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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...

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

Race Report – Trentham Middle 2011...

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...

Race Report – Trentham Middle 2011
posted on: Jul 13, 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
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...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 2

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 2

posted on: May 7, 2011 | author: admin

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 was from the easy side and no problems on the descent either, myself and Adam both managed 54.5mph as a reward for a steady climb. The next few miles were a...

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 1

Fudge Packer Camp – Day 1

posted on: May 7, 2011 | author: admin

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 Monday. Fegan had to get a train at Carlisle as he had a slow puncture but good effort for trying. The camp has been running since 2007 and has happened in...

Easter Weekend Madness.

posted on: Apr 21, 2011 | author: admin

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 babies and a glass of coke and send me off in the direction of the North Sea.<br /><br /><a onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1eL2_3cHn1A/TbBVS7SNIEI/AAAAAAAAAT0/WU_Eb7m00Ho/s1600/warr%2Bto%2Bbrid.jpg”><img style=”display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px;...

March Maintenance

posted on: Apr 1, 2011 | author: admin

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 after that to get back into the swing of it. 38 hours banked for March. Still OK but no cigar (and a few too many beers !!)<br /><br />Swimming volume has...

Fantastic February Update

posted on: Mar 8, 2011 | author: admin

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 am normally in this time of year and I hope to continue with this pattern in all of the 3 sports. Its the results on the bike and specifically the testing...

Motivation … Its the 5th discipline !!

posted on: Feb 16, 2011 | author: admin

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, even a faint spark, a burning desire to do something, anything that will get you moving from point A to point B. But it must be yours.<br /><br />Its that time...

Kona 2009 – Photos

Kona 2009 – Photos

posted on: Oct 30, 2009 | author: admin

KONA 2009 – IM World...

Race Report – IM Hawaii 2009

Race Report – IM Hawaii 2009

posted on: Oct 21, 2009 | author: admin

Race Report – Ironman World Championships Kona – 2009 10th Oct 2009 – Kailua Kona Pre ‘pre’ race If you have been following my blog you know how this trip and qualification came about. Landing in Kona was the start of an amazing 2 weeks, ‘cruising’ Ali’i Drive the first morning we arrived at 6.30am after 5 hours sleep was never in doubt, I wasn’t missing this. I lapped up the first swim, I then spent my first morning in the famous Lava Java coffee house, shoulder to shoulder with pro triathletes, most I didn’t recognise but you just ‘knew’, it was a buzz thing. Then as the week went on and more people turned up for the swims the excitement built, I cycled the course, I felt the heat, I paraded with my nation, I met with the Kiwi podcasters and I ran along the ‘Royal’ drive. I...

Hawaii Roll Down – The aftermath

posted on: Aug 26, 2009 | author: admin

<a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qShhsiiHPIE/Spb3uijvbzI/AAAAAAAAAJk/EKAaWiD6RkA/s1600-h/Nicks+iPHONE+20082009+123.JPG”><img style=”float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 240px;” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qShhsiiHPIE/Spb3uijvbzI/AAAAAAAAAJk/EKAaWiD6RkA/s320/Nicks+iPHONE+20082009+123.JPG” border=”0″ alt=””id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5374755584236023602″ /></a><br />I think the night before and up until we got to the Bolton Arena in my mind I wanted it very badly that I couldn’t show excitement in case it didn’t happen again, our AG only had at this point 2 slots and I was 6th, thats a long way to roll.<br /><br />On the other hand, if I did go, this was going to be expensive and could we afford it ?? the dilemma was don’t wish too hard, it might come true lol !!<br /><br />Sat at the table in the awards ceremony I was still trying to put across to anyone that was paying attention that it couldn’t possibly roll down to me but actually I was hoping like mad inside that it would. <br /><br />I had found out the...

Race Report – IMUK 2009

Race Report – IMUK 2009

posted on: Aug 13, 2009 | author: admin

Ironman UK – Bolton 2nd August 2009 Race report Swim – 1:07:21 T1: Swim-to-Bike – 5:11 Bike – 5:35:53 T2: Bike-to-Run – 4:21 Run – 3:21:53 Finish time – 10:14:40 Overall position – 33 of 1370 Age Group (35-39) Position – 6 of 254 Pre Race Firstly lets get the bags of sand out of the way, I have even had this from Kelly because I played this year down, we (Kelly) had our baby daughter 15 weeks ago, a lot of people said to me at the time, ‘Oh that’ll be the end of the training for IM, responsibility is the baby now’, Well, at the start, not really, the baby was in a good routine so getting an hour swim or turbo or run was easy, it could be planned, it was just a case of making sure I scheduled it in. The longer rides in the...

Race Report IM Wisconsin 2008

Race Report IM Wisconsin 2008

posted on: Sep 9, 2008 | author: admin

OK, so its now Tuesday so I have had a few days to let things calm down and soak in. I am still in a little pain (read, lots of pain, legs are killing me !!) This is a long report as usual with a few pictures. At least you don’t need the build up this time as the blog has been continuous. Can I also just say this is an AMAZING event to do, they had 3500 volunteers and the day couldn’t have been organised better in my eyes, I loved the day, the course was tough but fair, the spectators superb and at the right locations at the right time. Wisconsin is beautiful and the race exploits the chance to show outsiders what else there is outside of the town of Madison. Kelly loved the US for a race and we will be back to do others,...

IM Wisconsin 2008 – Photos

IM Wisconsin 2008 – Photos

posted on: Sep 7, 2008 | author: admin

IM Wisconsin 2008 – Photo...

Aug 28th – Aug 30th – Trip to Slovenia...

posted on: Aug 30, 2008 | author: admin

So smack in the middle of taper we were invited to one of Kellys good friends to attend their wedding in Slovenia, it gave me the chance to chill and have a couple of runs in nice surroundings, I would have managed a swim as well if I hadn’t removed my goggles from the hand luggage whilst protesting to Kelly that it wasn’t my wetsuit that was making her dress smell of rubber ! When we got there we found it was that nice I might as well have left in the goggles as you didn’t need a wet suit. We landed in Klagenfurt, home of IM Austria, after a quick hop across the border to Slovenia, I went out for a run round the lake, just the right size, 3.7miles around, did a couple of laps before we went to meet the others for a pre wedding drink....

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