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Outlaw 2015

Outlaw 2015

Never have I spent so much time looking around for the weather forecast that is least apocalyptic.  But as last week passed, it was time to HTFU, pack warmer kit, and face the legendary Outlaw Triathlon. This was my second iron-distance race, and I went into it feeling a lot more confident than I did before IMUK in 2013.  Part of that’s inevitable, because I knew I could go the distance.  But part of it is also because I was much...

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Race Report – Cotswolds 113

Race Report – Cotswolds 113

The Cotswolds 113 on Sunday was a great race. Organisation was fantastic, and the marshalling was some of the best I’ve experienced. Every single one of them (and there were around 150 marshals on the course) was cheering the athletes on, smiling and giving huge encouragement. An early start meant 4am rise, but I was up like a lark. The usual porridge and banana breakfast in my hotel room, and a coffee with a mate, then it was time to...

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January training 2015

January training 2015

I’m back!  Training for the Outlaw in July, I thought I’d keep track of my monthly training logs.  Maybe it’ll be interesting, maybe not.  Let me know! This month I ran 45 miles, swam 5 miles, and cycled 133 miles, as well as 4 hours’ turbo training (or as I like to call it, Beelzebub’s Bastard Bike).  A gentle month to ease into 2015.  Visited the physio about my shoulders (giving me a bit of pain), and...

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Long Course Weekend 2014

Long Course Weekend 2014

Well, I did two-thirds of it, and what a blast.  The Long Course Weekend is basically an Ironman split over three days, with a 2.4 mile sea swim on Friday, 112 mile bike ride on Saturday, and a marathon on Sunday.  Because of my dodgy knee I left my running shoes at home which meant that, a) I was strangely jealous of those who got up on Sunday to run, and b) I had a few pints of ale on saturday evening.  Swings and...

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Outlaw Half – Nottingham, June 1st 2014

Outlaw Half – Nottingham, June 1st 2014

It’s been a while since I posted anything here! But I had so much fun at the Outlaw Half last Sunday that I wanted to write about it, and share some of the great photos my brother took throughout the day.   Short version… On Sunday I raced the Outlaw Half, a middle distance (half ironman-distance) triathlon held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. I finished in 5:38, a new personal best for the distance. Here...

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2014 – New Year, more fun!

2014 – New Year, more fun!

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope the training and race planning is going well.  I spent most of the Christmas break enjoying getting back into running at last (between mince pies, fine wines, and mostly crap TV).  I’m only up to 5 miles so far, but my knee is holding up well, and this week I had a great visit to the physio.  The splendid Annie flexed and prodded, bent and pushed at my legs, and her conclusion is that I have a slight...

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