Recovery: why does it take so long? Part 1

Massage clients and members of WADAC (Winchester & District AC, where I’m a coach) will know that I’m very keen on recovery – enough of it and the right kind.

Many a WADAC runner has been told off (sorry chaps!) for turning up to a club track session too soon after running a race hard. 

Ironman nutrition update: I might have got it right at last

A huge part of ironman racing – or any ultra endurance event – is nutrition.  If you can’t fuel yourself properly during the race either you won’t complete it or you’ll be in a bad way once you do finish.  Unfortunately, despite doing all the ‘right’ things during training for all three of the iron distance events I’ve done, 

Post-race recovery – don’t rush it

I’ve talked about post-race recovery before, and how important it is not to rush it if we’re to avoid over-training problems.

At the moment, one week on from The Outlaw, my biggest problem is now not to continue to eat huge amounts as if I was still training 20 hours a week…


If only all races could be like this… Ironman 70.3 Majorca

It’s O-6 (Outlaw minus 6 days) and I’m trying to remain calm and relaxed in the run up to the Outlaw iron distance tri this coming Sunday.  One of the things I find useful is to think back over all the training and races I’ve done in the build up, to help cement in my mind how much work I’ve done to get me to this point. 

Taper time… the countdown to Outlaw 2012

Well it’s ten days to Outlaw – my iron-distance  A-race this year.  In some ways the time’s gone quickly (I’ve been training specifically since new year) yet in others the time has dragged and I feel I’ve been ready to race for a few weeks. If I’m honest, I have even felt a little bit bored with it all at times.

Feeling lucky…

I came off my bike on Sunday.

It was 60 miles into a 75 mile sportive. I was going slowish, on the flat, and luckly no one around me, either on a bike or in a vehicle.  I caught a pothole at the edge of the road (I think). I don’t know if I managed to try to do anything about it or not because I was on the ground so quickly I don’t even remember falling.

More lessons from Lanzarote – peaking and getting greedy

On the training camp we had a couple of lecture/Q&A sessions. One focussed on periodisation and peaking properly for a handful of specific targetted races during the year rather than bumbling along without any focus, never really switching off the effort but also never really giving one or two races your full attention to get a really cracking result.

Learnings from Lanzarote – the power of the mind

I had to work bloody hard on the bike in Lanzarote, which was really good for me. I think to be a good cyclist you need to like pain – or at least to be able to hurt yourself for extended periods of time. And I don’t do pain.

But I’ve been doing Audiofuel’s Chrissie Wellington bike work outs recently.

Back from Lanzarote – ready for more work!

I’ve just returned from a training camp in Lanzarote. Organised by Ian Corless of RunWildRunFree and Martin Yelling of Yelling Performance, it was a friendly, small-scale camp for runners and triathletes of all levels, based at the famous Club La Santa.

One thing that made it particularly good this year (apart from the hotter weather which meant lounging round the pool was an option to even out the silly tan lines) was that loads of people that were there last year returned this year which gave it an even more holiday-like feel.