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June 20, 2017

1st place - 5 hrs 20.26 

I had ventured off to France for a last training block before the European 70.3 championships but as you may have read in my previous blog, I came rather unstuck, and was out-of-action for almost 2 weeks. I ticked over, but that was all I was capable of until the hormone explosion dissipated and I returned to my chilled-out and fully-functioning self. Valuable life-lessons learned.

So, what to do now? Twas but a...

June 8, 2017

An athlete's view.

The monthly cycle is something that is always on my mind as an athlete. Perhaps it's an awareness thing, and I wasn't so in-tune before, but for a couple of days every single month I definitely see a shift in my mood and a decline in my performance.

Now, should a race or a big training session clash around the two days of the month where I am due, it's almost impossible to hit targets. My core...

May 31, 2017

What better way is there to spend your Sunday lunchtime encased in a world of pain for an hour or more?

To be honest, other than Yorkshire puddings and roasties, I'm sure you'll agree not much beats a Sprint Triathlon (right?)

Southend-on-Sea provided a great location for the first Sundried Triathlon. The town really welcomed the event and a whopping 2500 people came out to support the 300 athletes, many of whom were competing in their f...

April 2, 2017

Aged 11, I was given a bowl cut, some daps, a shiny purple and green shell-suit coat, and a shapeless pleated skirt. I was then sent off for my first day of secondary school.

I came home, played Lego with my sisters, and did a 1km run time trial around the block. 3.25. Not bad.

Looking on point aged 13

When other kids started hanging  around in Wembdon Park on Friday nights, I went swimming. I may not have done much swimming, (sadly there...

March 29, 2017

As featured on Tri247

“Great. A triathlon in mainland Portugal. I’ll do that.” A quick search for Madeira airport sent me way off to a Portuguese dot in the Atlantic ocean. Geography has never been my strong point.

But, with cheap direct flights from Gatwick, it was a very easy trip to the remote Madeira Island.

And what a scene to behold upon arrival. Madeira is as green and hilly as Scotland, but warmer, with dramatic coastlines and vas...

March 4, 2017

 - A secret insight into one of the world's leading triathlon squads.

Touchdown in Spain. Sunlight - check. Warmth - check. Training friends - check. Now this is the life! A solid two week block was on the menu: much needed after a winter of toil in the 'boring basement of dreams' at home in the U.K. 

My connection with Team Dillon grew very naturally; sealed mainly by a mutual love of post-race wine and magic shows. Yes, when not traini...

February 1, 2017

NDW 100 miles in 2012 - 40 miles in. Decided to buddy up with the attractive man!

Post first published in conjunction with Entry Central.

I was sitting around the table with my housemates on Saturday night, having my one glass of wine before they went on their proper night out, leaving me to my solitude and 10pm bedtime.

As the drinks flowed, conversation became more animated. “Name one of the most ridiculous things you’ve ever done,” sai...

December 18, 2016

4 key principles I have adopted this year that have made me a better athlete.

1. Disassociation - or not being emosh

Not a conscious decision, but something I've noticed has happened as I've got older. If I have a bad session, it's forgotten about immediately, aside from a quick report back to coach. 

When I was younger I used to dwell. Training's training. It should not contain emotion and certainly not afterwards. Some sessions are good...

December 13, 2016

Seventh - I'll take that in a championship race in winter! With $100,000 in the prize purse and pay cheques for the top-10 (and I believe every one of the top 10 has won an Ironman event before), it was very competitive. Every minute a pro woman ran through the finish chute at the end, so it was a relatively tight affair (as I thought it might be). Whilst perhaps not every second counted, you certainly couldn't afford a mechanical or a...

October 7, 2016

Our picture diary of a highly productive morning spent at the Department of Endurance, Fulham.

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