GURYE Ironman 2017 Report

I just signed up to do the Korean Ironman again, taking place in Gurye on Sep 9th, so thought I’d repost my race report from last year… yay, I’m excited as my race year is beginning to take shape.

Get the Run Done!

Gurye IronMan.  Korea 10 September 2017

After all the issues of injury and recovery, motivation and “lack there-of” over the last 12 months, at long last race day had arrived. The previous few days had been a whirl of activity, involving constant travelling the 8km between our hotel on the outskirts of Gurye Town to the main “race central” situated in the National Park for registration, briefing, swim practice, bike check et al, so was nice to finally focus on the reason I was in Korea – to participate in my 6th Iron distance race.

IMG_1822 (002) Ready to race. One days worth of gear

I woke at 3am and started the process of preparation – eating as much as I could, constant trips to the toilet to lighten the load and checking and rechecking my gear. Our group of 10 had all decided to take the 5am shuttle bus, so…

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Strava, bloody Strava!

This is just a quickie, to highlight my new discovery.. the Strava App. I am sure most of you who ride bikes have been using this for some while, but as usual I am very late to the game and I only just started using it... and every day I discover something new. First it …

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A good week, Strava and new motivation

Ok, a week has passed and no updates, I hold my hands up and hang my head in shame. No real excuses other than actually stayed fit enough to train all week and I used all my energy on swim/bike/run/gym and very little left for anything else First a quick update on the tropical weather …

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Wet, windy and bored…

A very wet and windy end to the week here in Javea, with something called "gota fría", or "cold drop" bringing us some crazy weather. Some spectacular lightening during the night, along with rolling thunder to add to the heavy rain and gale force winds we had since yesterday afternoon. Took a walk to the …

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Sea swimming in January

This is not much of a post, but I just had to share this.. two days ago I mentioned in my blog that it was too cold for swimming in the sea right now, which is only natural it being January and the middle of winter etc ..,. I spoke too soon, there are some …

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How to become a better tri-athlete!

So now for part II of how to improve as an athlete, or specifically TRI athlete. This second part will focus on the actual 3 disciplines of the sport of triathlon. I did my first marathon back in 2004, my first triathlon 2005, and my first full Ironman in 2006. I have read so many …

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How to become a better athlete – Part I

I’m really fascinated to find out how much better an athlete I can become if training is my main “focus” and I’m living in a place with such a wonderful training environment that Javea offers. I really am in a very lucky position that many would be envious of, and it’s time I start taking …

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Weather!

I’m in UK for few days, and this morning I have woken up to 50kph winds, rain and clouds... well, I shouldn't be surprised as it was exactly the same when I went to bed, and I have to admit it reminds me exactly why I decided to move to southern Spain for the winter! …

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Living the dream in Spain

We are now far enough through the month of January to have gotten over the excesses of Christmas, allowing us to start on the plans that can turn our hopes and dreams into reality. One of my favourite quotes is "in a year from now you'll wish you started today", it's so bloody simple but …

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Monday morning motivator!

I just had a fantastic early Monday morning workout, and just had to tell you about it 🙂 I start training properly from this week, I’m feeling fit, bug free and most importantly, managed a proper nights sleep. However, I have to travel up to London for a few days, so was bit pushed for …

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