Yearly archives: 2016


I recently had an athlete complete his first Ironman.  He is 18 and was the youngest competitor at IM Zurich.  You can read his story hear http://www.edinburgh3.com/andrews-ironman-switzerland/ and it is worth doing so in relation to this post. Lots of people have great ambitions in what they would like to […]

Why have a Coach


….Well probably not what most people what describe as unfit but I have definitely dropped off. I did the Scottish Sprint Championship at the weekend and had one of my worst feeling runs of the year.  Since getting my qualifying place I have switched off.  This is more of a […]

AAH I’VE GOT UNFIT…




I’m delighted to be able to say I have automatically qualified after coming 3rd in my age group at Strathclyde this weekend.  It came on the back of a challenging 2 weeks though.  This single post had intended to be 2 posts (one for each race) but due to results […]

4% FOUND


Well after getting my first DNF I now have 2 though this time from  my own stupidity! After doing a bike crit race I moved my Stages crank from my road bike to my TT bike.  Whilst doing it I also changed the wheels and redid the gear restrictions on […]

DO THE BASICS


I had my first DNF for an event at Kinross Sportive this weekend.  I have felt bad in events before but have always got to the finish line, even if it has meant ending up in a hospital tent on occasion.  I have always kept the thought of this is […]

DEALING WITH FAILURE



I was recently having a discussion with one of my club athletes who has come from a non swimming background.  She is determined to do a triathlon this year and has been quietly working away on her swimming outwith club sessions. As it happens she also swims where I train […]

TECHNIQUE V FITNESS


S&C training is something I promote to all the athletes I coach yet it is the first thing I let slip in my own schedule.  I started last year with good intentions and never did what I wanted.  As I wanted to improve my run off the bike this year […]

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING TRAINING


I did a detailed race report after the first Bowhill Duathlon (the short one) and said i was worried about the rest.  As it turned out I was right to be.  It seems silly to say they got harder but they did. The medium race was OK.  The bike course […]

FINISHING THE WINTER DUATHLON SERIES



So it has been a long time since I posted.  Why?  Because of life’s priorities. I am not a pro athlete and in between family, my job, my training and coaching unfortunately writing the blog got dropped for a while.  I am now going to have a bit of a […]

PRIORITIES