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So far this season has been different for me from last where I qualified for Team GB for the first time.  I have done 2 race qualifiers and run badly in both of them. I did look for excuses to start with; race 1 an 8 hour drive to get there […]

Dealing with Disappointment


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!


For most of us we hate the thought of testing. In a sporting context it can be even worse, not only may I do badly but it’s probably going to hurt doing it.  The thing is without it you don’t know how your training is progressing. If you can get […]

SOME BENCHMARKING DONE



It is well documented the benefits of some off road work during the winter though I have never done it, mainly because I don’t (think I) like it. Whilst looking for some motivation I came across the Bowhill Duathlon series.  It progresses from a 20min bike + 20m run to 40min […]

TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT