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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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“Tim, you are an Ironman!”

“Tim, you are an Ironman!”

Ironman UK, Bolton — 4th August, 2013 On 10th September 2012, I paid my entry fee for Ironman UK. I’d run my first couple of marathons that year, and raced my first two triathlons. I had the bug. I was fitter than I’d been in a long time, and leaner. But for me, the mere thought of Ironman was something way beyond my capability, or my comprehension. I’d only been riding a road bike for 4 months, and I could barely...

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Grafman Middle Distance – 9th June 2013

Grafman Middle Distance – 9th June 2013

This was my first half-iron distance race — 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run – and a big step up from anything I’ve done before.  And it was a blast.  Here’s what happened… Pre-race It was great meeting fellow Ironman-virgin Andy Baxter. We’ve been chatting for ages on email etc about our training and hopes for Ironman, so it was a real pleasure to meet up with him. We had a good chat,...

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Blaenafon Triathlon — 12th May, 2013

Blaenafon Triathlon — 12th May, 2013

What a tough one!  This was the 30th anniversary of the Blaenafon Triathlon, and it now shares the title of longest running tri in the UK with a race in Ireland.  A huge milestone, but it’s not surprising, as it’s such a challenging race.  No one who finished this one yesterday doesn’t feel a real sense of achievement today. I entered partly because it was local, and partly because it fit in nicely with my Ironman...

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Pontypool 10k — 24th February, 2013

Pontypool 10k — 24th February, 2013

First race of the year! It’s going to be a fun, action-packed 2013, with Isca Duathlon, Blaenavon Triathlon, the Grafman Half-Iron distance, and then Ironman UK.  Following that, the small matter of Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest, the Cardiff Half Marathon, and the Snowdonia Marathon.  So I started off the year’s racing with a nice gentle 10k. And what a great race!  350 entrants, including lots of runners from...

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