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Epic Camp France 2011 – Plans and Objectives

Epic Camp France 2011 – Plans and Objectives

I watched the last days of the Tour de France with particular interest. Besides rekindling my excitement for pro cycling, the stages in the Alps were a preview of my next trip. My bags are packed, ready to fly to Lyon and join the Epic Camp crew for their final outing. Eight days of hard […]


Epic Recovery

Epic Recovery

A week has passed since camp finished. I left Invercargill with plans for very active recovery and also the hints of the camp cold. Those hints became the real thing and my recovery was less active than planned! An interesting mixture of fatigue, illness and some post event blues. I’m relieved I’m not the only […]


Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Epilogue

Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Epilogue

I’m back in Wellington which after a weekend of foul weather has turned on the sunshine for me. I felt a slight inkling to go out on the bike on such a lovely day. After 15 days of riding it felt wrong not to be sitting on a saddle. Fortunately it’s still in the bag […]


Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 15 – Job Done!

Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 15 – Job Done!

The final day, just 190km to ride to Bluff and the job is done. It was a weird sensation to be that close to the finish. We all went through the morning routine knowing it’d be the last time. Up early, bags packed and out by the vans, breakfast and then get the bikes ready. […]


Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 14 – Grinding

Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 14 – Grinding

The penultimate day of training and whilst I’ll be sad for camp to end, my body is crying for it to be over! With under 400km to the end of the island I’ll be getting myself there somehow. Of course the last two days are some tough ones with plenty of Kiwi rollers in our […]


Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 13 – Riding the Train

Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 13 – Riding the Train

Somehow I dragged myself out of bed this morning to get a 10K run in before my swim. It was a hard effort for a very average run. Fatigue is a common theme for all of us on camp by now. Two more days to go and they seem daunting! So 10K of running finishing […]


Epic Camp New Zealand Day 12 – ‘easy’ ride

Epic Camp New Zealand Day 12 – ‘easy’ ride

Yet another early start to the day. Up before six ready to have a quick breakfast before heading off to run the Godley Head loop in Christchurch. Increasingly with the runs and swims the number of campers turning up for each event is shrinking. A small group of us got in the vans and headed […]


Epic Camp New Zealand Day 11 – Ouch!

Epic Camp New Zealand Day 11 – Ouch!

I woke at 6:00 this morning and the temptation to sleep in an skip the morning run and swim was massive. The bed was so warm and the weather looked cold out there. However I came into camp with the objective of getting a swim and a run in everyday the option was available. Besides […]


Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 10 – Sea Breezes

Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 10 – Sea Breezes

Tough work out there today. The least desirable winds for the rest of this trip are Southerlies. I’ve checked the forecast and that’s what we’ve got till Invercargill. We all got a taster of Kiwi sea breezes today. The bike stage was only 125km, shorter than most of the days we’ve done. A KOM at […]


Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 9 – Resting

Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 Day 9 – Resting

Rest Day! All points were neutralised today, there’s nothing for running or swimming. All we had to do was get up, get ourselves on the Interislander ferry and ride 28km from Picton to our motel in Blenheim. After eight days of near enough eight hours training a day it was just an hours spinning. I […]