Triathlete Europe

Dawn Till Dusk

Earlier this year I received rather a surprise when I got a place in Otillo. My friend Andy had suggested we enter and try to get a place on merit. I thought it a great idea but assumed merit would require a rather better race CV than we had. Andy took all our best race results and achievements, clearly spinning some magic, as we got in on merit. Read More...
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TSB Syndrome

There was a time when training was all about chasing numbers. Any decent race result I had was all gravy. I remember tracking week to date and year to date totals for distance and time across all disciplines. Read More...
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Starting Back

Finally I need to get back in to training. Following Ironman Florida I had my most comprehensive end of season break since starting in Triathlon. I stopped weighing myself, stopped taking my resting HR, didn’t give a hoot about what I ate or drank and I never forced myself to train. Read More...
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Challenges

I’ve just got back from day three of my “Advent Challenge” having run 3km. I’d announced this on twitter to see if anyone wanted to join me. Some of the reaction to it got me thinking. Read More...
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Rhythm Of Life

I’ve spent most of today in what has become an off season ritual; chopping wood. This preparation at least two winters hence reminds me of triathlon, especially Ironman, where you need to plan ahead. Read More...
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Anatomy Of A Training Camp

I’m sitting in front of my new wood burner as the first cold snap of autumn hits. Everyday I check in on what’s going on in Kona, which renews my drive to get back there one day. Read More...
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Tenby

It was several years ago when Ironman UK was moving from Sherborne and there were teasers out about a fantastic new location that I was chatting at a café stop and discussing where we thought a good race location would be. Read More...
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Why Am I Hungry

I regularly see nutrition advice about how to get to race weight, how to stop being hungry and what to snack on. Generally it revolves around grazing, eating complex carbohydrates and, of course, calories in verses calories out. Read More...
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WTC Growth

I find myself very torn. I want to go back to Kona and thus need to do Ironman branded events but I see more and more signs of corporate profit making which make me want to go elsewhere. There was a year or so ago where all the finishers t-shirts in Europe were more or less the same as globalisation hit our sport. Read More...
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Day On Camp

Today was meant to be the iconic day of the first Everyday Training Pyrenees KOM camp.
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Fear Of Sunlight

Since Leander Cave hit the news having been diagnosed with a skin cancer I’ve heard from a few quarters a statement along the lines of “this is a timely reminder of the need to use sun cream”. I must admit I found this odd as it was effectively saying that Leander didn’t use sun cream. Read More...
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The Games We Play

Last month I had a great week in La Playitas training with old friends and new. One of the new friends had only taken up cycling in the past year Read More...
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Should It Be Comfortable

As I right this, the hot topic is Lance’s confession on Oprah. I’ve steadfastly not watched it thinking perhaps the best approach would be if the whole world chose to ignore him. Not give him a platform. So I decided not to mention him in my column Read More...
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Racing Unfit

In the run up to Ironman Western Australia it became a running joke with the friends I was staying with that whenever I accepted a beer they would comment “that’s another 5 minutes on to your time”. They were enjoying my much more relaxed Read More...
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Dealing With Injury

Here in Busselton it’s 35c outside though we’re five days from race day I find myself the least well prepared for any Ironman I’ve done. Over the 10+ years I’ve been competing at Triathlon I would say I’ve been Read More...
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Age Group Doping in Ironman

When I saw the story about an age grouper being caught for doping the fact he doped didn’t surprise me at all. I’d felt that the risk reward balance was easily high enough in age group racing that there’d be some unscrupulous triathletes willing to give it a go. Read More...
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Ironman Distance

I headed out on the Ironman Wales run feeling great for the first time in ages. My average pace was right where I wanted it somewhere between 3:15 and 3:20 pace. I was still feeling good as I approached then end of lap 2 of 4 when I saw a split of 1:30. Read More...
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Bike Fit

I’ve had the occasional bike fit in my time as a triathlete. Initially ahead of buying my first road bike when I had not real idea of what bike was appropriate. Since then I’ve had a more sophisticated fit for a made to measure road bike and a very unsophisticated fit for a traditional steel tourer. Read More...
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European Champs

The weekend I raced Roth my mum was worried because she’d looked up the tracker and couldn’t find me. She’d searched for European Championships and had found Ironman Germany whereas I was at the “official” European Championships – the ETU ones at Challenge Roth. Read More...
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Wimbleball

I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t think of my triathlon performances with reference to my foot surgery in 2009. Since then everything has been “best since foot surgery”, “fastest since” and the like. This years UK 70.3 race has certainly gone some way towards achieving that.
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Ride Support

This months column is almost polar opposite to last months where I went through thoughts on a solo ride, this month I’d like to run you through a day of ride support on a training camp.
Back in May Jo and I were lucky enough to be invited over to the Pyrenees by Ian from Pyrenees Multisport to help Read More...
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Thoughts On Long Bike Rides

What occupies your mind on long solo rides? I know I regularly get a feeling of flow, the time and miles just fly by and I find myself stunned when I look at my watch and realise I better head home.
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Sayings That Don't Make Sense

Being a pretty literal thinker and rather logical there are some sayings I often hear that make me cringe. I’m hoping this months column will go some way to my hearing them less.
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Triathlon Celebrity

Getting ready for a swim in Lanzarote back in January I spotted a young lad getting ready to swim in the lane next two me and I recognised him. I spent a moment or two trying to figure out how come I knew him. I couldn’t say hi without at least remembering his name Read More...
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Supporting A Double Ironman

Supporting someone racing a Double Ironman is orders of magnitude more involving than for an Ironman. You are an integral part of the race and the Enduroman organizers appreciate their importance and provided excellent facilities for the crew. Read More...
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Swimming Tips

This morning I swam in massive seas at Puerto Del Carmen in Lanzarote. There has been some volcanic eruption going on under the sea near here, which is apparently, resulting in lots of jellyfish in to the area often closing the beaches. Read More...
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Race Price Inflation

Our triathlon household has recently been enjoying reading some old Triathlete magazines that Jo acquired from a local fire station (which is another story). They’re only twenty years old but how things have changed, not only the groovy sunglasses, Read More...
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End Of Season Break

During my final few days in Kona I pondered my performance and how much I was looking forward to a proper break. It dawned on me that in the less than 2 year period (10 Oct 2009 to 8 Oct 2011) after recovering from foot surgery I’d completed Read More...
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Kona

This year both Chrissie and Crowie looked completely spent on crossing the line at Kona. Stories abounded of pro’s hardly able to walk the following day and certainly many of my friends suffered from “cankles” the next day. Read More...
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Curse Of The Yellow Jersey

A few weeks a go I finished the last Epic Camp which was held in The French Alps. Epic Camp is a unique training camp focused on seeing how much training you can manage in the eight days. To make it interesting and motivate you Read More...
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Every Second Counts

It’s common to hear that transitions don’t count in Ironman because it’s such a long day. Well, I guess that’s correct if you think in terms of percentages but for many of us there are goals that can be missed by these margins. Read More...
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Undercover Referees

I’ve raced fast courses before. I’ve been in races with a reputation for drafting. Being a strong swimmer I’ve found myself near the front and all I’ve seen has been pace lines of riders trying to ride within the spirit of the rules. By this I mean riders often sit up to drop out of the draft zone rather than riding by the whole line. I see this as a practical application of the laws with no one trying to cheat. Read More...
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Ironman Supporting

The night before is fun. Making myself scarce so that Jo can faff without distraction. I chilled by the BBQ with beer and friends not nervous… yet.
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Dealing With Illness

There was a time when like clockwork I would get a flu-like illness as the seasons changed from summer to autumn and from spring to summer. I’ve never been one for taking anything for it my belief being I should allow my immune system Read More...
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Hosting Our First Training Camp

I’ve always enjoyed my DIY training camps. In my fell running days I’d head off with a friend for a week or two and just run in the hills every day seeing how many Munros we could bag and enjoy a pint or two in the evening whilst recounting our exploits. Read More...
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Christchurch Earthquake

There’d been many aftershocks during our stay so far in Christchurch. It started just like one of the aftershocks. Then there was a distinct point, a massive bang, when it was clear this was far more serious. I was in the cinema at the time and it shook like a tent in a gale Read More...
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Barefoot Minimalist Running

Barefoot is such a buzzword at the moment often used for running in bare feet and running in minimalist footwear. Minimalist here means footwear that offers no support. I have been running exclusively in minimalist footwear for 9 months prior Read More...
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Laymans Nutrition

Most of us probably believe we eat a healthy diet or at least know what constitutes a healthy diet. It’s out there, the message is pressed left, right and centre. Eat your Five a day, avoid saturated fat, low fat, control calories, eat from the “Eat Well Plate” Read More...
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Changing Plans

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Sure thing Einstein, Read More...
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Eddington Numbers

Trust me – like many things in life, this may sound complex to begin with but it's really quite simple, it’s just a little tricky to describe in words. A couple of years ago, I noticed that I’d done 100 rides of 100 miles in a year. A friend commented that this was an Eddington number Read More...
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Triathlete Europe Interview Kona 2010

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Pre Lanza

Tomorrow I set off for Lanzarote for a training week with Jo and John. The aim for me is largely to get a big week of consistent bike mileage in. On my own that would mean 100 Read More...
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