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Kona Week 2017 – Ironman World Champs...

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...

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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...

Training Review Week 23/09/13

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.  ...

Training Review Week 23/09/13
posted on: Sep 23, 2013 | author: admin

Training Review Week 16/09/13

Baby steps. OMG, my first week trying to get back didn’t go so well, the charts show my week that I planned and the colour coding tells the sorry story. RED is bad, yellow is either over or under the planned time, so this can be construed as bad all of the time but if I plan a 2 hour ride and do 3 I will take it. Green are the completed sessions to within 10% of planned times. As you can see I trained on the Monday but doing this with a sore throat didn’t go as well for me for the rest of the week. By Tuesday I was completely bunged up and suffering the usual...

Training Review Week 16/09/13
posted on: Sep 16, 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 2012 – Photos

KONA 2012 – IM World Championships...

Kona 2012 – Photos
posted on: Nov 30, 2012 | author: admin
Race Report – IM Hawaii – 2012

Race Report – IM Hawaii – 2012

posted on: Nov 25, 2012 | author: admin

Race Report – IM World Championships Kona – 2012 The photos are all here The dust has been settling for a few weeks now and I am still harking back to the race, Kona is still the single most exciting race I have ever done, twice now, its something I will never forget. I’ve found a YouTube video of Ironman in Hawaii that I thought I would share, its not from the 2012 race but a few years ago. For those that don’t race it *may* put across a little of why myself and thousands of others do this, you’ll probably think we are still bonkers but at least you will have some sympathy for the obsession 🙂   Remember the last bit of the video when reading the rest of the report below. John Collins – the founder of Ironman’ once said – ‘You can quit and they...

Kona post race mini report

Kona post race mini report

posted on: Oct 14, 2012 | author: admin

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 having to swim over legs to find water, people were kicking out HARD. Checked watch at mid point, out to turn in 37 mins but back in 31 mins, big swell...

Welcome to Kona

Welcome to Kona

posted on: Oct 13, 2012 | author: admin

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 this late was probably a mistake for a perfect race, but of small proportions this time, its not all about the perfect race. Maybe an experiment in the making to see...

Kona Bound, I can smell the coffee !

Kona Bound, I can smell the coffee !

posted on: Oct 9, 2012 | author: admin

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 Ironman World Championships in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. It once again beckons me to fight against everything the island can throw at the us (the athletes) and compete in what I regard...

IMUK 2012 – Photos

IMUK 2012 – Photos

posted on: Aug 1, 2012 | author: admin

IMUK Bolton...

Race Report – IMUK 2012

Race Report – IMUK 2012

posted on: Jul 26, 2012 | author: admin

IMUK 2012 Race Report Preamble In times of austerity what better way to save a bit of money than to go back to your local race. No travel expense, roll out of bed race morning, less than an hour to the start and be ready to go with little fuss. Also, having a sponsor pay your place is always a bonus and push in the right direction, so to Phil at dandmcycles.com I appreciate all of your support over the last 12 months mate, thank-you. IMUK is based in the North West of the UK and with the swim location just 7 miles from me and the main bike route loop less than 20 miles away I’m in a great location to train and race on the new 2012 course. I previously completed IMUK in 2009 when the swim was in Rivington, the bike loop was a little nastier and the...

New season, new coach, new plans.

New season, new coach, new plans.

posted on: Dec 6, 2011 | author: admin

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 that the last few years have had some awful weather this time of year so even though you might want to get out, take care. New Coach My season has started,...

Reflection and anticipation

posted on: Oct 20, 2011 | author: admin

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 who won til the Tuesday. The result although not a foregone conclusion didn’t throw up too many surprises, many think Pete Jacobs coming runner up was a surprise, maybe you don’t...

Race Report – IM Wales 2011

Race Report – IM Wales 2011

posted on: Sep 17, 2011 | author: admin

Race report IM Wales 2011 Swim56:44 T1 + 1k run 10:06 Bike 5:55:52 T203:53 Run 3:22:19 Finish time10:28:51 Overall position – 65 of 1134 finishers (1287 starters) Age Group (M40-44) Position – 10 of 246 After the surprise announcement of the new IM Wales race my decision to try to qualify at a race that has a slot for the following year took a different direction. Prior to this I was looking at going to either IM Arizona or IM Cozumel, the discussions now centred around why we would do this if I could jump in a car and travel 5 hours and race on home soil. The course looked a challenge, the earlier test event in June proved that ‘anything is possible’ as a large number of the field had to be rescued in the swim event. The bike was also reported as ‘tough as old boots’, right...

Why a Computrainer ? A mini review

posted on: Aug 20, 2011 | author: admin

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 usage. However, I have had mails from friends/triathletes asking for advice/feedback, so as the offer of interest free credit runs out at the end of the month, here is the info...

Mid season Update

posted on: Aug 8, 2011 | author: admin

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 with a bit of focus for the next month or two, I have been ticking over the cycling and the Computrainer has come into its own time and time again, more...

Race Report – Trentham Middle 2011

Race Report – Trentham Middle 2011

posted on: Jul 13, 2011 | author: admin

The ‘Gatorade’ Big Half is nestled in the Trentham Estate near Stoke and fitted in nicely in my build up training for IM Wales in September. After the Swashbuckler in May I needed to use another half iron distance race to seek out any improvements and keep myself on a consistant path to the ‘A’ race. Myself and Dan had decided to check out the course the weekend before, it nailed a 60 miler and also meant I got a heads up, talk about a surprise, I was led to believe this was a flat fast course, looks like they changed it due primarily to the issues with traffic lights but maybe due to the negative feedback I found about the boring nature of the cycle section in 2010. This was a great lumpy test, a good one for Wales, even though that hadn’t been the aim. So to...

Computrainer – The first 20 weeks

posted on: Jun 22, 2011 | author: admin

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 aim of using the Computrainer as an Ironman athlete is to increase my endurance and speed and thus increasing the watts I will eventually try to hold at an IM race...

Race Report – Swashbuckler Middle 2011

Race Report – Swashbuckler Middle 2011

posted on: May 25, 2011 | author: admin

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, swimming and pre race shake down of my kit, which I didn’t get to complete until the Saturday morning of the Sunday race. The journey south was going to be a...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 4

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 4

posted on: May 13, 2011 | author: admin

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 leisurely country lane 70 and then they only had 4 hours to drive home, at the time I also thought the Irish were heading home from Liverpool so made the suggestion...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 3

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 3

posted on: May 8, 2011 | author: admin

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 to be on the road to Grasdale to ride the sportive Etape du Dales This is a 110 mile sportive taking in 5 climbs up to 500m and totalling around 8000-8500ft...

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