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. […]

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 […]