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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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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Hold it, hold it…. hold it!

Yes, I know, I haven't posted the last weeks training and it's already Thursday! I hear the wailing and the gnashing of teeth, life will never be the same ... Actually I have been traveling constantly, intercontinental, continental and national! I'm now sat at 5am in departures, awaiting the last stage of my journey back …

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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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A painful reminder

Afternoon folks, lovely day here in sunny Spain, the type that makes you feel good to be alive… And I can say that with meaning, as last Friday at around 5pm, a car pulled out in front of me as I was coming down a hill, and sent both me and my bike flying… I …

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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 …

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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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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 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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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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Sayonara Sri Lanka, Come on China Part I

Ok, so I’m starting my journey again. My last journey that was supposed to start from the Colombo Half Ironman in Sri Lanka came to a grinding halt when a combination of ridiculous travelling and continual bouts of coughs and colds totally derailed me, mentally and physically, from my attempt to qualify for both the …

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