Category Archives: Training

There goes 2015

So 2015 is slowly slipping into autumn and what I would loosely describe as a season, has drawn to a conclusion. Now is the time to rest up, take some time out, and set some goals for next year. It is also inexplicably a time when all my clothing appears to shrink. Not sure why that happens, but it is a time of year that I look forward to, and then immediately get depressed about. It is easy to forget your achievements, so I find it cathartic to look back and quantify what I have managed. Continue reading

Essential triathlon training principles


It doesn’t matter what level of athlete you are, beginner, experienced age grouper, or pro; or if you are training for your first sprint race or Ironman title bid; it is how you train that determines how you perform on race day. It doesn’t matter what your goals or expectations are, if you are committing time to train, then it makes sense to get the most out of it; after all, and hour training badly or and hour training well, is still an hour, I know how I would rather spend that hour. Continue reading

The road to Kona

So the plan was to steadily build the training to get back to the level of fitness and ability as I was going into Frankfurt. I was sensible, rested well, slowly increased volume and intensity, and got back to a training schedule. However,  the dawning realisation was that I am actually 46 years old, and whilst I take great pleasure and encouragement from competing with, and dare I say, beating athletes much younger and better looking than me, my body is starting to have a bit of a whinge. Frankfurt was my 6th Ironman in as many years, and in the excitement of heading to Kona, I seemed to have forgotten what I was saying to myself (out loud I hasten to add) during the run in Frankfurt. “This hurts so much, I really think my body needs a rest.” Now I have started getting pains that I haven’t had before, in my knees, add that to my Achilles tendonopathy that I have been managing for the last 2 years, and the hamstring tendonitis that I have been dealing with since last November, it’s time to take a good look at how to make sure I get the best for myself and my family, friends and supporters in Hawaii.
The final straw was on Sunday morning when I went over the handle bars of my bike, spectacularly stupidly, and in front of a large group of lycra clad triathletes. I was going very slowly and landed on my back, completely knocking the wind out of me. After about 10 minutes I tried to ride on but the pain in my back was also matched by the pain in my knee, and for once, I conceded defeat and went home, tail between legs, and wanting to crawl into a ball and cry. Suddenly my perspective has changed from how well I can do, to getting to the start line. So, some enforced rest whilst my bruising calms down, a trip to my good physio friend for an assessment/service, my other mate for some massage therapy, and a slap in the face wake up call. It’s very easy to base your expectations on what you read, or what you think other people’s perceptions are. I’m not new to this, I should know better. The hardest part of Ironman is the journey to the start line, not the finish line. Make sure you have a safe journey.