After being bitten by the SwimRun bug, I found myself on another race! This time would be a bit different.https://www.riverthlon.at For a start the format was different to my first two events... you had to carry everything - just like other SwimRuns... but... This meant swimming with shoes on (or going barefoot)... with nothing to … Continue reading Riverthlon Swim Run Waidhofen/Ybbs
After a nice introduction to Swimrun at Backwaterman, I decided to give an Ötillö event a go. Unable to find a partner for the full distance, I entered the Sprint solo race. My expectation was to be racing against a larger field of athletes and get a better idea if this sport was for me. … Continue reading Ötillö Sprint Engadin
2020 was going to be the year I finally got a little faster and maybe on a good day, with some luck, got a good age group result... maybe the chance to go to Kona. As with everyone, Covid changed everything. Tight lockdown in mid-March and races cancelled or rescheduled. The swimming pools closed and … Continue reading SwimRun… First experience
I have been fortunate to find myself in what is sometimes know as a flow state during my training. This doesn’t happen every time... but maybe once or twice a week. I have read the books on „Zen“ running, but never found a good way to trigger this feeling. For me, this is not when … Continue reading Flow
I love running in the winter... it's a great time to get out and see the landscape at its finest. However it's also really easy to get it wrong and be downright miserable! Here's my top 10... Amazing run up to a local Alm... The gear photos show old kit/versions because I have been using … Continue reading Winter Running – 10 things to get right!
After years of endurance sports learned from books and one year of online tri coaching, this year I decided that it was time to get a real coach. This years warm up half ironman start in St Pölten Getting started I had no idea what this would involve, with my only reference being 1980’s PE … Continue reading Training with a Coach
I intentionally didn’t call this post "balancing Tri & life". Mainly because I do not think it’s possible to balance your life perfectly.... and it suggests that there are not trade offs. For me, blending bringing up my kids, working full time, being a loving partner, brother, son and friend with IM training is a … Continue reading Top 10 Tips – Merging Tri and Life as an age grouper
After racing on my canyon wheels this year....thought I would share my experience...Lots of people have asked me about the Canyon... so here goes... Choosing and buyingAfter racing in 2018 on my cube road bike + aero bars, I decided that I wanted to go a bit faster... and the obvious step was a TT … Continue reading 2019 Ironman season on a Canyon!
As the off-season is over and I am getting through some serious training hours, I thought it would be good to list some other stuff I am getting done. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive list... more the stuff I have forgotten in the past. 1. Arranging race accommodation When I raced HIM Slovenia … Continue reading 5 things I am getting done just now…
It’s cold and dark, it's a long time to any race... and the last thing I feel like doing is training! First snow in the valley this year The Christmas markets and mulled wine have more appeal than a brick session. I know it's the off season... but it all seems to be slipping away! … Continue reading Off Season Motivation – 5 tips
I read that to get though tough times on a race, you should be really clear on your “why”... I thought that I would examine the question this off-season... and the answer surprised me. Reaching Roth with 220km+ already in my body... and mind tricks needed to get home... What I thought the answer was... … Continue reading What’s your Why?
As winter closes in here in the Alps, I was looking for ways to extend my training season outside. My TT bike is already parked on the turbo and the road bike is getting less used. I already own a mountain bike, however its pretty much a bike for kicking around with, and I never … Continue reading Gravel / Canyon / Grail – First Impressions!