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Kona Week 2017 – Ironman World Champs...

Its been a while since my last blog post, I am not the most regular but its not normally this long, I haven’t raced much early on with my A race coming in the next 4 weeks at Florida I have been focused on work and training, none of which is interesting to anyone but me really. So why post now, I will post in the build up to Florida but quite frankly this week, no-one gives a toss about anything except KONA baby !! Its basically the most watched and most anticipated race of the year on the ironman calendar.   For those that don’t know, this weekend on Saturday 14th October the IRONMAN World Championships will...

Kona Week 2017 – Ironman World Champs
posted on: Oct 13, 2017 | author: admin

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 break but quick call to massage man Steve Yeomans...

Stratford Calling …….
posted on: Mar 21, 2017 | author: admin

2:59:59 marathon – Anything is possible ! Isn’t it ?...

Over the last 17 years I have run 21 marathons, 18 of them in ironman (long distance triathlon) races as the 3rd leg, the remaining 3 were standalone. My first in London I did just to see if I could do an ironman race, I was actually faster in the triathlon 3 months later than I was at London ! Marathons on their own are HARD ! and they hurt for longer afterwards. I am not sure I can say I ‘enjoy’ running marathons but it is a massive buzz to cross the finish line of any race and marathons are epic. My times have certainly varied, PB’s are 3hrs 12mins for the standalone to 3hrs 21mins in an ironman, I...

2:59:59 marathon – Anything is possible ! Isn’t it ?
posted on: Jan 21, 2017 | author: admin

How to choose the right cycle insurance – 7 key tips...

Choosing the right cycle insurance can be a bit of a minefield, below is 7 tips to help in that decision, getting it right first time saves a lot of hassle when your pride and joy is either damaged or stolen. Do we really know what we are paying for and is it included ? There are a number of insurance companies out there but if you had a tick list of essentials to cover what would it look like ? √  New for old √  No excess √  Competition Cover √  0% monthly payments √  Worldwide Travel √  Cheaper Multi Bike Cover Yes, we want this, but what we also want is hassle free service when it all...

How to choose the right cycle insurance – 7 key tips
posted on: Sep 4, 2015 | author: admin

Athletes line up for 2015 International Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz...

The day before the 8th running of the International Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz, the small Basque city situated 70km from Bilbao the preparations are almost complete to host the 2100 athletes. The professional triathletes racing in both the full and half distance events tomorrow have completed their various responsibilities for the race with briefings and photoshoots which just leaves the small matter of being at the front come the finish line tape. The full distance race will be hotly contested, in the men’s, Pedro Gomes, sitting 38th in the Kona rankings has one eye on the next few weeks of KPR movement before the first cut is made but his definite short term future will be spent ensuring he finishes...

Athletes line up for 2015 International Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz
posted on: Jul 11, 2015 | author: admin

Top 10 Safety and Security Tips from Bikmo Plus...

  Top 10 Safety & Security tips from Bikmo Plus for us triathletes    Transition area security – most transition areas won’t be manned 24/7 and you can’t lock your bike up (it plays havoc with fast transition times) . If you’re concerned then check that the event organiser has some monitoring in place, and if you’re insured then check your policy covers transition areas.      Keep your bike safe at home! Out of harms way, lock in your garage and make sure you’ve got the right locks, if you need them. Bikmo Plus have put together a guide to securing your bike in your garage effectively.    Be bright. Everyone likes to look cool and black but when...

Top 10 Safety and Security Tips from Bikmo Plus
posted on: Jun 9, 2015 | author: admin

Review : Etixx Triple Action Energy+ Gel – A triathletes view....

Etixx Triple Action Energy+ Gel – A triathlete’s view. New sports nutrition brand Etixx have recently launched their ‘Performance’ range products in the UK, as well as the Triple Action Energy+ Gel there are 4 other products including Energy Release (vitamin supplement), Triple Action Gel without Caffeine, Energy Load drink powder and their Energy bars. The brand isn’t short of backing with well-known names such as Mark Cavendish’s Etixx – Quick Step cycling team and the successful Uplace-BMC Triathlon Team. Etixx have also gone down the ‘Informed Sport’ endorsed route, the products are tested against a huge range of substances to ensure they are clean and more importantly certified to contain no substances banned in today’s sport. The...

Review : Etixx Triple Action Energy+ Gel – A triathletes view.
posted on: Apr 1, 2015 | author: admin

Review : Newton Gravity IV & Motion IV...

  When Newton introduced the version III of the Motion and Gravity shoes they were the first versions to utilise the Point of Power (POP) five lug system. The shoe had what is designated POP1, which is the “Dynamic and Power Packed” version – in other words the quicker version.  It’s therefore no surprise with the POP platform only being recently launched that this remains unchanged in the version IV and all enhancements are in the shoe’s upper. These changes are more than changing one vivid colour for another and a slight detailing update. In the version III of these shoes there was some criticism around the breathability of the upper the location of seams through utilising different...

Review : Newton Gravity IV & Motion IV
posted on: Feb 5, 2015 | author: admin

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...

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...

Review : VO2 V:RACE:88 Carbon Clinchers
posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

Review : TYR Convoy Elite Transition Backpack...

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...

Review : TYR Convoy Elite Transition Backpack
posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

Review : Firefly Recovery Aid

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...

Review : Firefly Recovery Aid
posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

Review : Garmin Forerunner 15

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...

Review : Garmin Forerunner 15
posted on: Sep 22, 2014 | author: admin

Gent 6 Day 2013

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 !!)...

Gent 6 Day 2013
posted on: Dec 5, 2013 | author: admin

Its not rocket science – honest

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...

Its not rocket science – honest
posted on: Dec 2, 2013 | author: admin

Gent 6 Day Track Cycling Event 2011

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...

Gent 6 Day Track Cycling Event 2011
posted on: Nov 5, 2013 | author: admin

Training, Plans and IM Copenhagen 2014...

Welcome to the start of a year of training in the hope of PB’ing at IM Copenhagen in August 2014. It will be a long process (about a year really 🙂 ) but one I hope to improve gradually and stay injury free, make sure I get quality time with the family and balance a reasonably hectic job. This is also the first time I have been self coached for around 6 or so years, after Kona 2009 I decided to have a break and my long time coach Lawrence Oldershaw and I parted company while I took a year off with the family in 2010. Then in 2011 I decided to come back to training and started...

Training,  Plans and IM Copenhagen 2014
posted on: Sep 15, 2013 | author: admin

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