March 22nd, 2013 - 6:40 pm § in Triathlon

Athleteservice training Camp – Portugal March 2013

So nice to be in Portugal – a rehab camp for me with some lovely friends who are helping me fix myself up !

I am working with coach Filipe Salbany and  Laurence Plant – Back in Line, Henley, Chiropractor. The road to recovery is slow both physically and mentally but the plan in there and I have great confidence that I will be back. Laurence has reassured me I am in for an “oil change”  –  it doesn’t feel like F1 speed because I have given him and Filipe a heap to sort out  – but I am sure we’ll get there and I do have the best team on side to make me better for the future.

To have a break and get things moving on I have joined Filipe’s Athlete Service camp, in Portugal for a winter camp. The guys who are new friends to me are training for some long course events.  I am at a very low end of the spectrum doing technical swims and short bike rides.  I am doing nothing compared to what I normally do its all about building core strength and rehabilitation so I am watching the comings and goings from afar ! I notice my colleagues on the camps sharing their power outputs, the stuff I normally do.  My limits are exceptionally low at the moment, but Laurence, Filipe & various medics I have sought help from have told me not to panic people have had to endure worse –  but my goodness me I am not good at this stuff !! Its nice however to see everyone having fun and planning their years. For once I don’t have a plan so we’ll just have to see.

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November 28th, 2012 - 10:14 am § in Triathlon

Ironman Cozumel 2012 – Mike is an Ironman!

Unexpectedly Mike decided to take up his entry to Ironman Cozumel race. Once I decided I wasn’t doing it through injury and incidents he thought he may as well take his bike and do it as he had an entry. So it was a plan hatched at the last minute. [see my build up blog below for more...] [[...]

November 25th, 2012 - 2:06 am § in Triathlon

Ironman Cozumel Mexico 2012 – Reflections on the year past

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October 28th, 2011 - 4:07 am § in Triathlon

Ford Ironman World Championships, 10 hrs 27m

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October 5th, 2011 - 6:38 am § in Triathlon

Ford Ironman World Championships 4 days to go

After a week of acclimitisation training we are wagons roll. Today after swimming we registered and picked up our race packs and signed on at the Athletes wall. 110,000 Athletes have attempted to qualify at 30 Gloabl Ironam events, with the top 1700 making it. There are 500 women and 90 in my catego[...]

September 30th, 2011 - 1:11 am § in Triathlon

Ford Ironman World Championships, 10 days ago

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August 31st, 2011 - 3:48 am § in Triathlon

Ford Ironman World Championships, 6 weeks and counting

A year on from ITU Budapest World Age group Championship. Exactly a year ago tonight I was in my appartment in Budapest hoping and preparing for a Golden double in the Aquathlon and Olympic Distance 40-44yrs, which I am so proud of achieving [still!]. I can’t believe that this time last ye[...]