Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hawaii Blog Day 4: Haleakala Summit

I promise this blog will become more triathlon-centred in a few days – bear with me! The eastern half of Maui, the Haleakala volcano, is mostly National Park. The volcano itself last erupted about 400 years ago, but in geological terms, that’s not all that long. It’s claim to fame is as the world’s largest dormant volcano, with a footprint …

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Hawaii Blog Day 3: The Road to Hana

In a way, the central, narrower section of Maui is a valley. To the east you have Pu’u Kukui and the Eke Crater, to the west the towering Pu’u’ula’ul (allegedly the tallest inactive volcano in the world). But for a lot of the past two days, neither has been visible, both shrouded in cloud, only occasionally split at the top …

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Pre-Kona Interview

Two of the team are off to Kona again – both for their second trips, both having also raced in 2013. We wondered how they got to this spot again and how they’re feeling about Round 2 of The Big Dance. How and where did you qualify for Kona? David: I qualified at Ironman Wales in September 2014. I’d just …

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Hawaii Blog Days 1-2

No-one really wants to read a travel blog. That is, a blog simply about the act of travel. I’m pretty sure if you’ve ever sat on a plane for 9+ hours, you can imagine what it feels like to fly to Hawaii, with the possible exception of the added excitement if you’re going to race in Kona. So I’ll spare …

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Triathlon Vitoria-Gasteiz 2015 – Half IM

I don’t tend to write race reports on half distance races as they are never really the ‘A’ race of the season but this one was a little different. I was covering the race on behalf of Triathlete Europe but also racing to check it out from a competitor’s perspective. I love to travel to races but have never raced …

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Wild Boar Middle Distance Race Report

With Austria now 10 weeks behind me and Kona a mere 5 weeks away, another race seemed like a good idea. The chance for a win this season was too tempting to pass up on, so it was off to sunny Leicestershire for the Wild Boar Middle Distance, a small, friendly, multi-lap race in Market Bosworth. Although the calendar has …

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Day  7 – Cortina to Venice

The final chukka.  It’s come around pretty quick in that you don’t get a whole bunch of time to yourself (St Moritz porn flick aside) it’s pretty much get up, eat, pack, put bag in the lobby, cycle to the start, cycle to the finish, eat, shower, massage, find hotel, pasta or pizza, gelato, blog, sleep, repeat – need a …

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Day Six from somewhere to Cortina

After yesterday’s mini explosion I was a little concerned to see how I’d bounce back.  Felt a bit tired for the first time and… That’s about where I feel asleep at the end of Day Six.  So playing catch with the blog up now.  Weather forecast wasn’t great but there was a more sedate start to the day.  First couple …

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Stage Five – somewhere to somewhere else

As you can see by the title it’s all blurring a bit into one at the present.  There’s a fckload of hills, a plate of pasta and a hotel at the end of it. Hautelife.  No complaints but as Gordo Byrn apparently puts it we are showing signs of the appropriate response to the training load. Before I start an …

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Day Four – The Stelvio Tack On

Day Four.  For me the big one.  The Stelvio – right up there on my bucket list of climbs and then at the briefing they made the call to flag the Stelvio as there was a storm brewing and snow was forecast. So we all know I don’t really adapt (or should that read prepare) for the cold very well …

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