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The great weight debate…

I’ve had an unprecedented level of response to my last post, mostly asking about weight loss and how I did it while training for long-distance triathlon racing. Below follows an attempt to set the weight loss in the context of … Continue reading

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Reflecting on a year of change

2018 was an exhausting year. I moved house, changed my coaching setup and had my longest training and racing season ever. I had an absolute shocker of a race in June, after which I made some fairly drastic changes to … Continue reading

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Ironman 70.3 Dublin race report, August 2016

I entered this race because all my friends seemed to be doing it…. which seems like a bad reason at first glance, but over the years I have learnt that racing needs to be fun as well as hard! I’d also … Continue reading

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Challenge Fredericia race report, August 2016

Having not really dared to plan anything based on what my body might still be able to do After The Ironman, I was slightly bewildered to find myself still in one piece at the end of June, back training normally a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Where next?

So – having finished Challenge Denmark iron distance in June – I can finally say I am officially back to doing what I love! Of course, the next aim is to do it faster… After Denmark I had a whole FOUR … Continue reading

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A better way forward for pro Ironman racing

A recent article on the future of professional Ironman racing has proposed, in all seriousness, a system whereby the disparity between the number of men’s and women’s pro slots at Kona is increased. “The pro fields would begin at 60 … Continue reading

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Ironman South Africa, 6 April 2014

The coach of my first Henley-winning rowing crew said to us during the lead-up to the race, “You have to be good enough that you can have a bad day on race day and still win.” For me that thought … Continue reading

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Christmas in Paradise…

After starting my 2014 campaign with a couple of months of back-to-back turbo sessions and comedy running outfits… …I welcomed the opportunity to leave the UK for a couple of weeks and practise some other aspects of training.  Sea swimming, … Continue reading

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Kona baby! Part 1: How not to prepare for World Championships

Having qualified against all odds at IMUK, I didn’t have long to pick myself back up before Kona.  As well as a perfectly-timed and remarkably persistent chest infection, I’d had a niggling stress response in my foot ever since Bolton … Continue reading

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A weekend of mixed emotions, 23 June 2013

At last I’ve had my first “successful” triathlon experience of the year, where I was racing from the gun to the finish line, rather than being knocked off my bike or trying to work out what the strange rattling noise … Continue reading

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