3 August 2016 0 Comments

Ironman 5: The Recovery

It is now 2½ weeks since Ironman UK so it’s a good time to review my recovery and plan my next adventure. This being my 5th Ironman I had a good idea of what to expect and this time around was no different: 1-3 hours:   Depressed appetite, shivers, elevated temperature. (Try to eat and […]

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), […]

18 July 2016 0 Comments

Ironman UK – the big report

After 4 successful Ironman races I was beginning to feel reasonably relaxed about the build up to Ironman UK, 2016. Registration was no hassle and apart from a bit of traffic around T1 for bike racking I got back to race briefing at Bolton Wanderers’ stadium in a pretty calm state. This would be my […]

4 July 2016 0 Comments

Home Straight

  Clicking “submit” on your entry into an Ironman always has a slight air of unreality about it, not least because for most races you have to enter so early to secure your slot that there is nearly a year of training and racing to be done before the fateful day itself finally rolls around. It […]

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 December 2015 0 Comments

Hard, Harder, Hardest… Part 2

A continuation of my Ironman Wales race report part 1. Rather than have a cavalry charge of 2000 lemmings into the sea, the organisers at Tenby sensibly opted for a rolling start. So, after the hooter sounded my pen of similarly useless swimmers had a good 10 minutes of shuffling before we entered the sea. […]

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 […]

22 September 2015 0 Comments

Don’t let its reputation put you off

Over 2,000 athletes entered Ironman Wales last week. Clearly they weren’t put off by the tough reputation of the course; and they were right not to be. We were treated to a fantastic race day experience. Here are 5 reasons why Ironman Wales should be right at the top of your list of “must do” […]

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 […]

12 September 2015 1 Comment

The wait is almost over

I’m lying on my bed in my hotel room. My bike has been racked, transition bags hung up and nothing else left to do except race briefing, supper and an early bed. Tenby is buzzing expectantly, cafés full, children capering around in their green “Ironkids” t shirts and a lot of tense looking athletes realising […]

8 September 2015 0 Comments

Tapering for Tenby

I want to go for a nice long bike ride. I can’t. Tapering for Ironman is a frustrating business. The idea is simple enough: reduce your training load as you get near a big event to make sure you hit the start line refreshed and raring to go. But actually doing it is much harder. […]

31 August 2015 0 Comments

My Ironman History

Ironman Wales on 13th September will be my fourth full Ironman. Here are the stats and race reports for the previous 3: Race Date Swim Bike Run Trans Time Report IM UK 02/08/09 1:46:52 7:32:53 5:23:22 0:22:21 15:05:26 Report IM UK 01/08/10 1:28:21 6:54:21 5:25:34 0:14:52 14:03:06 Report IM Regensburg 07/08/11 1:34:36 6:14:05 5:24:36 0:13:21 […]

30 August 2015 2 Comments

I can do no more

Ironman Wales is 2 weeks today. Yesterday I ran a very hilly 26 kilometres. Tomorrow I’m riding for 6 hours. I can do no more. Am I ready? I don’t know. Nervous? Certainly. If I look at the three disciplines in turn I will try and summarise where I am. Swimming is my least favourite of […]

15 October 2010 2 Comments

X Factor v The Ironman

No, not a new Marvel Comics franchise movie, but the situation I faced on Saturday night. My kids love the X factor (and to a lesser degree, Strictly Come Dancing) – note for overseas readers, both are appalling celeb/talent shows with no redeeming features. Fortunately, I had a laptop and a wifi connection so I […]