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Long Course Weekend – July 2014


As I’m taking part in Ironman Wales in September of this year I always wanted to go and do a course recce before the event to get a feel for the bike route – which is by all accounts the toughest Ironman bike course on the circuit. Rather than do a self supported trip to Tenby to look at the course I decided at the end of last year to enter the ‘Long Course Weekend’ – this event consists of

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Ironman France 2014 – Race Day


Sunday morning and a 3:50am alarm got us out of bed. Within seconds the kettle was on for a cup of coffee followed by a tin and a half of rice pudding. That was breakfast sorted. Transition for the race opened between 5 and 6am (race start is 6:30am) so I was down there at 5am to make sure the bike survived the night alright without me and to fill up the drinks bottles. The drink of choice today was

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Ironman France 2014 – Pre-Race


I could write lots of words about the first few days here in Nice but I won’t.  Instead here’s a few words and lots of photos… On Thursday three of us rode to Monaco to play silly buggers on the Formula 1 track around the town.  We drunk coffee (that wasn’t ridiculously priced) and Shaun had two punctures. On Friday after a little swim I headed out on the bike to have a look at the first 20km or so

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June 2014 training update – Race Week

Photo: Michelle Maxim

So, this is it… race week! Hmn, well, it’s race week but I’m not race ready. This post will probably just read like a list of excuses and writing about my lack of training. Sorry! Since the last post we’ve picked up the keys to our new house (it’s lovely) and we’re now living by the sea. Close enough that I can walk out of the front door in my wetsuit and be in the sea swimming in just over

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May 2014 training update


So, with Ironman race season approaching I must be in peak physical condition and shape and too busy to blog eh…?  Well… not quite.  Here’s a summary of what I have (or should I say have not) been up to, together with a few recent photos to keep you interested! Running has (or should I say ‘had’) been going well, I’ve been ticking over with reasonable long-ish distance runs and enjoying regular parkruns.  In mid April I ran my fastest

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March 2014 Training Update


I thought I’d give a quick update on what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.  Starting with swimming – I’ve had a couple of weeks away from the pool as I’ve got a bit of shoulder pain – it’s not from swimming, but I think I’ve just been sitting and/or sleeping awkwardly!  Anyway, I’m planning on going for a splash later this week and we’ll see how it goes. I’ve been getting a bit more consistent with my

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parkrun – you get out of it much more than you put in…


Since discovering Bushy Park Time Trial parkrun in 2006 we’ve got involved with the core team who put the event on each week.  We’ve drunk coffee in Nero’s in Teddington, been on holiday (a week in Club la Santa on Lanzarote in 2007 and again in 2011), taken photos, marshalled, scanned tokens, entered names into laptops (remember those days), encouraged people in the funnel, made loads of friends and learnt that one of the best things about parkrun is everything

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Spitfire 20 – 16 March 2014

Fellow Ranelagh Harriers 'buddy' Nik at the start.  I didn't see him after the photo was taken!

I took part in this race (well, long training run for me) in 2013 as part of my Ironman/marathon preparation.  I loved it.  It was a cold and windy day but I really enjoyed it.  A few months ago I entered the 2014 edition of the race for another couple of lovely 10 mile laps in the Surrey countryside. My plan for spring 2014 was to run the London Marathon and try and get a fast time that will guarantee

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