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Kona baby – Its almost race day !!...

Kona baby – Its almost race day !!

Quickly before I ramble on about the next last few days, if there is anyone who wants to watch the race and know anything about it, please go here to check out TRI247 round up of the GB athletes and the timings in the UK for the race. OK. here we go. There is so much going on in race week that we have probably missed more than we have done, however, I am here essentially to race so its not about tiring yourself out chasing around town for experiences. The flip side to this is that by the Wednesday in race week most of the orientation is done...

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Ironman World Championships Race Report – Part 2...

Ironman World Championships Race Report – Part 2

Kona 2019 – World Ironman Championships – continued So with the swim and transition 1 done and dusted its time to get out on the bike. If you missed part 1 – have a catch up here. Bike The bike route starts off pretty technical, 7 miles around town up and down Palani Hill before we get out onto the Queen K highway, once I exited the chute it was a short climb up the lower part of Palani and turn left for the first town loop, I got into my aero position early to make sure everything was working. Immediately I was in panic mode, my gears weren’t...

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Kona 2012 – Photos

Kona 2012 – Photos

KONA 2012 – IM World Championships...

Training Review Week 04/11/13

Not a good start to the week as we were at a wedding on the Sunday and the Monday was a driving and recovery day from Cardiff, the weekend was a great chance to catch up with good mates and celebrate a lovely couples day, having the day off was essential 🙂   I also reduced the Sunday ride as it was indoors on the Computrainer, steady but with no breaks, always good to thump out an even power ride when the weather is awful outside. My running is starting to show some improvement but I am still way too heavy to be making inroads to early PB’s in 2014, more effort on the nutrition...

Training Review Week 04/11/13
posted on: Nov 10, 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 Review Week 28/10/13

With a wedding to go to on the Sunday and no chance to train I decided to get my long ride in Saturday which meant an early start, to be honest we are still very lucky in the North West with the weather and I seem to be making the most of the time we have before the big freeze sets in. I did however seem to miss the point of ‘focus on running’ and probably should have hit the long run instead, but happy with another 10hrs+...

Training Review Week 28/10/13
posted on: Oct 28, 2013 | author: admin

Training Review Week 21/10/13

Another good week for me, over 10 hours with the shortfall in swimming, my main focus is running and missing the odd swim isn’t a huge concern, happy with a bit more consistency This is becoming a bit easier as it starts to form habitual behaviour, almost addictive 🙂      ...

Training Review Week 21/10/13
posted on: Oct 21, 2013 | author: admin
Training Review Week 14/10/13

Training Review Week 14/10/13

posted on: Oct 21, 2013 | author: admin

My first week of nearly 100% completion was spurred on by me signing up with a new coach, Chris Standidge. Change of direction in terms of the sessions I will be doing and gearing up to get fit and I hope to lose a few pounds to get me moving faster and enjoying what I am doing. Focus has moved to running and making time for the days I have away from home. This week was also the first time I have got into the gym for 2 solid sessions for a while and after Friday, it actually took me until Sunday to feel completely fine with my inner thighs after the attempts at squats had to be reigned in. Amazing what muscles you don’t use and the injury you can cause with so little weight ! My SRM has also now been attached to my roadbike and giving...

Training Review Week 07/10/13

Training Review Week 07/10/13

posted on: Oct 7, 2013 | author: admin

Well, week 4 of the ‘getting started’ was a better week in terms of days training but the load was still low, I planned a full week but left out the main run on the Saturday to make time for family as Kelly is slowly coming to terms with the training and how we fit in together. I haven’t set myself any targets in terms of testing yet but this will come, I have at least a swim CSS to record, a CP20 on the bike and a timed 10k to work out training efforts and intensities, I am sure this will all happen before Xmas. I have a meeting with someone interesting next week regarding my training and goals going forward so I hope by this time next week to be able to share the outcome....

Training Review Week 30/09/13

Training Review Week 30/09/13

posted on: Sep 30, 2013 | author: admin

Another attempt to hit the whole week was ruined by work early in the week. Good end to the week with another 3 hour ride in the bank, felt better but failed to do any running, I am hopeful this will come together once I sort out my weekly format. I am trying a few other things and changing my day away in Northampton so that will mean a little  bit more...

Training Review Week 23/09/13

Training Review Week 23/09/13

posted on: Sep 23, 2013 | author: admin

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 16/09/13

Training Review Week 16/09/13

posted on: Sep 16, 2013 | author: admin

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 ‘just started training’ lurgee !! I had to take the whole week off  until the Sunday when I decided to go out for a 3 hour ride to test the legs...

Training,  Plans and IM Copenhagen 2014

Training, Plans and IM Copenhagen 2014

posted on: Sep 15, 2013 | author: admin

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 working with Simon Ward. A stark reminder at IM Wales 2011 that qualifying wasn’t easy as rocking up, meant another year of hard work towards IMUK 2012 where I qualified again....

Kona 2012 – Photos

Kona 2012 – Photos

posted on: Nov 30, 2012 | author: admin

KONA 2012 – IM World Championships...

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...

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