I have often heard, and sometimes used, the expression “a life changing” time or experience. I’m not sure I really understood what that meant, but with the help of 2019 I think I am far closer to knowing exactly what it can mean. As I sit here on the 31st December 2019 and reflect back over the last twelve months I can certainly say that my life has changed beyond all recognition.Continue reading 2019 The Story Continues. A Pace.
A fresh Sunday morning in Northamptonshire! And our running with my running club Olney Runners.
The club organised a 10k race (basically one lap of the reservoir) for club members, their friends & family. But this year also opened it up to other local running clubs. What makes this such event is that all proceeds, donations and the money we would have spend on medals all goes to charity instead.
And the cakes were plentiful and much appreciated 😊
So what’s not to like for a bit of winter running action! Nice course, great company and a good cause. Perfect way to spend my Sunday morning👍
Last Saturday, all tattooed and keen, I made my to Woburn for the ‘Woburner Middle Distance’ race. Full of big hopes, feeling very good about it, and actually on top of my game. Confident that I knew what I was supposed to be doing. The old body felt like it was in good enough shape to achieve a decent time.
The plan didn’t include blood. It certainly didn’t involve throwing up and it was all supposed to be over in a lot less than the six and half hours.
In what is becoming a bit of a tried and tested format, how exactly did I manage to mess this one up ??
Writing this whilst sitting outside a French Cafe in glorious sunshine, it is hard to recall any negatives about yesterday’s race… But of course in my own well documented style I will try 🙂
Yesterday, I participated in the Standard Distance triathlon set in the grounds of the very picturesque Chateau de Chantilly and hosted by Castle Series Events. Overall a disappointing outcome for me of 3hrs 7min but a very well organised and hugely popular event. Certainly one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. And if circumstances permit, then I would add to my calendar for next year without hesitation.
So how did I mess this one up? Continue reading 5 of 6 Chateaux Chantilly – Wot No Tee Shirt?!?!?
Another weekend, another race. Or at least that is how it’s starting to feel (and not in a bad way), and this time tThe Calfman organised by Big Cow Events and held at Emberton Park Buckinghamshire (04/08/19). As this rollercoaster season has worked out The Calfman ended up being an ‘A’ race for me. A strange event in that during the race it felt very good, after the race it felt good and initial impressions were that it was a ‘success’. But having sat down, looked at my times and comparisons… turns out it was passable at best. But actually a bit of of a ‘non event’ (on so many fronts!).
So what has displeased me *THIS* time? And what is The Calfman like as a race…Continue reading Race 4 of 6 : The Calfman
As I sat at the ExCel eating a handful of dry muesli cereal post race (don’t ask… I surpsased myself today), I felt decidedly flat and uninspired. Surprisingly not because of the “Muesli Episode” but due to what I felt was a bloody poor performance in todays race. My worst case consolation prize (bronze) goal was a sub 1:30 time and I didn’t even manage that (1:32:24… was going to have to say it at some point so may as well get it out now!).
Having consumed sugar virtually all the way home, I decided to reflect and see what lessons I could learn. After all I had a plan so I should be able figure out where this went wrong and adapt my training accordingly.
So buckle up, get a nice mug of tea and let me bore you with another post race ramble…
Continue reading 3 of 6 London Triathlon – Lesson Learned
Hardly seems a year since I nervously rocked up at London’s ExCel centre to participate in the London Triathlon 2018. That was for one of my very first races and everything filled me with concern. I was entered into the Super Sprint, but even 400m in the docks… Well let’s just say it might as well have been the channel!
So what about this year? Respectfully confident I think is the best way to put it. And even better I have a bit of a plan. Thought I would commit it to a blog post so I can’t ‘adapt’ it after the event. So here is the long and short of it.
Continue reading A bit of a plan for London
This is completely new territory, I have decided to do some adding up and try to figure out what might work as a bit of a plan for this Calfman race.
In my exceptionally limited experience so far the basic plan has been dream up a target time (based on nothing), rock up, try as hard as you can (whilst still keeping enough to make sure you finish), cross your fingers and hope for the best. To be fair this rather haphazard approach has served me well… But maybe it is time to be a bit more grown up about it?Continue reading Calfman – like the clappers?
At the start of January 2019 training commenced for Alpe D’Huez 70.3. At the end of May 2019 I withdrew my entry from the race and completely changed my plans and thinking for the year ahead. So what’s going on?Continue reading All Change
I can’t recall who gave us that quote, else I would naturally credit the original source! The original quote was said in relation to cycling, but of course it is equally applicable to triathlon. Whilst sheltering from the rain last night at my WTri I accidentally fell into a conversation and was reminded of the quote…