Ironman UK – Tick – Done – Got The T-Shirt

IRONMAN UK (BOLTON, 2017) Having gone though an ‘Age Group’ triathlon/duathlon phase in previous years it was always going to be interesting comparing that experience to the parallel ‘big event’ experience of a branded Ironman. The purpose of this post is just to briefly explain the event and then give a little insight into MY training, in…

Ironman Journey : All over bar the racing…almost

This weekend just finished was nice and ‘easy’ with ‘only’ about 6.5 hours of training. Although the taper started last week the training influence curve is still positive for a few more days, so I reckon that there is still a little bit of beneficial training to be had. This weekend was a race-kit testing weekend…

Ironman Journey – My Grandma’s Toenail

Two posts in one title. You lucky people. My granny’s new rear cassette just arrived. 11-32T. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a massive ring on my TTs rear end. the one on my MTB is probably even smaller than this one. Actually it may well even be the exact same cassette…I didn’t check.…

Ironman Journey – TaaaaaaaaaaaPeeeeeeeeer

Finally, today marks the start of my 3-week taper. The 14/15 hours this week seems positively easy in comparison to what I should have been doing in the last 3 weeks. I am left with this quandary: 3.8km Swim – OK I’ve done more than that in very many club sessions. But never continuously. I’ve managed…

Ironman Build – The Shape of the Pear

I always thought that pears had quite a nice shape. But when applied to training ‘maybe not’. My training is on the verge of going pear-shaped in the bad, metaphorical sense. The volume is increasing steadily by half an hour a week. There’s an all-prevalent sense of mild tiredness throughout my body but nothing particularly aches,…

My Ironman Journey: Running Shock / Impact / Braking

A mate has invited me on a 22 mile run next week. Oh dear. I don’t think I’ve ever run that far. That got me thinking about my newfound injury-freeness. I probably haven’t changed my technique/strength that much over the last year or so despite a few tweaks probably keeping the dreaded injuries at bay.…

Ironman Staffs 70.3 – 92% Full

I was thinking of sneaking this one into the mix. But at 92% full (source: triathlonbusiness) it’s likely my procrastination levels will mean I won’t. I seem to remember my research said this was the ‘easiest’ one to do? In terms of flatness that is. My back aches at the thought of that in TT.…