Combatting Fears and Fixing Mistakes – Brecon Beacons Ultra 2016

I have battled a lot with my head the last few months, after training so hard for the SVP100km, starting so well in the lead, only to lose the race through a single simple error. What do you do after an event like that? How do you get over it? How do you fix those demons telling you to quit? …

SVP 100km – Getting Lost, Scratched and Very Thirsty

  Two weeks on from the Stour Valley Path 100km (SVP100), and I now feel ready to write a report that’s not incredibly negative. I have battled with my huge error in this race, but am now hopefully moving on from the ‘what might have been’ to ‘how do I push this forwards now’. Hopefully this recall of the events …

Ironman Bolton 2016 – “Alex Ralton – You are an IronMan”

  After nearly a year’s worth of training the 17th July 2016, the IronMan UK event at Bolton, rushed over the horizon to meet my fellow Chippenham Tri entrants Mike Bright and Jim Hutchenson with open arms to them and what felt to me to be a kick in my solar plexus. For almost all of the 48 hours until …

5 Ways to Fit Training into Life – Morning Runs

  Chris and I are asked so many times, so how do you fit your training in? We have 3 young kids, our twin boys are also young triathletes, swimming 3 times per week, cycling, running, playing football for their club and singing in a boys’ choir. Our daughter does gymnastics, ballet, swims twice per week and plays football too. …

The Jurassic Quarter Ultra Marathon – Power Tears and Steps!

Its May 20th 2016 and I’m sat in my car with Chris at Portland Bill lighthouse, Weymouth. The rain is coming down so hard that the wind screen wipers can’t keep up and we can feel the strength of the wind against the side of the car in the exposed car park. Yes, it’s another ultra-marathon day on the Dorset …

Taper Madness! The art of Carb-Loading and Keeping Sane!

Yeah, the training is basically over, this 2-3 weeks to go till marathon period usually starts with huge elation, mixed with relief that you have made it this far. Then, the reality hits, especially in the final week, with less training, and anxiety about the race, you become a very difficult person to live with or even to be around!! …

Significant Gains – Part 2 – Fitness Testing & Training Smart

This is the second part of my “significant gains” blog. Building on the bike set-up aspects discussed in part one, we now focus on training at the right intensity. While the first part was focussed on the bike, this topic is equally applicable to running, and indeed swimming. As amateur triathletes we all want to maximise the training benefits from …

I’m marathon training! Why do I need to do speed-work?

So the question I’m asked so often, especially this time of the year. Do I need to do speedwork, I’m training for a marathon? The simple answer is, no, of course you don’t need to, if you’ve run some 20 milers, you will get round. However, if you want to hit that start line in top form, most importantly knowing …

Battling Desmond! How to race in a hurricane! – Dorset CTS Ultra Plus 2015

My last race of the year and my season, later than usual due to having a 4 month lay-off March-July from a car induced open knee injury! As I missed Race to the Stones and the Endurance Life CTS Fleet Ultra, I wanted to try to claim my year back by running the Gower 50 and finishing the season with …