Ironman UK was my second branded Ironman event (after Ironman Wales last year) and my second shot at the long-term goal of making it to the World Championship in Kona Hawaii. The course is one of the slowest on the Ironman circuit (although not as tough as Wales) with lumpy bike and run courses. I was racing with my Windmilers club friend Lee, who had agreed to take part after a few pints in the pub one evening. Continue reading “IRONMAN UK 2017”
When I got into triathlon 5 years ago, I read about Ironman and the Kona qualification system. Pretty soon, it became a long-term ambition of mine to qualify for Kona. With a little background research on the typical race times required to qualify and with a large dose of optimistic thinking, I was sure that it would be possible if I worked hard enough for it. Continue reading “KONA QUALIFICATION”
10 hours in Tenby
Ironman Wales has a reputation for being one of the most challenging of the global branded Ironman races. The 3.8k sea swim is often choppy, the undulating 179k bike course has 2500m elevation gain and some technical descents and the marathon run has a further 500m elevation gain and descent with long sections on the twisty, cobbled streets of Tenby. If that’s not enough of a challenge, the first swim-to-bike transition consists of staggering up a steep ramp from the beach and running an additional 1km through the centre of Tenby before collecting your bike. There’s nowhere to hide throughout this race. Continue reading “IRONMAN WALES 2016”
This weekend didn’t go as I had planned… Continue reading “CRASHING OUT”
For the third consecutive year, I raced Outlaw Half Triathlon in Nottinghamshire. Entries for the event sold-out in less than two minutes when the race went on sale last August and both my brother and I were lucky to bag entries for this 1900m swim, 91km bike and 21.1km run (half-ironman distance) triathlon. Continue reading “OUTLAW HALF TRIATHLON 2016 RACE REPORT”
I had qualified for the 2016 Sprint Distance European Duathlon Championship at Clumber Duathlon in March 2015. The opportunity to buy a GB trisuit and represent my country was too good to resist. I had qualified for the European maths challenge when I was around 12 years old, but for some reason that didn’t get me much kudos from friends at the time and I didn’t get any GB stash (not even a Team GB calculator!?).
The Velopark Duathlon events are great little races. These duathlons usually comprise a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike and 1 mile run on the 1-mile long road circuit on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (adjacent to the velodrome) in Stratford, east London.