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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 Florida 2017 – Race Report...

IM Florida 2017 – Race Report

Ironman Florida 2017 – Lessons in pacing. After winning my AG last July at IMUK and turning down the slot I was firmly fixed on qualifying at Mallorca later in 2016, this would give me 12 months to train for Kona. Quite simply I bombed, 16th in my AG, 7 weeks to recover and race just wasn’t enough to make the impact I needed. I needed to rethink. Me and Kelly had talked at length about going to Kona and then Disney for her 40th, problem is, they don’t hand slots out for free and I had just turned one down! As a family surrounded by triathlon ‘Kona’ is always hanging ‘out...

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Kona 2012 – Photos

Kona 2012 – Photos

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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

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....

Race Report – Challenge Roth 2008

Race Report – Challenge Roth 2008

posted on: Jul 19, 2008 | author: admin

Well seeing as I have a blog and I look at others I thought I better start using it, bit late I know as most of the build up to the race should be logged here but I store info in so many places I am sometimes not able to keep up with myself !!Anyway, below is a LONG race report for the Roth race.Preamble I have just finished reading Candy’s Arizona report for some inspiration but was crying so much that I couldn’t see so I had to stop, this one is more like Smiffy’s epic Norseman than one of Candy’s comedy’s but hey I have never been any different, so apologies once again in advance. I’d been having nightmares about the hotel booking for months; firstly I had found an empty hotel in the centre of Roth, suspicious …. This was in October the year before the...

Race Report – Bala Middle 2008

Race Report – Bala Middle 2008

posted on: Jun 18, 2008 | author: admin

Last time I did this race was 2006, 21st then and because of the course change I have decided that the aim this time was to place higher as times are irrelevant. Well, the course was tougher but just as enjoyable, well marshalled and a good challenge, as anyone who has raced here the run is a bitch and it never really gets any easier. Swim 32.57 (inc T1) New wetsuit (2XU V1) was superb, felt comfy all the way round and only started to have issues at the end when I was fighting the water, should learn to relax into the final 400m Bike 2.23.07 Found this tough but went all out as this is my strongest discipline at the moment, HR was just below 170 for the hills but still pushed for the rest of the flats and downhills Run 1.35.21 (inc T2) This has been the...

Race Report – IM Lanzarote 2007

posted on: May 19, 2007 | author: admin

Ironman Lanzarote 2007 There are a couple of reasons for doing this race, its tough and it’s a pre cursor to finding out what Hawaii can be like etc but none of them were in my mindset. Mine were, this was the only European one I hadn’t done and it also gave me a good reason to have a 2 week holiday in a warm resort and thus for Kelly not to be using her holidays again following me around to do another IM. What then made it a better race to do was a number of people I knew were also contemplating the same foolhardy race, pirates, Chester Tri members and training friends as well. And then to make it better, the support teams starting mounting up, more pirates, my parents, Chester members just wanting to come and watch and use it as a good reason to get...

Norseman – Race Tips

posted on: Oct 1, 2006 | author: admin

NORSEMAN NOTES 2005/2006 Authors : Andy Bass/Nick Rose   GENERAL STUFF These notes are a meant as a guide to racing the Norseman. They are a mixture of two years of racing the Norseman, 2005 from the eyes of Nick Rose and 2006 from the eyes of Andy Bass. They are just a few personal thoughts, advice and tips while the memory of the race is still fresh. First off, we both agree that the 12 IM’s between us this is the one that will be a dying memory. It is more a mini-adventure race than an ‘Ironman’ (won’t use the word again!) and more like a swim-bike-run-walk due to the colossal and somewhat bizarre 17KM climb that begins at 25K into the run and rises 1,800M to the top of mountain which the Norseman labels ‘a pile of rocks’. For the connoisseur ‘Ironman’ (sorry), you won’t swim a...

IMDE  2006 – Photos

IMDE 2006 – Photos

posted on: Aug 1, 2006 | author: admin

IM Germany 2006 – Photos Bike building Chester Tri Pirate Central Kelly’s 5k Team Supporting Role for 5k Anna Kelly on her 5k Young ‘Un Race morning Chester Tri Dave finishing Jeff finishing Mum and lots of beer Kelly and mum and more beer Loads of late support Finisher Chute Pirate Party day after Pirate Party day after Pedalo Racing Mum and more beer Pirate Party day after Pirate Party day after Pirate Party day after Pirate Party day after Pirate massive Pirate Party day after Pirate Party day...

Race Report – IM Frankfurt 2006

Race Report – IM Frankfurt 2006

posted on: Jul 20, 2006 | author: admin

IM Germany 2006 Frankfurt – European Championships. The journey to Frankfurt started many moons ago with entry, hotels, flight booking and forum threads but the ‘keeping it real’ journey was on the Wednesday before the race, I was travelling with Kelly and 3 guys from Chester Tri to Cologne by airline and catching 3 trains to Frankfurt. To know how much time I spend trying to find the best routes, cheapest ‘good’ hotels etc means that to have discarded everything in favour of travelling Easyjet because of the great bike carriage deal is to know how much of a let down it was to me 2 minutes after we arrived at the check in desk. The problems started as we approached the astoundingly unhappy check in girl, who was purposely put there to make our lives hell and had obviously got out of the bed the wrong side and...

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