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About that shoe fetish…

One a day? Whose stupid idea was a post a day this week? I don’t have the time for a proper post today so instead a quick one about shoes… I don’t know why, but over the past 2 years I seem to have developed a sports shoe fetish… Not in a weird and twisted […]


Building a Better Week

Building a Better Week

Three days to go… With my workload being, well pretty much non-existent, I thought I’d try a post a day till the end of the week. It’ll make up for the fact that whilst I’m off in the Alps I’ll not be posting at all. Not written much specifically about training recently, partly because it’s […]


It’s not a vacation

It’s not a vacation

Four more days of an office job, though at this point it’s hard to describe those 4 days as work. Then it’s the life of a full time athlete! I want to stress though that this isn’t a vacation. In fact when I get the impression that people think it’s a long holiday it just […]


Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run

At the start of the year I spent the first month or two training and being very controlled about my diet. The result was I dropped below my previous race weight. As the months went on and with big training camps the amount I was eating justifiably increased. The problem comes when you have easier […]


Peaking late?

Peaking late?

Can’t say for certain, but it feels a little bit like I’ve peaked this weekend rather than last. Perhaps it’s just the advantage of several days rest and recovery. My muscles are still sore and hold me back from doing to much right now, but at the same time the rest of me feels fired […]


Not quite to plan

Not quite to plan

So to answer the question from last week, I can’t yet break 9:30 for an Ironman. To answer a second question, writing your aim on your handlebars doesn’t help much, but it stays till it happens. Of course the danger of a time based goal is it makes no allowance for course or conditions. Weather […]


CRACK!

CRACK!

Not the sound you want to hear when you’re packing your bike for a race in 3 days time. That’s the noise that came from my stem/handlebars though and then as I remove one of the bolts there’s a thread of metal on it. The thread isn’t stripped, the bolt goes in and out fine […]


I had a dream

I had a dream

Race week just wouldn’t be race week without at least one anxiety dream and I had my first this morning. My recollection of it starts at some point into the run, for some reason I’d decided to stop and chat with the people at an aid station. I was quite relaxed about it all, enjoying […]


Countdown(s)

Countdown(s)

Seven days till Ironman Switzerland now, in fact all being well this time next week it’ll all be over. It’s also 16 days until I finish my job. And in 11 weeks time I’ll be on the Gold Coast. Firstly I’m done with the whining now, it’s 7 days to go, there’s nothing more I […]


Tapering time

Tapering time

After 6 months of training my A race is finally approaching and the taper has begun. Physically and mentally I need it, I’m pretty much done. I think it’s just 10 days now to Ironman Switzerland so my primary objective is to shed the fatigue and get myself fresh for the race. I have to […]