Getting into the swing of things.

It’s now been a month since returning to Japan, and my 7 month sojourn in UK and Spain seems a distant memory. I’ve got back to some sort of routine, although things are far from normal, with many offices and shops being closed and a state of emergency in place, meaning restrictions on what you …

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Born again Noob

As a kid I never really enjoyed participating in sports, I was a bit of a klutz, not being particularly gifted with any physical skills other than some endurance. This endurance did favour me when it came to long  distance running, and I was briefly in the school cross country team, however I was always …

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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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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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Training Log – Penultimate week pre-training

I thought I should do a proper weekly update on my training – it’s hardly earth shattering stuff and unlikely will change anyone’s life (including mine!),  but if nothing else helps me review what I’ve done This particular review covers the week starting  18 Feb (almost two weeks ago), during which I split my time …

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Brain over brawn

I’ve been racing now for over 15 years. After a health scare in my late 30s due to “lifestyle” issues,  I successfully managed to lose over 20kg and buff up by following a gym regime. However I got bored with the lack of challenge, and signed up for Honolulu Marathon on a whim, somehow completing …

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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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Might not be much, but I’ll take it

I got into sport for all the wrong reasons.. well, you may say right reasons, but it could  have been anything -  sport, stamp collecting, snake charming. What I mean to say is that  I didn’t get into sport because I enjoy sport, I got into sport because I had to do something, my life …

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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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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 …

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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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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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Sayonara Sri Lanka, come on China! Part II

Back to my trip to England! I was sat at the airport, having checked in and now relaxing in the lounge, taking advantage of the WiFi to browse the Internet. I dropped by the Ironman site as I needed to cancel my race slot for Sri Lanka, and while there decided to take a peak …

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From Last Post to First Post

Yay, here we are, already to start afresh, I'm excited, I'm determined and I cant wait to get going. I will be filling all the blanks as we go along, but briefly this is my second attempt at a blog, my first being a failure in just about every aspect including  visitors, likes, comments, follows …

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