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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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Not The London Marathon 2014 (David)


In 2009 it was suggested that a social run around the Bushy parkrun 5k course a few weeks out from the London Marathon would be a great little motivator for those long runs and also to get to share a long run with people who are running different distances – so not just for the 20+ miler club!  Not The London Marathon was born!  You can read about the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 events elsewhere on this blog. The ‘rules’ are as follows… Start around

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Ironman 2013 All World Athlete


Just over a week ago I received an email from that said the following: “Congratulations David on becoming a Gold IRONMAN All World Athlete. Your race performances in 2013 earned you a place in the Top 1% in the world in your Age Group for IRONMAN Overall, IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3.” The Ironman ‘Age Group Ranking’ system recognises the best age group athletes in the world.  It is not related to the current Kona qualification system and is based

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Ranelagh Harries ‘Mob Match’ vs Blackheath & Bromley – 15 February 2014


So, of the four mob-matches that our running club takes part in each year this is the second one I’ve made it to this season.  This is pretty good going for me.  OK, not quite as good as Ranelagh member Clive Naish who is on a streak of 121 consecutive races!  David Wright is also ticking them off having completed 156 events.  With there being only four each year that’s quite some going! Anyway, it was howling with wind (so

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New year training update


So, it’s still the off season for me.  At least that’s the excuse I’m using at the moment.  This year has got off to a fairly slow start – I’m in no real rush as I’m not racing until late June (Ironman France if you’re wondering) so just trying to get back into consistent training again. At the end of 2013 I was able to run again with no pain in my left foot (well, it was August when it

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2013 Running and Triathlon Summary – David

As the year ends I think I’m supposed to reflect on the past year.  When this blog started in August 2006 (yes, seven and a half years ago!) I was just a runner.  Over the years I’ve done a fair bit of running, but now this is just part of a swim/bike/run triathlon training focus. After a bad end to 2012 when I cracked a (or some) ribs whilst windsurfing I got back into training at the start of the

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