Will blog later!

2 August 2011 0 Comments

Guggenberger See on a grey day

I’ve just driven around the Ironman course for Ironman Regensburg. There is a fair bit of climbing to be done, but that’s compensated by some excellent downhill on generally good road surfaces. The southern half of the loop is flat but quite exposed. Worst case scenario is a strong westerly wind. The lake itself is […]

21 July 2011 6 Comments

Ironman Machismo

I’ve finished 2 Ironman races. Slowly. A while back I wrote a blog post on how I felt that anyone who set their mind to it could complete one (read it here). Obviously I need to qualify that by stating that health issues might make it significantly harder for some, but I stand by my […]

29 June 2011 0 Comments

Adding it all up

photo ? 2009 Her Own Journey | more info (via: Wylio)It’s a little over 5 weeks to Ironman Regensburg, my 3rd Ironman. That give me just 3 weeks of heavy duty mileage before I need to start to seriously back off. As usual, I haven’t done enough swimming, cycling or running and I really need […]