The pools are open, the pools are open!

As of April 12th, England opened up a little and while many were celebrating being able to go to the shops, get their hair done or go out for a drink and a meal, for me the big change was that the pools would open. Since December last year my only chance to swim had …

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A sad farewell, a jab and some progress

The big news for the UK this week was the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. I am a bit of a Royalist, although not at all nationalistic having spent so much of the last 40 years out for the country, so I do find it sad to witness the passing of an era. He …

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Is the plan, going to plan?

The Japanese government announced last week the expansion of the lock down to cover the whole country,  along with a promised payment of Y100,000 per adult to support the economy. My office has been in “Work From Home” (WFH) for basically a month, and two weeks ago my gym and pool closed too. Tokyo, much …

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Favero Assioma Uno Powermeter Pedals

I have to be honest and admit that last week was pretty much a failure as far as swim, bike and run goes, when an unexpected disruption meant both training volume and focus dropped considerably, as well as  causing an increase in bad food and bad habits to creep back into my life. There was …

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The Miracle of MAF (and the need for blind faith)

Boring Warning, If you don’t like training by numbers, please scroll on by! It’s been a fun few weeks, trying to finalize goals for 2020 and then building the training plans to reach them. A couple of weeks ago I was fairly sure I knew what I was doing, but continued to have a nagging …

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My Private Training Camp

The continuing problems with my Achilles and the resulting inability to properly train, created serious doubts regarding my level of fitness. Therefore I had reluctantly decided that, rather than risk further injury, I had better drop out of the local Half Ironman race scheduled for 1st September. Of course every cloud has a silver lining,  …

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Japan Half Ironman – Centrair 70.3 Race Report

The Japan Half Ironman, or to give it its proper title, IRONMAN 70.3 Centrair Chita Peninsula Japan 2019, is now the only Ironman branded race in Japan, and is celebrating its 10th year. In my mind I thought I had attended 3 times previously and was somewhat shocked when I checked back through my records …

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Between Races

A month between races I’m sitting on a plane heading back to Europe, and the forced inactivity gives me a great opportunity to catch up on my blog, Haven’t written anything since the Marbella Half Ironman report end of April, so I thought I would first update on the previous month, and then write a …

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Marbella 70.3 Half Ironman 2019 – Race Report

It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog, (which is a pretty familiar sentence this past year), but no excuses, had a lot on my plate that has nothing to do with training or racing, so spending extra energy writing a blog has simply not been a priority. But I have been …

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Race Schedule 2019

So here we are, it’s March already and I need to get my schedule down and decide which races I’m training for. The last three years have been pretty messed up due to family health issues, a sports hernia operation and then being hit by a car, so I haven’t had a full season for …

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Bad roads, wrong breathing and crazy hounds – what a good week!

I’m again sat on a train, this time heading up to the airport in London, where I’ll stay in a tiny hotel room only slightly bigger than the bed, to ensure I get my 7:40am flight to Alicante in the morning. I am very happy with my short stay in the UK, not only did I …

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Ironman Gurye, Korea 2018: Race Report

Since the completion of Ironman Gurye three and half weeks ago, I’ve been taking things pretty easy. I’ve put in a handful of runs of around 30 minutes,  plus another couple around the 60 minute mark. Added to that have been a few short indoor bike sessions and at least one relaxed swim per week,  …

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The day before the race

Here I am, day before the big race, wasting 20 minutes till lunch so a quick post It’s actually a year since I have raced triathlon, and it was the inaugural Ironman Korea 2017 in Gurye that I last raced, and here I am, 12 months later, to try again. Back in last October, I …

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Hokkaido Training – 5 nights & 6 days.

  Let me start this by warning all out there not to tempt fate. I mentioned in my previous post that the place I was heading to (Hokkaido), had summer weather like England but without the rain .. well the weather gods must’ve been listening, as they sent the rain, buckets of the stuff. Out …

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Accidents, Anaemia and being back on track

Hello strangers, long time no see, or as they say in Japanese - “hisashiburi”. It’s been a while since I wrote, and I’m not going to promise regular updates from now, but I am sat in a bus on my way to one of my favourite places in the world, and I thought what better …

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Fast after fifty

I have just come to the end of a wonderful 6 weeks in southern Spain, where I have enjoyed either running, biking or swimming in the glorious sunshine every single day (well there were a few grey and colder days, but those are quickly forgotten ). I will be continuing my training in the UK, …

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A long overdue update

It has been over a month since I have updated my blog, and looking back at what I wrote it is interesting to see how much I was struggling to motivate myself at the time. That lack of motivation also kept me off-line.. well mostly it was lack of motivation, but there has been another …

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Bike and Blossoms

It was a real struggle getting out on the bike today. I knew it would be warm, I knew this was my last chance before heading back to Europe, but my inner wimp was telling me to do the ride indoors. I never enjoy the journey through Tokyo traffic to the river but this time …

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Whinge, whinge, whinge

There I was this morning, ready to post to this blog about how I still hurt and can’t train properly, how hard it’s been, how unlucky I am not to be born a natural athlete etc, a full on whinge combined with a side order of excuses… however before I could press send I got distracted, …

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Back on track

Today is the first day of the first full week in Japan, and I am looking forward to getting down and dirty with my training. The weather si warming up, I am recovering well from both my accident and my travelling, and really feel the energy and desire coming back. I love this buzz I …

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