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Gold Coast Half-Ironman – Race #1 in Australia

Gold Coast Half-Ironman – Race #1 in Australia

Two weeks into my time in Oz and race number 1 has come round. I’m starting out with the local Half-Ironman and part of the Aussie Half-Ironman series. I raced another member of the series, Port Macquarie Half, last year and will be at that one again in November. My schedule (which is updated by […]


Filling in the Gaps

Filling in the Gaps

It doesn’t matter where you are or how sunny it is the spaces in between training can still be dull. My plan sees a typical day contain at least 4 hours of training. That leaves a lot of daytime to occupy and believe me it can be tough. Fatigue makes it hard to do much […]


1 Down 51 to go

1 Down 51 to go

My first week of training here in Oz is done. It’s been a big week, reaching 31 hours by the end and I’m pretty tired. I’ve drawn up my training plan and essentially have defined my weekly activities for the rest of my time here. See I said it’s like work, I follow a timetable […]


Had I mentioned it’s warm here?

Had I mentioned it’s warm here?

It’s not all clear skies and sunshine, in the mornings it’s been chilly enough I’ve used arm warmers and my gillet. This is of course at about 5:30 in the morning when a long ride typically starts. By about 7 things have warmed up enough you can strip down to shorts and a jersey and […]


Birds 1 – Russell 0

Birds 1 – Russell 0

As part of a new and better time management initiative I’m trying writing these posts off-line. It keeps me off the internet that little bit more which has got to be a good thing. I might even put a bit more thought into them and that’s definitely got to be a good thing! The theory […]


Enough about books what about the training?

Enough about books what about the training?

Something like 5 days here now, to be honest I’m losing track of the time a little. Days blend into one pretty quickly, though sometimes they’re a bit cloudy or there’s a storm to break up the monotony of the relentless sunny weather. I guess maybe it could get boring otherwise, maybe… I got myself […]


Review of the Alchemist – how to get a post out of 24 hours on a plane.

Review of the Alchemist – how to get a post out of 24 hours on a plane.

Well here I am, in Australia now enjoying warm sunny weather and clear blue skies. It’s a little odd to think this is where I’ll be for the next 9 months or so. Having been stuck on a plane for most of a day there’s not much to blog about. The movie selection let me […]


Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Well that’s it, goodbye to the UK and off to Australia. I’m all packed into 2 bags, somehow everything I need for the next 10 months fits. My bike bag can take 2 pairs of wheels along with the bike frame and a few other bits and pieces. Weighed them and neither bag is too […]


Off to Oz: the Aims and Objectives

Off to Oz: the Aims and Objectives

Part 2 of sorts, though relying that by starting two posts with the title ‘Off to Oz’ I can pass it off as a kind of series. The reality is I’ve not been too motivated this week and training has been very light. I’m too focussed on the trip ahead and making sure everything is […]


Off to Oz: the starting point of the plan

Off to Oz: the starting point of the plan

I’ve done a very quick skim through my archive just to make sure this doesn’t make me seem entirely senile. In the absence of blog worthy activity in my life (the Oz prep goes well) and with only 3 days left I figured I’d post something about how this all started. Apologies now as it […]