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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

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 knew I had to have the best race of...

IM Mallorca 2016 – Race Report
posted on: Nov 27, 2016 | author: admin

Ironman UK 2016 – Race Report

Ironman UK 2016 – Race Report Preamble IMUK is my home race, the support grows each year, since 2009 I have seen this change in such a great way, the race is embraced fully. It’s also an honest course, the bike is tough, changes over the years only making it harder still. The run can be broken into sections but its pretty challenging all the same. As the day draws on the support grows to a point where it resembles a European race, its enough to make the strongest well up. Being a home race and a local athlete there is a lot of support and this makes it a special place to compete. This year I was lucky enough to get a place through my...

Ironman UK 2016 – Race Report
posted on: Jul 25, 2016 | author: admin

Ironman Barcelona 2015 – Race Report...

IM Barcelona 2015 – Race Report Preamble Just over 12 months have passed since IM Copenhagen, it wasn’t the best executed ironman race I had done and I went there to post a time, so in 2015 I wanted to change a few things and race faster and smarter. Picking the right course was the first part, IM Barcelona ticked the box, it wasn’t one I had done, wasn’t full and was supposed to be fast. I also decided after Copenhagen to add a ‘tag’ or badge to my RoadID bracelet, this had my PB time of 9:42 from 2008. When I crossed the line in Copenhagen 1 minute outside my PB I was gutted so I decided...

Ironman Barcelona 2015 – Race Report
posted on: Oct 15, 2015 | 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

Ironman Copenhagen 2014 – Race Report...

The thought of doing an Ironman doesn’t enter the world of most sane people, for me it’s a test of endurance that has me gripped and challenges every inch of me every time I attempt it. So just to challenge myself once more, in fact for the 15th time, I settled on Ironman Copenhagen, billed as a fast course the race had been taken over by WTC the previous year in the ongoing cat and mouse dick waving contest between IRONMAN and Challenge brands. (For those that aren’t aware, these guys are the 2 biggest organisers in ironman racing and keep taking over each other’s races – it can get a little confusing to enter and find it...

Ironman Copenhagen 2014 – Race Report
posted on: Aug 29, 2014 | author: admin

Kona 2012 – Photos

KONA 2012 – IM World Championships...

Kona 2012 – Photos
posted on: Nov 30, 2012 | author: admin