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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

Kona post race mini report

Goooood morning all, just waking up from a slightly uncomfortable sleep, sun burn and chafing all rolled into one made for a bit of a disturbed sleep. So by all accounts that was one of the toughest days on the island, searing heat, brutal winds and very high humidity, it’s hard to comprehend this during the race, you really just think you are having a bad day, and towards the mid point on the run I really was. Swim – this went as planned but boy, it was PHYSICAL this year, I know people are out there to win and place well but it was another level, animal like, no patience for the odd clash of arms or...

Kona post race mini report
posted on: Oct 14, 2012 | author: admin

Welcome to Kona

What a buzz, its been a lot to take in in 2 days, in the last 48 hours I have dragged Kelly round to swim, rushed around to register, built bike, shopped, ate, slept, attended the welcome party, slept some more, done a swim/bike/run shake down, shopped a lot more and then finally racked all of my kit for the race. The town was already in full swing when we arrived Wednesday night, in fact the expo started Tuesday and by the time I left Kona this evening it was pretty much packed away, not much chance for us to shop but we got what we needed and a few more bits. I must admit that coming out...

Welcome to Kona
posted on: Oct 13, 2012 | author: admin

Kona Bound, I can smell the coffee !

With all that’s been going on over the last few months, concentrating on balancing the family, work and training my blogging has been a tad suspect in terms of consistency, just as well the training has been keeping the balance in check. Since IMUK and the decision to take the slot I have been on the Kona wave again, there isn’t much time between the two races to make huge leaps in performance but there is a good chance that improving on a strong position is possible, whether that has worked I will find out in less than a week. There are probably very few non triathletes reading this but just in case, I am off to the...

Kona Bound, I can smell the coffee !
posted on: Oct 9, 2012 | author: admin

New season, new coach, new plans.

New Season – Winter ! Its the time of year a lot of athletes dread, getting out of bed early in the morning, cold, wet, snow, ice and darkness. Getting your head around the fact that you are going to wake up to this for the next 2 months will make it easier to train, I find it so much easier to get everything ready the night before, no excuses when you are tired if your bag is packed and ready for the pool. Just keep telling yourself, the athletes that you are trying to compete against are probably already up and you just lost an hour, see how that plays with your mind 🙂 It doesn’t help...

New season, new coach, new plans.
posted on: Dec 6, 2011 | author: admin

Reflection and anticipation

With a clear month since IM wales a lot has been going on. Not so much on the training front as this is normally my time off to recover from the year and relax with family and historically a few days of golf abroad. The golfing trip to Portugal was a fantastic break (the golf wasn’t stellar but the craic was !) with some great friends with only one disappointment of the week, nobody knew it on tour but Saturday night was a little sad for me, the Ironman World Championships were being played out on the other side of the planet while I drunk the night away in an Irish bar in Vilamoura, I never even knew...

posted on: Oct 20, 2011 | author: admin

Why a Computrainer ? A mini review

I said to myself I wouldn’t ‘sell’ the Computrainer and I still hold that in a little reserve but something I read this week has prompted me to write this, one of the reasons I hadn’t owned one up to now was buying it outright was outside my budget or justification to my partner, I would have preferred the option of interest free credit, it has never been offered – until now !! Don’t misunderstand, as I said, I am not here to ‘sell’ the CT, they sell themselves and its Simon’s job anyway, my aim was to use it, tweet and blog about it and hopefully encourage a few to buy one because of the results or...

posted on: Aug 20, 2011 | author: admin

Mid season Update

After a lovely weekend in Euro Disney its back to the training and with the countdown to Wales hitting 5 weeks and moving swiftly downwards its a serious part of the season. Euro Disney was a great distraction from work and training and was for Kellys birthday, If there is anything I have learned over the last few years, the partner buy in is the most important part of your season and it doesn’t stop just because they said yes to you entering and training for the race, so a bit of lactic pain after a few days off is the least I could put up with. Ironman Wales is on the 11th September and this provides me...

posted on: Aug 8, 2011 | author: admin

Computrainer – The first 20 weeks...

Firstly apologies for my tardiness, I got married 2 weeks ago abroad and its been a lovely few weeks off but my final CP20 test was done just before we went and I haven’t had time to blog. RECAP In December I won a competition to be the amateur face of ‘Computrainer’ in the UK, the competition was also run in the US and my counterpart across the pond is Maria Simone, her blog is here, she is more of a blogger than I will ever be but I am trying not to be completely overshadowed lol.!Since then I have using the Computrainer to help improve my cycling (and ultimately triathlon) and then blog about it. My main...

posted on: Jun 22, 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

Easter Weekend Madness.

So the plans for a nice weekend of riding as much as I can over the weekend is upon me and the plan is to do the longest ride I have ever done in a single day. <br /><br />Ride to my mums in Bridlington from Warrington, its a grand total of 236km if I stick to the route but if the main roads get a bit hairy I will have to zig zag a bit, as long as I keep heading east I reckon I should be OK.<br /><br />Below is the route and elevation, if anyone finds a cyclist passed out along that route in Chester Tri top that could be me, just feed me jelly...

posted on: Apr 21, 2011 | author: admin

March Maintenance

I come to you a slightly disappointed bunny, the month of March has not been the most consistent, illness and a rather full on effort at a stag do meant my month was somewhat interupted.<br /><br />My hours for February stacked up at a reasonably consistant 47 hours, for me, an average of 12 a week is about right, I tend to do the right stuff and not pad out with volume, something I will hope to do over April with the better weather but this is good early volume. March took a hit, I was ill for a week and a half and this knocked 10 hours off the previous month and took me a good week...

posted on: Apr 1, 2011 | author: admin

Fantastic February Update

Time for an update on the power training and specifically the Computrainer I have known for a while that power was the best way to train on the bike, to track improvements and monitor race pace, I have had a few turbo’s over the years that used power, I even had an SRM power meter for my bike in 2007 that I borrowed off a mate for the season. It was a great piece of kit but I never really got into the whole analysis on feedback and how to improve. Since December last year I have been able to consistently train both indoors and out, my overall fitness has seen a marked improvement in the position I...

posted on: Mar 8, 2011 | author: admin

Motivation … Its the 5th discipline !!...

Over the last few weeks I have either spoken to, listened to or read about people struggling with motivation, sometimes its a break in the training and then trying to get back into it, the longer the break the worse that can be. Sometimes its not being at the same level that you were last year ‘immediately’ and that starts to grind, others just get out of that routine and then force it.<br /><br />But mostly, its just gone. ‘I’ve lost my mojo’ is a favourite. <br /><br />I have been there, what I suppose I came to realise is all the methods I describe below are great in theory but you have to have motivation from inside,...

posted on: Feb 16, 2011 | author: admin

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