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Ironman Wales 2014

Two tickets to the gun show please!

I entered Ironman Wales a year ago – on the 13th September 2013. This was was less than a week away from flying out to Hawaii for the 2013 World Championship. Hawaii…. Wales…. yeah, they’re both by the sea so pretty similar I guess. This past year has felt busy. After the fun and games in October 2013 things calmed down a little over winter. We decided to move house after nearly 20 years or so living in West London

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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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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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