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Self portrait during Sharon's long run checking out the Challenge Wanaka marathon course

Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Thursday

This morning the plan was to get an early swim in just to get a little more used to the possible choppy conditions in the lake. The van had been rocked all night by strong winds and when we got to the beach at about 9am the wind was absolutely howling and nobody was swimming.…

Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Monday – The 5k Fun Run…

So… after months and months of saving, planning and a rather long flight from London to New Zealand (where we didn't really get any jet-lag!!) Sharon and I have been doing lots and lots of travelling in our campervan and sightseeing. During our first week here we visited places including Mount Cook, Queenstown (including the…
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Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Friday

Friday morning and I had a good nights sleep - which is perfect as it's very rare to get a good sleep the night before the race - especially when the alarm is going to wake us up at 3:30am! We took the campervan straight down to the beach this morning. Sharon had her breakfast…

Christchurch Saturday Runners

Saturday mornings pretty much mean one thing in the Rowe household - parkrun.  Free 5k timed runs in parks all around the UK (and now well beyond).  Well, we're currently in New Zealand and there's no parkrun here (yet - it is coming though...). Whilst we've been here we've managed to take in a 5k…

David’s Results

David took up running in 2006, although had completed a few 10k 'races' in the years before.  His first 10k was the Run London event in Richmond Park in September 2002 where he finished in over 1 hour 15 minutes.  His 10k times rapidly improved (partly through training and also after losing over 70lbs in…

2012 Running and Triathlon Summary – David

It's that time of year again - where I post a quick summary of what I've been up to running and triathlon wise this year past year.  This is primarily for myself to look back on years to come but may be of interest to others! After the main 'highlight' of 2011 being the Brighton…

Epic Camp Prologue

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…

A proper send off

A couple of weeks ago Sharon told me that we'd been invited round to Ann and Ray's house for dinner.  Ann and Ray are the event directors at Bushy parkrun and we've known them for years.  A couple of years ago I even went on holiday to Lanzarote with them (just the three of us…

Challenge Wanaka 2012 – Race Day

The short report... I did an ironman distance triathlon called Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand.  It was an amazing race.  It was hard work.  I think I did pretty well.  The end. The long report... Before I get on with it I wrote a number of posts in the week leading up to the race…

One week until London… Marathon Preparation

On Sunday 22nd April 2012 I will be running the London Marathon for the second time.  This will be my third 'standalone' marathon.  When I say 'standalone' I mean that I have run other marathons, but as part of Ironman distance triathlons (i.e., after a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride!).  Here's how…
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The Outlaw Triathlon 2012

After supporting friends at this race in 2010 in the back of my mind I thought it could be a good event to enter and after it was decided upon as the main 'Pirate' race of 2012 then it was an easy decision.  This was to be my first UK Ironman distance race - 2.4…

2010 Running Summary – David

Another year, another summary of the years activities (see 2009, 2008, 2007 for previous summaries)... After finding myself on the injured bench at the end of 2009 I desperately wanted to start 2010 with a parkrun. So, the start of the year began on the 1st January with Bushy parkrun. I finished in 24:24 and…

Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Wednesday – Swim the course…

A 6:20am wake up call and we got the van ready (i.e., just disconnected the camp site power cable and closed all the cupboards) and headed down to the lakefront as at 7am it was the official 'Swim The Course' event - where competitors get a chance to swim the official course. As we arrived…
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Challenge Wanaka 2012 Race Week – Tuesday – Spin the legs…

Tuesday morning started with our first lie-in of our trip so far. A lie in as in 7am that is!! After a leisurely breakfast I pumped up my bike tires and decided to give the bike a little spin - my first ride in a couple of weeks. I headed off onto the first part…
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Challenge Roth Ironman distance race – 18 July 2010

When it comes to Ironman races you need to be prepared - they sell out so quickly you often need to sign up almost a year in advance. This is what happened this time. In July 2009 a few days after finishing Ironman Switzerland I signed up to Challenge Roth in Germany. This isn’t an…
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Ironman Lanzarote 2013

On 23rd May 2012 (yes, a year ago) I paid my 418 euros (yes, it's not cheap!) to enter the Ironman Lanzarote triathlon - a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile (hilly and windy) bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon just to finish the race (and all the racers) off! Ironman races sell out…

Ironman UK 2013

Kona, Hawaii. The home of the Ironman World Championships. For the past few years I've stayed up all night watching the online coverage, completely immersed myself in the news and videos from 'Kona Week' that are all over the various triathlon online media and I'd say I probably get more excited about this week in…
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