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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


“Getting through Christmas” makes it sound like a chore when really it shouldn’t be. For most of us it is probably a 10 day holiday so even if you did absolutely nothing you aren’t going to lose a huge amount of fitness you may have built up already.  Though if […]

“GETTING THROUGH CHRISTMAS”



We all get caught in doing things the same way and assuming our way is best out of habit. This week I had a reminder of this from watching my 10 year old son empty a dishwasher! It is something he rarely does but I happened to be sitting watching […]

A VALUABLE LESSON


Well that hurt!  ………and for about 4 days……….and that is just the short one The weather had decided to turn the day before and it was driving wind and run as we arrived at Bowhill Estate near Selkirk. I went to register and asked where the changing area was.  With […]

BOWHILL DUATHLON (SHORT) DONE


As a triathlete I of course like new kit and trying different things.  I had decided this year I would invest in a new wetsuit and move away from my entry level one I have used previously. Being in the UK there are a couple of established brands I had […]

MY NEW ROKA WETSUIT



On Saturday I did my first cross country race.  It was the Edinburgh Uni Braids 10km. I knew when I entered I would be no where near the front but it was a good opportunity to push a bit harder in a training run. As most of the field were […]

WHEN IT DOESN’T GO TO PLAN!