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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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Not a race report

I’d always planned to write up my first race of 2014, with Wokingham Half being an early introduction to my season designed to remind me of pre-race nerves and hopefully post a good time to prove to myself that all … 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 Part 2: a humbling day out

Despite the gaps in my preparation, I was still reasonably confident that I could pull off a respectable race.  I’d trained hard all year and I’d won my age group by more than 15 minutes to qualify, so surely I … 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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Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Vegas, 8 Sep 2013

Having qualified for Vegas to great excitement a full year earlier, by the time the race rolled round it had become an almost unwelcome distraction from preparing for Kona.  I was exhausted after a long season and was trying to … Continue reading

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Ironman UK race report, 4 Aug 2013

This was rapidly rebadged as my A race of the 2013 season following a nightmare race in Texas back in May.  I was desperate to see how fast I could go and whether I could get my hands on the … 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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