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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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Trionium Bath Hilly Half — 25th November 2012

Trionium Bath Hilly Half — 25th November 2012

My legs hurt. This was my first race for some time, and the longest I’ve raced since the Lakeland Trails Marathon in July!  After the apocalyptic weather we’ve been having lately, I was keeping my eye on the website just in case the event was cancelled.  But there’s no wimping out for trail runners. Just before the start, the organiser shouted into his megaphone, “You’re the hardest of the hardcore!”...

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Bath Triathlon & Multisport Weekend – Bath, 23rd September 2012

Bath Triathlon & Multisport Weekend – Bath, 23rd September 2012

So what’s a Challenge Distance Triathlon?  In this case it was an 800m swim, 40k bike ride, and a 10k run.  So almost an Olympic distance.  Almost… Because of my still-not-quite-there swimming I predicted a 22+ minute swim time, so I was in the first wave.  At 7:30 in the morning.  Shite.  So after getting up at 4:30, eating porridge and a banana, driving to Bath, stopping for a leak beside the road at 6am and seeing a...

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