Tim & Kelly Don!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Yesterday Tim and Kelly were married at a beautiful wine estate called the Grande Provence just outside of Franschoek, which is a stones throw from Stellenbosch here in South Africa. It was a fantastic day, set in a stunning venue and thankfully the weather was just ‘one of those days’ you couldn’t wish to change. […]

Triathlete’s World Front cover

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Gavin just got back from the shops at home in Stirling ….. and he emailed me this picture! Very cool – my second magazine front cover, after a mountain biking shot taken at Xterra UK (which became a duathlon!) back in September 2006. This shot was taken in South Africa whilst I was training in Stellenbosch. I […]

Adaptation

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I got up this morning for swimming to a view out of the window which showed white white white; the snow was here once again. I didn’t get out on the mtb, and neither did Blair (today), but he did the other week when the snow was last on the ground. – A bit of a difference to the […]

The South African experience is drawing to a close.

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The South African experience is drawing to a close. This time next week it will be ‘this way to depatures’.

Tourists in Cape Town…..

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I dropped Blair off at the airport early this morning for his flight home. He had 3 weeks here, got a load of riding in, mostly on his mtb (but he did join us for the 4 Passes last Friday) and most importantly of course – he got a tan; effectively his freckle all joined up. […]

Compression by SLS3

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I have been making very good use of my compression socks during the past 10 days….. which is exactly how long I have had some out here in Stellenbosch, since I forgot to bring my own when I flew initially.

Stelly training week 08/09

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

The last week, which spanned last year and this new one, has been solid. It had to be, given the week off I had whilst spending Christmas away plus the extra enforced lay off due to mangled big toes…..

The legendary ‘4 Passes’ ride

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Caught in the act ….. that there on my lap is a pie. A chicken pie. I think if nothing else, South Africa has an affinity with Scotland in its love for the Pie. The things is I would never usually eat a pie at home.  Funny really that when I ride the 4 Passes route – all 128 […]

The wisdom of Gav

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Although Gavin Noble and I have been living and training out of Stirling for a lot of collective years, we tend not to manage to train together that often due to our different racing schedules. Gav decided to travel to Stellenbosch with his mountain bike this month, so we have mostly only been logging the run miles together (him […]

So far this week in Stellenbosch:

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

– I’ve seen my first South African spider – a Rain Spider I am told. I don’t really mind what it’s called, it just means i won’t go anywhere near the bathroom for the rest of the day!!

Winding back up for South Africa

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

My downtime has all but reached its endpoint; I have been home in Stirling for nearly 2 weeks and in 2 more days I will boarding a BA flight to Cape Town, so that I can spend the next 3 months in Stellenbosch… I’m a lucky person.