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Race Report – Swashbuckler Middle 2011...

My approach to this race wasn’t a classic, well maybe a Rosey classic but I wouldn’t recommend the buildup. The last month saw a great volume of training, with Fudge Packer camp well and truely over and the following week a natural down week I decided on the Tuesday before the Swashbuckler to hit a local race series in Bedford and do their 6 miler instead of a steady 45 mins planned. Officially I was clocked at 39.03 but my watch had the important bit, 38.56. I felt good but my calves were still tight after every run I was doing and I needed to stretch out a bit more. The rest of the week consisted of spinning,...

Race Report – Swashbuckler Middle 2011
posted on: May 25, 2011 | author: admin

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 4

The last day has arrived, well it did on Monday gone, day 4 of a great weekend. After the Etape ride of 110 miles we were feeling very good, superb weather and a great scenic ride meant that we really wanted to finish off the weekend well but by staying in the Lakes we were running the risk of making it brutal instead of pleasurable. We also had the situation that 4 guys had to get to Bournemouth afterwards and 4 had to get to Stranraer for the ferry to Belfast. I suggested to the southerners that we could cut their journey time by 2 hours by getting up earlier and heading to mine in Warrington, doing a...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 4
posted on: May 13, 2011 | author: admin

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 3

2 days down, Fegan was without a bike and was heading home, not happy, him OR us, he had pulled his weight for the previous 2 days, when his bike was working ! Dan was heading back, another great person to have around, 2 days of hard riding had paid a heavy price, missed as well. Due to the rain and hard riding yesterday, noises started before the end of the ride of not travelling all the way to Yorkshire to ride in the rain but by the end of the Fred we made a decision buoyed by the weather at the end of the ride and a good bowl of chilli, we would be up by 7am...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 3
posted on: May 8, 2011 | author: admin

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 2

Day 2 was hopefully going to be more about the riding as we knew the route (sort of) and less about the first day incidents. Fegans bike was fixed this morning, new chain and rear derailler fitted, Gordon fitted a 12-27 cassette to improve on the spinning options from the 25 block yesterday, Lee did the same, those 12-25’s were not the easiest to turn over on the steep ascents. I think both benefitted from the change. Dan and Lee who were a bit slower yesterday decided to set off first and got a 20 mins head start, we started the ride at Ambleside and the first climb hits you straight away over Holbeck. The ascent up Kirkstone...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 2
posted on: May 7, 2011 | author: admin

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 1

First day of what is going to be a training camp with some great mates and a few new faces started yesterday. History The camp started a few years ago with myself, Gary (Fegan), Adam(Crab) and Chris (Meenan), a mix of pirate triathletes who decided on some ‘extra’ training in the build up to Ironman. We started in 2007 with an Easter camp by cycling from Warrington to the Lakes on the Friday (95 miles) Fegan actually cycling 130 miles from Edinburgh as he is north of the border, then a long run and lake swim on the Saturday, the infamous Fred Whitton sportive ride on the Sunday (104 miles, 4000m ascent) and then cycling home the 95 on the...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 1
posted on: May 7, 2011 | author: admin