Reset: The October Stoke…

20 10 2012

I would opine I didn’t have a very good season. I had a couple of good results in sprints along the way, but UK70.3 kicked my ass, and the attempt at riding London to Paris <24 hours took over 25 hours. I could blame the weather, in different ways, for both of these but also my heart and my head have not really been in it this season. Read the rest of this entry »


UK IronMan 70.3 – a (not so) brief guide…

7 06 2012

I am in no way an expert triathlete, I’m pretty average, so I’ve avoided giving specific race advice because it’s your race and should be based on your training. If you want to know something in particular, put a comment at the bottom, or drop me a message through the “contact me” page. Read the rest of this entry »

My first IronMan, by Iain MacNaughtan aged 28 ½

9 02 2012

I wrote this quite a while ago, but sort of forgot about it. Here it is, 3,470 words about my first IronMan, at IM UK in Bolton; it’ll probably take you as long to read it as it took me to do it, but there’s an exciting twist at the end so it’s worth reading just for that…

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It’s starting to look a lot like a season…

26 01 2012

So, slowly but surely, I’m developing what could loosely be called a Season Plan.

 Until recently it was looking quite different to the last couple, there wasn’t much running in it at all, but slowly things are creeping in that might just change that.  Read the rest of this entry »

I feel lost

21 11 2011
I wrote this a few weeks ago, I was feeling really down about the whole training thing… but it’s improving. I wasn’t going to post this, but felt that I should as the main point of this is a log of what I’ve done, how I’ve felt and all that jazz… I hope to occasionally be helpfull, and so hopefully this will help someone. This loss of training momentum has also been the reason for the loss of postings on here.

I don’t know what to do anymore. I should be training, but I don’t have the motivation and the desire to do it at the moment.

I’m also injured; I have “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome” which is what I always referred to as Shin Splints in the past.

The following is ridiculously self pitying, but I think to write it down will be quite cathartic. With that in mind, you might not want to bother reading it, and perhaps go to a website dedicated to Halloween costumes for dogs, they’re worrying and amusing.

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The IronMan Cometh…

28 07 2011

I’ve not written on here for a while; I’ve been trying not to think too much about the IronMan, I’ve been trying not to be whelmed by it. I’ve succeeded some times, I’ve failed at others; I’ve had weird dreams where I’ve missed swim starts and others I’ve woken up falling off my bike.

It’s been a long journey, but the time is coming; soon I will take part in my first IronMan.

In early 2007 Triathlon had been in the back of my mind for a little while, when a girl in a queue for a nightclub seemed impressed that I “did” triathlon it wasn’t long before I entered my first sprint and was in awe of even the idea of an IronMan. Each part of it seems like a pretty big undertaking:

  • 2.4 mile swim (equal to 152 lengths of a pool, but in a lake, with about 1,800 other people)
  • 112 mile bike ride
  • 26.2 mile run

No breaks, just change of footwear/headwear and from one to the next.

 The world record stands at 7:41. The cut off time is 17 hours. I intend to be somewhere between them.

My Argon-18 E-114 with some borrowed wheels, which I sadly won't be using because they don't fit 😦

 The plan is to paddle, pedal and plod. Enjoy the good bits, and remember in the bad bits that “this too will pass”.

 How do I feel?

I’ve missed most of the last week and a half’s training, I’ve had a cold, Man-Flu some would call it, but feeling really light headed and nauseous in any significant efforts – climbing the stairs has been about my limit. So I would summarise how I feel with:

  • Fat
  • Tired
  • Snotty
  • Underprepared

But I’ve read several times that it’s better to turn up for a race under trained than over-trained, and I certainly don’t feel over-trained!

How should the day pan out?

The perfect day would be a 1:10 swim, a 6:59 bike and a 3:49 run, just sneaking under the 12 hour mark. First time out I think I’d be pretty pleased with just completing it… though I know I expect more from myself than just completing it.

First Race of the Season – and a Return to Sprints!

5 05 2011

“How can an event be called a sprint if it takes an hour?”
A very valid question.

How My Day Started
At 0400 my alarm went off, and I hit snooze.Snooze! (Image from Preparedness Pro)

At 0405 my alarm went off, and I hit snooze.
Do you see a pattern yet?
I did, eventually, get out of bed at 0415 and realise that I was now running behind schedule.

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