Elche Half Ironman, Spain

May 20th, 2014 by

3rd place – 4:06:38


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.


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 …

2014 begins: Scottish Duathlon Championships

April 3rd, 2014 by

1st place – 1:53:32


The end of September was a serious stretch of time ago, and yet that was the last time I raced an event. The year started in a familiar fashion, with a useful stint in my home from home over the years – Aguilas, Spain. I had a further training trip to the Canary Isles, spending some time on both Lanzarote and Fuertaventura which went perfectly well save for me getting a little too aquainted with the tarmac during a run. – I stupidly tripped over my very own feet and did a Superman dive, giving me some frustratingly nasty cuts to my hands and an achey shoulder for my troubles. It could’ve been worse though; no broken bones.

With that behind me, I looked forward to starting the year off with a race at home here in Stirling – the Scottish Duathlon Championships over a 10/40/5k non draft format hosted by Stirling Tri Club. It’s a superb event; extremely well organised and complete with a friendly and supportive atmosphere – give it a try next year!

Read on …