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Epic Camp 2014 – Day 2 – Whistler to Lillooet


Tuesday night I was shattered. I was in bed by 8:15pm and asleep by 9. I woke up just before 5am so lazed around for about an hour before getting up at 6. Sorted myself out and then down with my bike shortly after 6:30am for the early activities. A pre-breakfast of toast and honey followed by a honey sandwich set me up! We all rolled out and headed towards a place called Rainbow Park, situated right on the lake.

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Epic Camp 2014 – Day 1 – Vancouver to Whistler


Every day for the next 12 days my laptop will pop up a little reminder about the day ahead. Unfortunately the one thing I cannot do is click ‘Snooze!’ I was awake shortly before 5am (the 8 hour time difference didn’t help at all) and at about 10 past I got up and worked out how to use the coffee machine in the room. Sorted myself out for the early activities on the list and then went downstairs. There I

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Epic Camp 2014 – Day 0


After spending the last few days trying to decide whether to take my fancy time trial bike or road bike I eventually decided for the road bike. This should be more comfortable for me over the next couple of weeks – so ‘Ruby’, my trusty Specialized Roubaix which I’ve had since early 2008 will be my friend for the next two weeks. The bags were packed and first thing Monday morning I was on my way to Heathrow.  The last

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Epic Camp Prologue

Canada route (map)

In 2009 a fellow ‘pirate’ (Gavin, PSC) told me about the IMTalk triathlon podcast. I’ve been listening to it weekly without fail ever since. From listening to the podcast I learn about and heard amazing stories of events such as Challenge Roth, Challenge Wanaka, the Nice triathlon etc. Because of the podcast these are all events that I’ve been fortunate to have taken part in. I’ve even managed the ‘superbowl’ of long distance triathlon – the Ironman World Championship in

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300 parkruns – more than just a number

Photo: Brenda Glendenning

A few weeks ago I was asked by the event director at the wonderful Bognor Regis parkrun if I’d be running my 300th parkrun at their event.  I’d not thought about it (my 300th parkrun) to be honest.  50, 100 and 250th runs are currently the main parkrun ‘milestones’ – although I never had a ’50 club’ t-shirt as they didn’t exist until after I’d run my 100th.  300 parkruns was just a number to me.  Anyway, I said yes and

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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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