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Stratford Calling ……....

Stratford Calling …….

Its been nearly 2 months since I posted about trying to beat 3 hours at London Marathon in April, I thought it might be time to add a progress report on how its going. What has changed ? Well, my statement about this not being easy hasn’t, far from it, I was right, fast running hurts !! Injury prevention has become a regular pastime, dealing with niggles when you are only running means using biking and swimming to recover or cross train loses important run mileage, so keeping up the aerobic fitness is a balance between mileage loss and reducing injury likelihood. I can feel my body is on the edge most of the time waiting to...

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IM Mallorca 2016 – Race Report...

IM Mallorca 2016 – Race Report

Ironman Mallorca 2016 – A tale of two races. After a great result at IMUK I reminded myself that a consistent build up and training was the key to a solid race, with this in mind I settled into the week before Mallorca with a different mindset. The buzz after UK was amazing, a few were baffled that I declined my Kona slot but my year had been mapped out long before IMUK and the aim was just to win the AG, then aim for Mallorca, whatever happened, I was at peace with the journey I had chosen to take for 2016. At the start of the year I...

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Kona 2012 – Photos

Kona 2012 – Photos

KONA 2012 – IM World Championships...

Cycle Insurance – Do I need it ?...

If you own a bike or two, the value is over £1000 and you train with others, then the answer is likely to be yes. Add in racing, travelling with your bike and a few gadgets and the answer starts to get a little clearer. When I was asked last year to be an Ambassador for bikmoplus.com, a new cycling insurance company I was interested but I wanted to know it was going to benefit my particular sport and something I could honestly put my name to. As a triathlete and cyclist I certainly have more interesting areas to keep myself occupied, lets face it, bike insurance is boring, the question is, do I need it ? I know my sport can be an expensive one...

Cycle Insurance – Do I need it ?
posted on: Jan 25, 2015 | author: admin

Review : Nathan Littleshot Drinking Bottle...

When I asked the guys at 2pure to send me something to help me hydrate I was looking for more than just another drinking vessel. What I received was the Nathan Littleshot drinks bottle. First thing that struck me was how good it looked, not a pre requisite for a drinking bottle but I wanted something that was going to encourage me to use it regularly. Just because I participate in a lot of sport doesn’t necessarily mean I do everything I should to optimise my nutritional intake on a daily basis. Drinking enough water is one of those things I certainly didn’t do enough of. With the handy measurements printed on the side of the bottle I can now...

Review : Nathan Littleshot Drinking Bottle
posted on: Nov 10, 2014 | author: admin

Review : GlycoSource Recovery Mix

GlycoSource has been developed as a brand for company Science Fitness in partnership with the well-known Leeds Carnegie Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Metropolitan University. The product claims to reduce the carbohydrate levels in your drink by 44% but at the same time replacing glycogen 30% faster than using pure carbohydrate. This in turn has been proven to increase glycogen in the muscles and the liver. With Sport Fitness claiming this as a ‘revolutionary’ new product to the market it may take a while to catch on even with those claims, however, with nutrition in sport a key factor in performance both in training and racing it won’t be long if the claims are...

Review : GlycoSource Recovery Mix
posted on: Sep 26, 2014 | author: admin

Review : HUMA CHIA Energy Gel

I hadn’t heard of HUMA gels prior to this test which is a little surprising as they have been around since 2012. After a bit of reading I discovered the inspiration for the creation of the brand came from a US soldier working in Iraq. After reading a book on the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico he discovered that they used natural chia seed blend as fuel during 100+ mile endurance running events. He worked out that if he could harness this into a marketable product he might have something. The Huma brand was born. I decided to use the gels in a half marathon, not something I would normally need in a race this short but a protocol...

Review : HUMA CHIA Energy Gel
posted on: Sep 24, 2014 | author: admin
Review : VO2 V:RACE:88 Carbon Clinchers

Review : VO2 V:RACE:88 Carbon Clinchers

posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

VO2 V:RACE:88 Carbon Clinchers – A triathletes view. With eager anticipation, in truth, more like a 5 year old at Christmas, I unpacked the box sitting in my hallway. Looking at the resultant hoops of carbon delicately removed from the packaging I was struggling to understand how these wheels could be classed as ‘budget’. Yet in the price bracket these sit in, a carbon wheelset retailing at less than £1000 means exactly that, with triathlon already an expensive sport saving money in the current climate certainly helps. Within the price tag VO2 will customize the colour graphics on the V:RACE:88 wheels to match either your bike or kit, the choice is yours. After putting the wheels on my bike and with the main test yet to come they had already ticked the box marked ‘head turner’. The 88mm carbon clinchers weigh in around 1900g for the pair so not...

Review : TYR Convoy Elite Transition Backpack

Review : TYR Convoy Elite Transition Backpack

posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

TYR Convoy Elite Transition Backpack – A triathlete’s view. With a triathletes need to transport three sets of kit to races on a regular basis, having a bag that can do this and provide separation for all of the disciplines would help to simplify an already stressful situation. TYR have answered this call with the Convoy Elite Transition Backpack. With a large 30 x 15 x 15in storage area separated by 3 internal mesh dividers it conveniently stores all of your kit so that you know where to find everything based on the swim, bike and run elements. The backpack is designed to open up like a tool chest, presenting all of your gear to you in easy access compartments preventing the need to dig from the top down to find those elusive items. Once opened the three sections make it easy to separate swim, bike and run gear...

Review : Firefly Recovery Aid

Review : Firefly Recovery Aid

posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

Firefly Recovery Aid – A Triathletes View At first glance the pack supplied can look pretty innocuous but these small straps are, according to firefly, designed to aid your recovery through the use of electro stimulation. Sounds painful? Actually it isn’t, but can take some getting used to initially. The fireflys are supplied in a handy zip lock pouch along with extra adhesive straps, a cleaning wipe and emery card (to prepare the skin) along with a complete set of instructions. The website also has a handy YouTube clip for further guidance. Additional neoprene straps can be purchased if required – these would more likely be used if you decided to remain mobile while wearing them. The claim of firefly is that by using their recovery device you can increase blood flow to the lower leg through electrical current stimulation of the neuromuscular system and thus recover quicker by...

Review : Garmin Forerunner 15

Review : Garmin Forerunner 15

posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

I was actually sent this as a mistake, expecting another package from Garmin for me this was posted out without checking the contents. I was pretty happy about the mistake to be honest. I have been looking for a watch to wear day to day and one that means if I forget my Garmin 910XT when I am traveling I can use for my training runs. The FR15 is supplied as one of two purchase options, either with or without the heart rate strap. The appropriate USB charging dock and start guides are provided, with the USB dock doubling as both upload method and charging station. The watch is designed to be worn every day; it’s significantly smaller than the 405 model which many find too bulky for normal, daily use. When in full GPS mode, the battery life is around 8 hours which amply covers most recreation runners’...

Gent 6 Day 2013

Gent 6 Day 2013

posted on: Dec 5, 2013 | author: admin

We are back from this awesome event, 2nd time for us and 1st for our friends. The verdict – Still awesome !! This is mainly an update to this blog Gent 6 Day 2011 as a few travel things have changed, if you want to read about the event, pop to the 2011 entry, that hasn’t changed. Its still beer, cycling, food, great fun, oh and more beer. Ryanair again, flight price = £60 per couple RETURN Train fare from the Airport in Charleroi to Gent St Pieters = 40Euros each (round trip – more on this later) Hotel 2 nights at the De Flandre = £158 room only (more on the room only bit later too !!) Travelling Plans Flying into Charleroi meant we had a chance to return via the same route, this time the drinking started a little earlier and to be fair, never really stopped....

Its not rocket science – honest

Its not rocket science – honest

posted on: Dec 2, 2013 | author: admin

September With it being just over 2 months since I announced my intention to do IM Copenhagen I thought it best to at least update my build up over Autumn to where I am today. Firstly, the main news for me, after being with Simon Ward for nearly 2 years and ending at Kona in 2012 I took a break to spend time with family and work pretty much every hour possible in between, not training for an ironman allows that type of freedom with weekends and spare time. So 2013 has been the year off as I did in 2010 with Teya and its definitely worth it. Trying to come back in September was harder than I imagined, I attempted to piece together a few standard single discipline training plans into one triathlon plan. I think I restarted week 1 around 4 times, it just wasn’t getting me...

Training Review Week 18/11/13

Training Review Week 18/11/13

posted on: Nov 18, 2013 | author: admin

If you want to know what a crap week looks like, this is it ! After the race on Sunday I injured my foot and decided to take a day off to see how it would go, we were going to Belgium on the Friday to the track cycling (see here) which unfortunately meant with me trying to get work all sorted in 3 days, one day off became 4 and it was soon Friday. Having a weekend off drinking is just that, there was no SBR going on and although it didn’t make for a great training week, it felt great to chill out with my wife and a few good friends over a beer or 10 ! Back on it next week I hope.  ...

Training Review Week 11/11/13

Training Review Week 11/11/13

posted on: Nov 11, 2013 | author: admin

Well this was a week of contrast, 2 key measures in one week and both an indicator of what work needs to be done. With a slow start to the week I could see a CP20 in my horizon, if you don’t know what this is, its a way of testing current 20 min bike fitness by repeating a test of all out effort for 20mins on the turbo and taking the average watts for this time, this result can then be used for setting training interval sets and even extrapolated into race efforts for all distances. I am hesitant to advocate this 100% myself as even though Hunter and Allen are the experts, my experience is that you can train for a good CP20 when you are actually training for a CP300 (ironman distance) this doesn’t really mean a lot – but I can see the benefits of...

Training Review Week 04/11/13

Training Review Week 04/11/13

posted on: Nov 10, 2013 | author: admin

Not a good start to the week as we were at a wedding on the Sunday and the Monday was a driving and recovery day from Cardiff, the weekend was a great chance to catch up with good mates and celebrate a lovely couples day, having the day off was essential 🙂   I also reduced the Sunday ride as it was indoors on the Computrainer, steady but with no breaks, always good to thump out an even power ride when the weather is awful outside. My running is starting to show some improvement but I am still way too heavy to be making inroads to early PB’s in 2014, more effort on the nutrition...

Gent 6 Day Track Cycling Event 2011

Gent 6 Day Track Cycling Event 2011

posted on: Nov 5, 2013 | author: admin

Its October 2013 and the second time we have booked to go this awesome event, in 2011 I happened to be looking for a weekend away, close by, with cheap flights to get away with Kelly for a bit of a laugh, few beers and take in a city. It probably isn’t the first thing you might think of but she likes city breaks, i like cycling, we both like beer, and it wasn’t race season. And the flights were £60 for the 2 of us return. So, I was looking around last month for something very cheap to get us away for the weekend. I wanted to give myself and Kelly a weekend away before Xmas and before our life changes again (more to come on that) and lo and behold, Charleroi airport does it again, £60 return for the 2 of us, and over the 6 day...

Training Review Week 28/10/13

Training Review Week 28/10/13

posted on: Oct 28, 2013 | author: admin

With a wedding to go to on the Sunday and no chance to train I decided to get my long ride in Saturday which meant an early start, to be honest we are still very lucky in the North West with the weather and I seem to be making the most of the time we have before the big freeze sets in. I did however seem to miss the point of ‘focus on running’ and probably should have hit the long run instead, but happy with another 10hrs+...

Training Review Week 21/10/13

Training Review Week 21/10/13

posted on: Oct 21, 2013 | author: admin

Another good week for me, over 10 hours with the shortfall in swimming, my main focus is running and missing the odd swim isn’t a huge concern, happy with a bit more consistency This is becoming a bit easier as it starts to form habitual behaviour, almost addictive 🙂      ...

Training Review Week 14/10/13

Training Review Week 14/10/13

posted on: Oct 21, 2013 | author: admin

My first week of nearly 100% completion was spurred on by me signing up with a new coach, Chris Standidge. Change of direction in terms of the sessions I will be doing and gearing up to get fit and I hope to lose a few pounds to get me moving faster and enjoying what I am doing. Focus has moved to running and making time for the days I have away from home. This week was also the first time I have got into the gym for 2 solid sessions for a while and after Friday, it actually took me until Sunday to feel completely fine with my inner thighs after the attempts at squats had to be reigned in. Amazing what muscles you don’t use and the injury you can cause with so little weight ! My SRM has also now been attached to my roadbike and giving...

Training Review Week 07/10/13

Training Review Week 07/10/13

posted on: Oct 7, 2013 | author: admin

Well, week 4 of the ‘getting started’ was a better week in terms of days training but the load was still low, I planned a full week but left out the main run on the Saturday to make time for family as Kelly is slowly coming to terms with the training and how we fit in together. I haven’t set myself any targets in terms of testing yet but this will come, I have at least a swim CSS to record, a CP20 on the bike and a timed 10k to work out training efforts and intensities, I am sure this will all happen before Xmas. I have a meeting with someone interesting next week regarding my training and goals going forward so I hope by this time next week to be able to share the outcome....

Training Review Week 30/09/13

Training Review Week 30/09/13

posted on: Sep 30, 2013 | author: admin

Another attempt to hit the whole week was ruined by work early in the week. Good end to the week with another 3 hour ride in the bank, felt better but failed to do any running, I am hopeful this will come together once I sort out my weekly format. I am trying a few other things and changing my day away in Northampton so that will mean a little  bit more...

Training Review Week 23/09/13

Training Review Week 23/09/13

posted on: Sep 23, 2013 | author: admin

I already knew I was going to struggle to complete a full week as still feeling unwell but I wanted to run the plan as it stood then I could pick and choose the sessions I wanted on the days I felt better. It doesn’t make me feel any better to see red but I also don’t want to hide from it.   The long bike on the Sunday is still making me stronger I feel but as you can see the extra 30 mins meant I never got the run in as it was family time when I got home.  ...

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