IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 7

Into the final two big weeks of training before tapering slightly into a tune-up race on 20th June at Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon then two weeks proper taper into Ironman UK on July 4th. As mentioned in my IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 6 post, I will split these last two weeks out into one blog then the taper weeks on another. In week twenty one … Continue reading IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 7

IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 6

For the first 3 months of this training journey initially towards Challenge Roth but now Ironman UK, the focus had been on bike strength and endurance. I knew from the offset that swimming wasn’t going to happen for a good few months and running was massively hampered by the knee tendonitis recovery. In the second half of my IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 5 update, … Continue reading IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 6

VELO29 TOUR OF THE PEAK SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

Over the past 6 weeks, I have used four Velo29 sportives as part of my bike training for Ironman UK 2021. The Velo29 Tour of the Peak sportive was the fourth and biggest of these, coming in at 116 miles and 14,160ft of climbing. I began with the Manchester-Sheffield sportive 6 weeks ago, this was 102 miles with 12,100ft of climbing. That was the highest … Continue reading VELO29 TOUR OF THE PEAK SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

VELO29 DAFFODILS SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

The Daffodils sportive was the third of four Velo29 sportives I signed up for this April and May, to use as part of my bike training for the upcoming Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon in June and more so for Ironman UK in July. In April I completed the 102 mile Manchester-Sheffield-Manchester sportive and 104 mile Tour of Lancashire sportive. I signed up for the long route … Continue reading VELO29 DAFFODILS SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

VELO29 TOUR OF LANCASHIRE SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

This was my second sportive this year after doing the Velo29 Manchester-Sheffield-Manchester sportive 2 weeks ago. Like the Manchester-Sheffield sportive, Velo29 were again offering a short route (41 miles), a medium route (70 miles) and a long route (103 miles) for the Tour of Lancashire. This sportive was the second of four that I am using as part of my Ironman UK bike training. I … Continue reading VELO29 TOUR OF LANCASHIRE SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

VELO29 MANCHESTER-SHEFFIELD-MANCHESTER SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

This was the first UK cycle sportive to roll out in 2021 following the relaxation of the COVID restrictions and my first cycle sportive since Ride London-Surrey 100 in August 2019. Velo29 were offering three distances for this event. A short route at 37 miles, a medium route at 79 miles and a long route at 101 miles. All three routes start and finish in … Continue reading VELO29 MANCHESTER-SHEFFIELD-MANCHESTER SPORTIVE 2021 RECAP

IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 4

A quick recap from IRONMAN SEASON 4 PART 3….. No swimming again as the pools are still closed, the running went from 2 mile runs up to a 20 mile week and generally felt ok but the knee still is not 100% pain-free. The bike is continuing to progress, building power and strength whilst extending out some longer endurance rides. The biggest improvement was seen … Continue reading IRONMAN – SEASON 4 PART 4

INJURY UPDATE – 5 MONTHS ON

Today marks 5 months since I declared myself an injured runner on the 18th October 2020 following the completion of the Virtual New York City Marathon. That statement alone tells you that I waited until completing a marathon before saying enough was enough. In fact, I had the pain at the end of August and continued to train as it “didn’t feel that bad”, I … Continue reading INJURY UPDATE – 5 MONTHS ON