Embrunman 7th

Embrunman doesn’t have an Ironman brand attached to it but in France it is pretty much their world champs…Its an absolutely epic race and I was focusing on it for most the season since New Zealand. With a 3.8k swim in the lake then the bike is 188k and take in 5000m of ascent! It is similar to a stage…

Xterra Denmark 12th

I’ve always wanted to do an Xterra triathlon. The raw nature of it where its across every terrain, basically making it as hard as possible. Its completely different from Ironman triathlon which is very controlled, calculated and long! I chose Xterra Denmark because its not really technical on the mountain bike and also it was a good time 2 weeks after…

Since New Zealand…!

So again the my blog post starts with an apology… [Only my mum and dad read it anyway…I’ll call soon mum and dad!] So my venture to New Zealand was epic and memorable but unfortunately not for the racing! I had an average race in Wanaka coming 9th and then DNF’d in IM NZ. I was really gutted as its…

The New Zealand Adventure

So as you get further into the deep dark places of being a professional Ironman athlete you almost become so conditioned to racing the distance that it’s not that imposing anymore. Its lost that ‘will I make it round’ notion which drew me to do it in the first place. Saying that is a fairly obvious thing to say as…

Challenge Weymouth – 2nd

If you’ve followed my last few months you’ll know about Challenge Roth being a disaster. A lot of athletes would just say ‘It wasn’t my day’ or ‘These things happen’… but not me. If I don’t finish a race for any reason other than mechanical problems then there is something fundamentally wrong! I’m not going to beat about the bush……

Challenge Roth – DNF

I pride myself on being mentally strong and being able to cope with most scenarios. Challenge Roth was meant to be my focus for the first part of the year and a massive goal. I did a big block of work over Christmas and knew I had 3 half distance races as prep for Roth. As you know already I…

2nd at Cholmondeley Castle Series Gauntlet

‘That all familiar feeling of racing in the UK when you jump into the lake and you get that feeling of thick warm mud through your toes… A some what comforting feeling! So after the gun went off I was fairly determined to see where my swim training had left me and stayed with the leaders for about 2mins before…

Ironman Lanzarote – 4th

After racing the TriLanza122 race in March I spoke to a sponsor who lives in Lanzarote and he managed to convince me to return for the IM. I spoke with the boss (my coach, not my wife) and we decided that we would taper for IM Lanza because it was the sensible thing to do! There is no point going…

Challenge Fuerteventura

So in short… I swam like a breezeblock, biked ‘hans solo’, and chased like a headless gazelle on the run… to get a lowly 14th overall. On a positive my bike power was the same as my race in Lanzarote 4 weeks ago and my run split was 4th quickest amoungst some great runners. I felt strong and springy on…

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Challenge Henley 2013 + Stowe Middle

So Henley was the main aim for the end of the season. Last year I came 2nd and was so close to winning that all important ‘Big Race’! I had a slight surprise when good friend and training partner Tom Lowe decided to enter. I started regretting telling him how good the race was and how there was good money…