9 May 2017 0 Comments

It’s Going To Be Epic

On June 11th a new triathlon will take place near Lancaster. The Epicman, run by Epic Events will feature a swim in the River Lune, a bicycle tour of the Forest of Bowland and a run along the cycle track next to the river. At only £60 to enter it is one of the cheapest […]

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 […]

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 July 2015 0 Comments

The Cleveland Windman

After the brutal “A Day in the Lakes” triathlon of 3 weeks ago, Saturday’s Cleveland Steelman was supposed to be a breeze (well it was, but not in a good way). I was hoping for 2 things from this event: an overall pb for half ironman (and getting under 5 hours 30 mins would be […]

16 July 2015 0 Comments

Imperfect Preparation

On Saturday I’m supposed to be racing at the Cleveland Steelman at Ellerton Park near Catterick. I say “supposed”, because last Sunday I fell off my bike. It was one of those really stupid and embarrassing crashes that occasionally befall cyclists. I’d been out training hard for 3 hours putting in some big TT efforts, […]

30 June 2015 0 Comments

A Day in the Lakes

It’s official, I am a rain magnet. Yet again I was lining up for the start of a triathlon in the rain. This was no ordinary triathlon, however. This was “A Day in the Lakes”. This race is, without a doubt, one of the toughest half-ironman races in the UK. With over 3,500 ft of […]

22 June 2015 0 Comments

Worried

I confess that I’m feeling a bit worried, intimidated even, about Sunday’s “A Day in the Lakes”, triathlon. It’s a half-ironman in distance, but that’s just the start of it. The bike leg climbs Kirkstone Pass and Shap Fell, prior to a fell run with about 700 metres of ascent built in. So, it’s not […]