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 …

Significant Gains – Part One – Balancing Aerodynamics with Power

Brailsford’s “marginal gains” is perhaps an over-used term, but the two aspects covered in this 2-part blog would arguably be more in the “significant gains” category. When it comes to cycling, there are two broad areas to focus on when you’re looking to take seconds or even minutes off your race time: Equipment and fitness. Let’s start with the kit… …

When should I begin training again post marathon? My legs feel fine…

So we’ve all been there…just run a marathon, sore for a couple of days but then the nagging in the back of our head, ‘You will lose fitness’, ‘You will put on weight’, so you put on your trainers after just a few days rest, and it feels OK… but then. Two weeks later you feel awful, you get ill …

Stop Chatting, You’re Wasting Time! The Gower 50 Ultra 2015

What do you when you narrowly avoid being hit by a car, end up in hospital with your knee cut wide open, with a 16 week lay-off? Enter an ultra of course 🙂 The year started badly…The return of my childhood asthma side lined me for most of January and February, I had to pull out of The Grizzly while …

Chicago World Triathlon Championships 2015!

It all started in 2012! The Brownlee’s impressive performances at the London Olympics, reignited my passion for triathlon after an eight year break. My fourth return from competitive sport soon followed in 2013 (I’m on a par with George Forman for come-backs!). So it all began with a 4km-400km-40km triathlon challenge for my 40th birthday, then dabbling in local races, …

Who’d have thought that good old milk is the answer!

Wheel of emotion

What a great trip down into ‘hobbitses land’ as my coaching mentor calls it! The annual SWEN (South West Endurance Network) Coaching Conference in Barnstaple was a feast for the coaching mind. The day began with a brilliant overview of the athlete mind by Amanda Wilding. The outstanding message was that we as coaches need to help our athletes through …