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2015 Training Summary (David)

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Well… this won’t take long to write… Each year along with many other people we like to (or perhaps don’t really like to) look back at the previous years training and racing.  I’ve done it on this site since 2007 so this is my eighth annual summary.  Here we go… The year began with a dodgy ankle which was causing me problems running any sort of distance. That was a negative.  The positive was that I had the Ironman World Championship

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Race Day – Post Race and What’s Next

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This is the fifth and final part of a number of posts describing my day at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Previous parts are pre-race, swim, bike and run.  I am planning on creating a little video about my day but you’ll have to wait for that. So without further ado, here’s how my day finished off and what I have planned for 2016 and beyond. Once I’d shown my ‘catchers’ that I was able to walk without assistance I headed

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Race Day – Run

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This is the fourth of a number of posts describing my day at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Previous parts are pre-race, the swim and the bike. Heading out onto the road for the final part of the day was a great feeling.  These races are funny – you battle and train hard to qualify and just get to the start line of this race in Hawaii.  So many people each year put in the work and don’t manage to qualify.

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Race Day – Bike

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This is the third of a number of posts describing my day at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Previous parts are pre-race and the swim. I got on the bike and started the mass bike procession around town. The 112 mile ride at the Ironman World Championship isn’t a difficult ride in terms of gradients etc.  It is however tough in a number of other ways.  Some of these were summed up pretty well shortly before the

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Race Day – Swim

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This is the second of a number of posts describing my day at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  The first part is pre-race. It’s a bloody long way is 2.4 miles. Especially for me as I’ve only really swum that distance once this year. A week ago. Anyway, the idea was to take it steady. No smashing out a fast swim (which is impossible for me anyway) and to just find some feet to stick close to and draft away

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Race Day – Pre-Race

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I always write a race report. It allows me to remember the day I had and put things down that may help me in the future or at least remind me of the fun (and not so fun) bits in years to come. I’m also hoping to put together a little video from race day as well as I have some footage that I took before the race, the official video that I bought and then a bit post race.

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 22 – Lava, honu and heading home

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Thursday is our last day in Hawaii. We’re loving it here but looking forward to getting back to the UK as well. As our flight isn’t until this evening there was of course plenty to do!  Especially when I’m involved. We headed off in the car north up the Queen K highway up to mile marker 91 and pulled over. On the mountain (mauka) side of the road right beside the highway is a rather impressive (but collapsed in places)

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Kona Diaries 2015 – Day 21 – Dig Me Magic Lava

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We’re leaving Hawaii soon – but not today – so we thought we’d head to the pier for one last swim from Dig Me beach. A cruise ship was in town today so there were a few more people about but compared to the last two weeks it was like a ghost town. Sharon went for a little snorkel close to shore whilst Andy, Emma and myself swam to the ¾ mile swim buoy (meaning ¾ miles total once you’ve

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