Mallorca: training & Ironman 70.3


May 20th, 2014 by



In mid May Ali was racing the Mallorca 70.3 and after my race in Elche I was keen to knuckle down with a good block of hard training. Luckily I was able to combine both my training and supporting requirements (!) by virtue of a training trip to C’an Picafort on the Mallorcan north coast. I flew directly from Alicante to Palma – a mere 50min hop – and had 12 days on the island before Ali flew in for the event on May the 10th.

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I hadn’t been to Mallorca since 2002 when we last had a Scottish Junior training trip. A long time ago! I had vague memories and had heard plenty over the years from friends, but I was looking forward to exploring the area for myself. I had high expectations and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Read on …

Elche Half Ironman, Spain


May 20th, 2014 by



3rd place – 4:06:38

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My racing season got properly started with my first triathlon of the year – the Triatlon de Elche at the end of April. I raced here last year and really enjoyed the event, so was pleased to be returning this year. Unfortunately Ali got a pesky sickness bug the night before we were flying and I had to head on down to Alicante without her. It was just a flying ‘fiddler’s elbow’ kind of visit (in and out) but it all worked out pretty well. Especially since I didn’t catch said bug! There was also a large contingent from Stirling Tri on sight in various stages of holiday mode, so it made for a relaxed way to begin the serious business of racing for the year. Read on …

Easter weekend in Nice


May 20th, 2014 by



For the Easter long weekend last month Ali and I spent our time in the south of France with Richard & Jenny from her Freespeed team. We mostly were having a look at the Ironman France bike route as Ali will race the event at the end of June. It was a great part of the world and we had 4 or 5 days of exploring fantastic cycling terrain in the hills behind the city of Nice.

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On our first day cycling we rode up a famous local climb which isn’t actually included in the Ironman route - Col du Vence - with some sporting royalty, and certainly not someone who I would have expect to see on a bike, not least on such a severe gradient! However, we did indeed spend Easter Sunday morning riding with Martin Johnson. – He who captained England to Rugby World Cup glory and perhaps even more impressive in my book (given we were cycling uphill!) - who weighs in at over 17 stones! He was a fascinating person and I really enjoyed meeting him. Read on …