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Open For Business!

Pleased to say that from the 13th May I will be resuming one to one Coaching Services for both Runners and for people seeking help with General Fitness. As you can imagine, in order to comply with current Government guidelines, there will be some modifications to the format of services that I can offer. But if you are in need of some motivation to help with your running or fitness, then read on immediately…

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2019 The Story Continues. A Pace.

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.

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6 of 6 Crashed and [Wo]Burned

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 ??

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Race 4 of 6 : The Calfman

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…

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3 of 6 London Triathlon – Lesson Learned

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…


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Calfman – like the clappers?

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?

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