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Gus's Rather Modest Training Log................
 
Week 11 - 20th March
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run 11.5m 2:42:00

Week 10 - 13th March
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 09 - 6th March
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 33:00 157bpm
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 08 - 27th February
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 38:19 Z4 Intervals
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Bike - turbo 1:07 Z2
Sun:Run - Camp 4 2:17:44 141bpm

Week 08 - 20th February
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Run - 42:41 138bpm
Sat: Bike - turbo 1hr Z2
Sun: Run - Camp 3 2:00:04 140bpm


Week 07 - 13th February
Mon: Bike - turbo 30 mins Z2
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 41:11 139bpm
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 06 - 6th February
Mon: Bike - turbo 50 mins Z2 (new!)
Tues:
Wed: Run - Camp 2 1:26:59 138bpm
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - Camp 2 1:28:26 139bpm
Sun:

Week 05 - 30th January
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: medical test - bike
Thurs: Run - 5.4m 1:13:18 (new LT)
Fri:
Sat: Run - 5.4m approx 1:13 (new LT)
Sun

Week 04 - 23rd January
Mon:
Tues: Bike - turbo 30 mins Z2
Wed: Run - 4.45m 51:30 mins Z2
Thurs: Bike - turbo 30 mins Z2
Fri: Run - 5.4m 1:03:18 Z2
Sat:
Sun

Week 03 - 16th January
Mon:Bike - turbo 30 mins Z2
Tues: Run - 40 mins Z2
Wed: Bike - turbo 30mins Z2
Thurs: Run - 40 mins Z2
Fri: Bike - turbo 30 mins Z2
Sat:
Sun:Run - 4.45m 52 mins Z2

Week 02 - 9th January 2017
Mon: Run - 22 mins
Tues: Bike - turbo 20mins Z2
Wed: Run - 22 mins
Thurs: Bike - turbo 20mins Z2
Fri:
Sat: Run - 22 mins
Sun:

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Week 46 - 14th November 2016
Thurs: Run - 22 mins

Week 45 - 7th November 2016
Thurs: Run - 22 mins

Week 44 - 31st October 2016
Sun: Run - 22 mins

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Week 9 - 23rd February
Mon: Swim - 2000m - 52:30
Tues: Bike - Turbo - Tallac - 01:00
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 8 - 16th February
Mon: Bike - Turbo - Warlow - 01:00
Tues: Run - 4.95 miles 0:54:15
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - Turbo - Carillon - 01:00
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 7 - 9th February
Mon:
Tues: Bike - turbo - Tunnabora - 01:00
Wed: Swim - 2000m - 53m
Thurs: Run - 4.95 miles 1:00:05
Fri: Bike - Turbo - Geiger - 01:00
Sat:
Sun:

Week 6 - 2nd February
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 5 - 26th January 2015
Mon:
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Sat:
Sun:

Week 4 - 19th January 2015
Mon:
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Thurs:
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Sun:

Week 3 - 12th January 2015
Mon:
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Sun:

Week 2 - 5th January 2015
Mon:
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Thurs:
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Sun:

Week 48 - 29th December
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
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Sat:
Sun:

Week 47 - 22nd December
Mon:
Tues:
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Sat:
Sun:

Week 47 - 15th December
Mon:
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Week 46 - 8th December
Mon:
Tues:
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Sun:

Week 45 - 1st December
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: CHALLENGE BAHRAIN
Sun:

Week 44 - 24th November
Mon: Swim - 2000m 0:50:20
Tues: Bike - Turbo - Ericsson 1:00
Wed: Bike - Turbo - Carsson 1:00
Thurs: Run - 4.96m 53:20 151bpm
Fri: Bike - Turbo - Eclipse 1:30
Sat:
Sun:

Week 43 - 17th November
Mon: Bike - Turbo - Goddard 1:00
Tues: Swim - 2000m 0:47:20 (?)
Wed: Bike - Turbo - Monitor 1:00
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - Turbo - Antelope 1:30
Sat:
Sun: Run - 13.2m 2:30:00

Week 43 - 10th November
Mon: Gym - Tread 50m
Tues: Gym - Brick 20/25m
Wed: Gym - Weights
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 42 - 3rd November
Mon: Run - 4.95 miles 0:53:05
Tues: Bike - Turbo - FTP Test=69W
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:51:40
Thurs: Bike - Turbo - Morrison 0:30h
Fri: Bike - Turbo - Mount Field 1:00
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.02m 01:51:08 (hot/flat)

Week 41 - 27th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:49:20
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 40 - 20th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 39 - 13th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 38 - 6th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 37 - 29th September
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 36 - 22nd September
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 2 hill reps
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Wasdale Half Ironman

Week 35 - 15th September
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:16.45
Wed: Run - 8.1m 01:25:25
Thurs: Bike - 27.45m 01:
Fri: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Sat:
Sun:

Week 34 - 8th September
Mon: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:18.07
Wed: Run - 8.1m 01:27:20
Thurs: Bike - 4 hill reps: 32:45
Fri:
Sat: Hill walk
Sun:

Week 33 - 1st September
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:17.45
Wed: Run - 8.1m 01:37
Thurs: Bike - 4 hill reps: 32:20
Fri:
Sat: Run - 11.5m 02:17:45h
Sun:

Week 32 - 25th August
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 31 - 18th August
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 4 hill reps: 34:05
Wed: Run - 4.95 miles 0:51
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 30 - 11th August
Mon: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:19.05
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 4.95 miles 0:50:35
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 29 - 4th August
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:18.05
Wed: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Thurs: Run - 4.95 miles 0:51:25
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 28 - 28th July
Mon: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:17.45
Wed: Run - 4.95 miles 0:53:30
Thurs: Bike - 4 hill reps 0:34:05
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Bike - 27.45m 01:58:55

Week 27 - 21st July
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:22.00
Wed: Run - 4.95 miles 0:54:00
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 26 - 14th July
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 11.5m 02:25:45h 155bpm
Sun:

Week 25 - 7th July
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 24 - 30th June
Mon: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 23 - 23rd June
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 1hr
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 22 - 16th June
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Swim - Loch 3 laps
Sat: Run - 10 miles
Sun:

Week 21 - 9th June
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 20 - 2nd June
Mon: Swim - Loch 2 laps 1500m
Tues: Bike - 4 x Hill reps 35:39
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 19 - 26th May
Mon: Swim - 2500m 01:05:45
Tues: Run - 4.95 miles 0:51:07 163bpm
Wed: Bike - 4 x Hill reps 35:56
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - 20.8m 1:24.00
Sat: Core - gardening!
Sun:

Week 19 - 19th May
Mon: Swim - Drills
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 19 - 12th May
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 1:28.13 150bpm
Wed: Swim - 2500m 01:09:10
Thurs: Run - 4.95 miles 0:53:56 158bpm
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 18 - 5th May
Mon: Swim - 2500m 01:08:10
Tues: Bike - 3 x Hill reps
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 6m approx. 1hr
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 6m 01:08:37 152bpm

Week 17 - 28th April
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 2000m 0:50:20
Wed: Run - 4.95 miles 0:54:12 151bpm
Thurs: Bike - 20.8m 01:27:24
Fri:
Sat: Core - gardening!
Sun:

Week 16 - 21st April
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 15 - 14th April
Mon: Swim - 2000m 0:53:00
Tues: Bike - 20.8m 01:30:22 145bpm
Wed: Run - 4.95 miles 0:56:37 148bpm
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - 20.8m 01:27:58 145bpm
Sat:
Sun:

Week 14 - 7th April
Mon: Swim - 2000m 0:54:00
Tues: Bike - 12 miles 55mins
Wed: Run - 4.92 miles 0:55:39 148bpm
Thurs: Bike - 12 miles 0:53:45 144bpm
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 13 - 30th March
Mon: Bike - 30 mins turbo (4m Z3)
Tues: Swim - 2000m 0:51:00
Wed: Trans: 25m Bike (6mZ3)+ 15m run
Thurs: Run - 5.08m 0:54:22 150bpm
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 11.5m 02:20:06h 148bpm

Week 12 - 24th March
Mon: Bike - 45 mins turbo
Tues: Trans: 25m Bike + 15m run
Wed: Swim - CSS Test (400/100-9:38/1:54)
Thurs: Run - 4.42m 00:53:25h 150bpm
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:51:00h
Sat: Run - 11.5m 02:21:12h 150bpm
Sun:

Week 11 - 17th March
Mon: Swim - 2000m 0:52:00h
Tues: Bike - 40 mins turbo
Wed: Run - 4.42m 00:58:01h
Thurs: Bike - 40 mins turbo
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:50:30h
Sat:
Sun: Run - 11.5m 02:24:58h 150bpm

Week 10 - 10th March
Mon: Swim - 2000m 0:50:30h
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - 35 mins turbo
Sat: Bike - 50 mins turbo
Sun: Run - 11.5 miles 2.5hrs

Week 09 - 3rd March
Mon: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Tues: Run - 4.42m 01:01:00h
Wed: Swim - 2000m 52m
Thurs: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Fri:
Sat: Run - 10 miles 2:08
Sun: Bike - 45 mins turbo

Week 08 - 24th February
Mon: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Tues: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Run - 45 mins tread
Sat:
Sun:

Week 07 - 17th February
Mon: Swim - 1500m 39m
Tues: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 6 miles
Fri:
Sat: Bike - 50 mins turbo
Sun: Run - 8 miles

Week 06 - 10th February
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 2 miles

Week 05 - 3rd February
Mon: Run - 3 miles 35mins
Tues: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Wed: Swim - 1500m 42 mins
Thurs:
Fri: Run - 3 miles
Sat:
Sun:

Week 05 - 27th January
Mon: Run - Tread 45 mins
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Gym - tread 15 bike 15
Fri:
Sat: Bike - 45 mins turbo
Sun: Bike - 45 mins turbo

Week 04 - 20th January
Mon: Swim - 1500m 40 mins
Tues: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Wed: Run - 3 miles
Thurs: Bike - 30 mins turbo
Fri: Swim - drills
Sat: Run - 7.5 miles 01:39h
Sun:

Week 03 - 13th January
Mon:
Tues: Bike - 15mins turbo
Wed: Bike - 20 mins turbo
Thurs: Swim - 1500m 40 mins
Fri:
Sat: Run - 6.3 miles 1:22:00
Sun: Bike - 30 mins turbo

Week 02 - 6th January 2014
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 3 miles
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 5 miles

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Week 07 - 11th February 2013
Mon: Run - 3.3m - 35:05
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 06 - 4th February 2013
Mon: Run - 3.3m
Tues:
Wed: Run - Tread 20 mins
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 05 - 28th January 2013
Mon: Run - 3.3m
Tues: Bike - 20m turbo
Wed: Swim - 1500m
Thurs: Run - 3.3m
Fri: Bike - 30m turbo
Sat:
Sun:

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Week 07 - 13th February 2012
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 4.4m 00:53:27
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:


Week 06 - 6th February 2012
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 4.4m 00:53:27 (159bpm)
Fri: Swim - 2000m
Sat: Bike - 35m Turbo
Sun: Run - 5.8m


Week 05 - 30th January 2012
Mon: Run - 3.2 miles
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:51:30
Thurs: Run - 4.4m 00:54:11 (157) 656'
Fri:
Sat: Bike - turbo 30m
Sun: Run - 5.8m

Week 04 - 23rd January 2012
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 1500m 0:38:40
Thurs: Run - 3.2 miles
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 03 - 16th January 2012
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 1500m 0:38:00
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:


Another bloody gap of laziness.....
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Week 48 - 28th November 2011
Mon: Swim - 1500m 0:39:00
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m
Fri:
Sat: Bike - Turbo 40m
Sun:

Week 47 - 28th November 2011
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 6m 01:13:00


Week - 12th September
Mon:
Tues: Run - 10.6km 01:38:28 (157bpm) 1440'
Wed:
Thurs:Run - 10.6km 01:33:15 (155bpm) 1440'
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.6km 01:28:11 (158bpm) 1440'

Week - 5th September
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 6.9km 00:57:42 (740ft)
Thurs:
Fri: Run - 6.9km 00:54:03 (740ft)
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.6km 01:43:24 (155bpm) 1440'

Week - 29th August
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 10km 01:14:22
Sun:


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Week - 30th May
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 13km 01:23:02

Week - 14th February
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Hash

Week - 7th February
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 1500m 39:38m
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m
Fri:
Sat: Bike - Turbo 45m
Sun: Hash

Week - 31st January
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Bike - Turbo 30m
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Hash

Week - 24th January
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Swim - 1500m 39m
Sat:
Sun: Hash

Week 51 - 20th December
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10km 59m


Hash every Sunday

Week 42 - 25th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Hash

Week 42 - 18th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Hash House Harriers


Week 42 - 11th October
Mon:
Tues: Run - 36mins FFS
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run 10.5m 01:47:36 (156bpm) 840'
Sun: Hash House Harriers

Week 41 - 4th October
Mon: Swim - 1500m 0:38:18
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 40 - 27th September
Mon:
Tues: Run - 27mins FFS
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 25mins FFS
Sun:

Week 39 - 20th September
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 25mins FFS
Sun: Bike - 19.4m 01:16:20

Week 38 - 13th September
Mon: Loch Swim - 2 laps
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 20mins FFS

Week 37 - 6th September
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 20mins FFS
Sun: Bike - 38.5miles 02:20:00

Week 36 - 30th August
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run 10.5m 01:42:33 (157bpm) 840'
Sun:

Week 35 - 23rd August
Mon: Swim - Loch 2 laps
Tues: Run - 45 mins Hill
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run 13km 01:21:02(154bpm) 700'
Sun: Bike - 19.4m 01:18:30

Week 34 - 16th August
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run 13km 01:21:54(150bpm) 700'
Sun: Bike - 5 miles

Week 33 - 9th August
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 32 - 2nd August
Mon: Swim - Loch 1.5 laps
Tues: Run - 3 miles
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: 30 mins bike
Sat: THE NORSEMAN!
Sun:

Week 31 - 26th July
Mon: Swim - Loch 5 laps
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:16:15
Fri:
Sat: Run - 13km
Sun: Bike - 20 miles

Week 30 - 19th July
Mon: Swim - Loch 4 laps
Tues: Run - xxm 0:40:10
Wed: Bike - 41 miles 03:00hrs
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:13:34
Fri:
Sat: Run - 14.8 miles 02:25:07 (149bpm)
Sun: Bike - 44.3m 2:59:30 3940'

Week 29 - 12th July
Mon: Swim - Loch 4 laps
Tues: Run 13km 01:13:46(157bpm) 700'
Wed: Bike - 41 miles 03:08hrs
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 14.7m 02:16:48 (154bpm)
Sun: Bike - 44.3m 3:15:15 3940'

Week 28 - 5th July
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Bike - 30m 01:27 hrs

Week 27 - 28th June
Mon: Swim - Loch 4 laps
Tues: Bike - 19.4m 01:11:15
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10km 00:58:18 (157bpm)

Week 26 - 21st June
Mon: Swim - Loch 4 laps
Tues:
Wed: Bike - 19.4m 01:14:15
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:14:08
Fri: Swim 2000m 50mins
Sat: Run - 12m 01:53:20
Sun: Bike - 44.3m 3:02:28 3940'

Week 25 - 14th June
Mon:
Tues: Run 13km 01:08:09(163bpm) 700'
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:15:00
Fri: Swim - 3000m 01:17:59
Sat: Run - 10.9m 01:40:38 (154bpm)
Sun: Bike - 44.3m 3:08:18 3940'

Week 24 - 7th June
Mon:
Tues: Run - 6.6m 0:58:03 (158bpm)
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:14:08
Fri:
Sat: 3500m swim/57m bike/11m run
Sun:

Week 23 - 31st May
Mon: Swim - Loch
Tues:
Wed: Bike - 45m Run - 21m
Thurs: Bike - 44.3m 3:10? 3620'
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 22 - 24th May
Mon: Swim - Drills
Tues: Run - 6.6m 0:57:40 (155bpm)
Wed: Bike - turbo 30mins
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:13
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 21 - 17th May
Mon: Swim - Loch o/w
Tues: Run - 6.6m 0:56:28h
Wed: Bike - 45m Run - 21m
Thurs: Bike - 19.4m 01:18?
Fri: Swim - 3000m 01:16:31hrs
Sat: Run-15.4m 2:36:26 (153bpm) 1140'
Sun: Bike - 44.3m 3:10:10 3620'

Week 20 - 10th May
Mon: Swim - 2500m 1:04:00
Tues: Bike - 40m Run - 21m
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr
Fri: Swim - 300/(25->175->25m)/300
Sat: Run 10.5m 01:38:55 (152bpm) 840'
Sun: Bike - 43 miles 03:38hrs

Week 19 - 3rd May
Mon:
Tues: Run - Tread 45m Z2 (5/4/3/2/1 Z4)
Wed: Bike - 30m Run - 21m
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr
Fri:
Sat: Run 10.5m 01:52:06 (145bpm) 840'
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2hrs (Grossglockner)

Week 18 - 26th April
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run 10.5 miles 01:37:30
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2hrs

Week 17 - 19th April
Mon: Swim - 400/400drill/7x100/200
Tues: Run - 4.8m 0:42:04 (159bpm) 400'
Wed: Bike - 40m Run - 15m (gym)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 45 mins
Fri: Swim - 2500m 1:06:00(?)
Sat: Run 13km 01:15:18(155bpm) 700'
Sun:

Week 16 - 12th April
Mon: Swim - 2500m 1:04:36
Tues: Run - 4.8m 0:41:00 400'
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr (spd pyramid)
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2:12:00 (Mt Ventoux)

Week 15 - 5th April
Mon: Swim - 2500m 1:01:36
Tues: Run - 45m Tread (5,4,3,2 Z4)
Wed: Bike - Turbo 30m Run - 15m
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 45m
Fri:
Sat: Run 13km 01:18:56(152bpm) 700'
Sun: Bike - Turbo 01:48m (Grossglock)

Week 14 - 29th March
Mon: Bike - Turbo 45m (10m Z3/4)
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - Turbo 45m (Z2 +2x5m pyrmd)
Sat: Run 13km 01:16:39(155bpm) 700'
Sun: Bike - Turbo 01:20 (Z1)

Week 13 - 22nd March
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - Turbo 60m (Z2)
Sat: Run - 1:08 940'
Sun:

Week 12 - 15th March
Mon: Bike - Turbo 45m (Z2)
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:47:12
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun:

Week 11 - 8th March
Mon: Bike - gym 40m Run 10m
Tues: Run - 45m Tread (5+3+1.5 Z4)
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - gym 40m Run 10m
Fri: Run - 45m Tread (5 3 2 1.5 Z4)
Sat:
Sun: Bike - gym 40m Run 10m

Week 10 - 1st March
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m (Z2)
Fri: Bike - Turbo 45m (Z2)
Sat:
Sun: Run - 45m Tread (5m Z4)

Week 9 - 22nd February
Mon:
Tues: Bike - Turbo 30m (Z2)
Wed: Bike - Turbo 30m (Z2)
Thurs:
Fri:
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Week 8 - 15th February
Mon: Run 16.8km 02:13:25(155bpm) 2340'
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Week 7 - 7th February
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 300/400d/10x100(2:30)/300
Wed:
Thurs: Run 7.1km 00:46:28(159bpm) 700'
Fri:
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Week 6 - 1st February
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Run 7.1km 00:47:15(159bpm) 700'
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:48:00
Sat:
Sun: Run 16.8km 02:22:05(157bpm) 2340'

Week 05 - 25th January
Mon:
Tues: SKIING
Wed: SKIING
Thurs: SKIING
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run 16.8km 02:12:45(155bpm) 2340'

Week 04 - 18th January
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 500/200drill/500pace/500
Wed:
Thurs: Run 7.1km 00:48:34(160bpm) 700'
Fri:
Sat: Run 16.8km 02:16:41(156bpm) 2340'
Sun:

Week 03 - 11th January
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run 7.1km 00:49:37 (160bpm) 700'
Thurs: Swim - 2000m 0:46:26
Fri:
Sat: Run 15.4km 02:04:16 (161bpm) 2100'
Sun:

Week 02 - 4th January 2010
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run 10.6km 01:28:27 (160bpm) 1560'
Thurs: Swim - 2000m 0:46:34
Fri:
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Week 01 - 28th December
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Week 52 - 21st December
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run 7.1km 00:50:50 (156bpm) 700'
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Week 51 - 14th December
Mon: Run 10.4km 01:27:14 (160bpm) 1540'
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Swim - 2000m 0:48:27
Fri:
Sat: Run 13.6km 01:45:35 (159bpm) 1880'
Sun:

Week 50 - 7th December
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run 7km 0:51:28 (159bpm)
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Week 49 - 30th November
Mon:
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Sat:
Sun: Run 9.3km 1:19:40 (162bpm)

Week 48 - 23rd November
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 2000m 0:50:39
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Week 47 - 16th November
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 2000m 0:51:15
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 10km 1:01:13 (?bpm)
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10km 1:01:04 (?bpm)

Week 46 - 9th November
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 10km 1:05:56 (156bpm)
Thurs: Swim - 2000m 0:56:40
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10km 1:02:29 (158?bpm)

Week 45 - 2nd November
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Week 44 - 26th October
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 10km 1:05:45 (156bpm)
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Week 43 - 19th October
Mon:
Tues:
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Fri:
Sat: Run - 10km 1:08:08 (157bpm)
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Week 42 - 12th October
Mon:
Tues:
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Sat:
Sun: Run - 10km 1:07:33 (158bpm)


September
Nothing

August
Nothing


Week 31 - 27th July
Mon:
Tues: 10.1 miles 1hr 53m 32s (157bpm)
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Week 29 - 13th July
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Tues:
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Sat: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 29m 54s (159bpm)
Sun:

Week 28 - 6th July
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 27m 33s (160bpm)
Sat:
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Week 27 - 29th June
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Bike - 42miles (hilly): 4:20hrs
Sun:

Week 26 - 22nd June
Mon:
Tues: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 29m 57s (160bpm)
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Week 22 - 25th May
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Week 21 - 18th May
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Week 20 - 11th May
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 37m 49s (157bpm)
Sun:

Week 19 - 4th May
Mon:
Tues: Tread - 45m Z2 (5/3/3/4m Z4)
Wed: Trans: 30m Bike (gym) + 15m run (Z2)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr (Z2/3)
Fri:
Sat:Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 40m 10s (155bpm)
Sun:

Week 18 - 27th April
Mon: Swim - 300/50>200>50(in 25m)/200
Tues: Run - 6.1 miles 55m 59s (157bpm)
Wed: Trans: 45m Bike (speed) + 15m run (Z2)
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
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Week 17 - 20th April
Mon: Swim - 300/15x100 interv/200
Tues: Tread - 45m Z2 (5/3/3/3m Z4)
Wed: Trans: 45m Bike (speed) + 15m run (Z2)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr (power)
Fri: Swim - 3000m 1:12:29
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 39m 29s (154bpm)
(dog bite incident!)
Sun: Bike - 32.6m 2:10:54

Week 16 - 13th April
Mon:
Tues: Run - 6.1 miles 56m 29s (160bpm)
Wed: Trans: 45m Bike (speed) + 15m run (Z2)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr (power)
Fri: Bike - Turbo 30m (gentle Z1/2)
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 39m 49s (152bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2:15hrs (Z2)

Week 15 - 6th April
Mon: Bike - Turbo 30m 15-21mph speedwork
Tues: Trans: 45m Bike (speed) + 15m run (Z2)
Wed: Tread - 45m Z2 (5/3/3/3m Z4)
Thurs:
Fri: Bike - Turbo 1hr (Z2-Z4)
......Swim - 3500m 1:28:29
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 41m 36s (155bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2hrs (Z2)

Week 14 - 30th March
Mon: Swim - 2500m 1:01:08
Tues: Run - 5.6 miles 53m 21s (156bpm)
Wed: Bike - Turbo 1hr 15/17/19/21/19/17mph
Thurs: Trans: 45m Bike + 15m run (Z2)
Fri: Swim - 2500m 1:01:21
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 40m 23s (155bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2hrs (Z2)

Week 13 - 23rd March
Mon:
Tues: Swim - 400/12x100 interv@45s/400
Wed: Trans: 35m Bike + 25m run (Z2 + 5m Z4)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 1hr (Z2 + 5m Z4)
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2hrs (Z2)

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======BUILD PHASE START=====
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Week 12 - 16th March
Mon: Swim - 200/12x100 interv@45s/200
Tues: Trans: 30m Bike + 15m run (Z2)
Wed: Run - 4 miles 36m 23s (161bpm)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 35m (Z2)
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:48:20
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 47m 36s (149bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 2hrs (Z2)


Week 11 - 9th March
Mon: Swim - 200/13x100 interv@40s/100
Tues: Trans: 30m Bike + 15m run (Z2)
Wed: Tread - 40m Z2 (5/3/3/3m Z4)
Thurs:
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:48:03
Sat: Run - 10.1 miles 1hr 52m 45s (154bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 1hr 45m (Z2)

Week 10 - 2nd March
Mon: Swim - Workout #21
Tues: Run - 4 miles 37m 18s (164bpm)
Wed: Bike - Turbo 45m Z2
Thurs:
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:50:33
Sat: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 24m 49s (160bpm)
Sun: Exercise Bike - 1hr 30m (Z2)

Week 09 - 23rd Feb
Mon: Swim - Workout #20
Tues: Tread - 40m Z2 (5/3/3/2m Z4)
Wed: Trans: 30m Bike + 15m Tread (Z2)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 45m Z2
Fri:
Sat: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 23m 47s (156bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 1:45:00 Z2

Week 08 - 16th Feb
Mon: Swim - Workout #18
Tues: Run - 4 miles 37m 29s (NK bpm)
Wed: Trans: 30m Bike + 15m Tread (Z2)
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2
Fri: Swim - Workout #19
Sat: Bike - Turbo 1:15:00 Z2
Sun: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 30m 35s (151 bpm?)

Week 07 - 9th Feb
Mon:
Tues: Tread - 40m Z2 (5/3/2/1m Z4)
Wed: Bike - Gym 30m Z2
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2
Fri: Swim - 2000m 0:50:30
Sat: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 28m 32s (NK bpm)
Sun:

Week 06 - 2nd Feb
Mon:
Tues: Run - 3.1 miles 32m 15s (165bpm)
Wed: Swim - Workout #19
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2
Fri: Swim - Workout #20
Sat: Run - 10.4km 1hr 09m 04s (161bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2

Week 05 - 26th Jan
Mon: Tread - 40m Z2 (5+2m Z4)
Tues:
Wed: Bike - Gym 30m Z2
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2
Fri:
Sat: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 31m 05s (161bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2

Week 04 - 19th Jan
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2
Thurs: Bike - Turbo 15m Z2
Fri: Swim - 1hr Analysis Session
Sat: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 31m 31s (160bpm)
Sun: Bike - Turbo 30m Z2

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======BASE PHASE START======
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Week 03 - 12th Jan
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:54:34
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Bike - Turbo 1hr Zone 2

Week 02 - 5th Jan
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 4 miles 39m 41s (166bpm)
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 31m 01s (160bpm)

Week 01 - 29th Dec
Mon: Run - 8.8km 52m 04s (169bpm)
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Week 52 - 22nd Dec
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Week 51 - 15th Dec
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 4 miles 49m 51s (166bpm)
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Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 8.1 miles 1hr 37m 59s (160bpm)

Week 50 - 8th Dec
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Week 49 - 1st Dec
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Week 47 - 17th Nov
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 10.4km 1hr 14m 51s (161bpm)
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Week 44 - 27th Oct
Mon:
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Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.4km 1hr 12m 35s

Week 43 - 20th Oct
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.4km 1hr 16m 46s

Week 42 - 13th Oct
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat: Bike - 2 miles!
Sun:

Week 41 - 6th Oct
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Run - 45mins Intervals
Thurs: Swim - 2000m 0:48:25
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.4km 1hr 13m 23s
(HR 161bpm)

Week 40 - 29th Sept
Mon:
Tues:
Wed:
Thurs: Run - 45mins Intervals
Fri:
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Week 39 - 22nd Sept
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 45 mins Intervals
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Week 38 - 15th Sept
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:48:39
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.4km 1hr 15m 30s

Week 37 - 8th Sept
Mon:
Tues:
Wed: Swim - 2000m 0:49:49
Thurs:
Fri:
Sat:
Sun: Run - 10.4km 1hr 20m
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North Yorkshire born & bred, but spent five years in the dark, wet depths of Cumbria as a teenager. Loved those fells!

Newcastly Poly for one year, but got kicked out for enjoying myself too much, then North Staffs Poly (yuk) for 3 years studying Estate Management. Ended up as a Chartered Investment Surveyor for 10 years, living in London, Leeds and finally Glasgow (lived overlooking Loch Lomond.... most beautiful place on earth).

Career-changed during my mid-life crisis at 30: Threw away a high-flying career to go to Plymouth Uni for 1 year then spent the next 5 years working offshore all round the world in the oil industry.

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I have a lovely French wife with a Gallic temperament and a gorgeous 2yr old daughter who speaks better French than me.

Got into Tri's after my 53yr old boss in Geneva shamed me into doing one after he completed the Geneva. Once started, quickly hooked! My current 'mid-life crisis' as my dear wife keeps referring to it as.
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Wasdale Triathlon Race Report
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[First and foremost, I didn't have a camera with me for the race. Therefore, a huge thank you to those whose photos I've used including: Mick Lowther, Mark Eddy, Paul Davies, Paul Marshland and the official Wasdale Tri photographer- thanks guys, hope you don't mind.]


Wasdale: The World's Hardest Half-Ironman

It’s been a frighteningly long time firstly, since I updated my blog and, secondly, since I set foot into a competitive tri situation.

In fact for personal reasons I haven’t updated my blog as it became apparent it was being read (unsurprisingly) by someone I’d rather didn’t. For those who kept abreast of my horrible personal situation a few years ago will understand the dreadful circumstances that blighted my life. Anyway, all horribleness aside, my personal life almost overnight shone a bright light into a very dark place that my life had drifted into. Instead, I met a wonderful woman, had a gorgeous baby daughter to add to my two other lovely girls… and like the sun rising in a wintry dawn, warmth and joy began to fill my life again.

And with it, triathlon reappeared!

A Celtman entry came and went; new relationships, new daughter, new job, new home, (hell, new life!) took over. But one day as I lay in the bath and looked down at the unfamiliar tyres around my gut, I realised something had to happen.

It had to be tough, it had to be something worthwhile, something to at least rival the Norseman. Then Wasdale Triathlon appeared…. Perfect! “The world’s hardest half-Ironman”.

Months of training, badly interrupted by work travel, baby commitments, bad weather did manage to reduce my paunch by around 7kg. Never quite got it back to my fighting weight of 73kg, but 75-76kg under the circumstances was acceptable.

The Day Before

My wife, Helen, & I decided to drive the bike course on Saturday, the day before the race. The narrow, twisty lanes, the endless blind-bends and the rutted surfaces quickly became apparent. My wife was driving, to get used to my car, so she could drive me to the start-line on Sunday. However, after a few miles she basically said ‘sod this, I’ve had enough, you drive’. That was at the foot of Hardknott Pass. And boy, was I glad she handed over.

First gear, no exaggeration I was wheel-spinning on some of the tight corners it was so steep. The descent towards Wrynose was equally frightening. After we climbed, then descended Wrynose in equal tense silence, she ordered me to turn round and go back to the hotel.

According to her the following day, I barely spoke for the rest of Saturday. She was right. What I had seen in the car genuinely scared me. I spent the rest of Saturday debating with myself whether to pull out of the race. For the first time in my life I considered a DNS. I was absolutely horrified at what I’d seen; the steepness, the dangerous descents, the road surface…
She nearly talked me out of the race. My age, my responsibilities to my daughters, she tried everything and I don’t blame her. I was literally on the edge myself of giving up.

When I went to bed that night, I lay there staring at the ceiling, in turmoil. Should I drop out? After all this training could I face myself in the mirror, or my colleagues at work?

Race Day

I didn’t sleep. I clock-watched all the way to 4.30am, half an hour before my alarm. With a knot in my stomach, I kissed my wife and sleeping daughter, and with a last attempt to persuade me to stay in the warm, safe bed she wished me luck.

We’d agreed after the nature of the awful roads to Wasdale Head that I would drive myself to the start, leaving them at the hotel for the day. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could’ve happened.

Alone in the silent cocoon of the car, driving through the Stygian darkness of the Wasdale pre-dawn, I began to focus. My mind dropped the negativity, the cloying drain of fear that had weighed me down for the last 24 hours and instead my head cleared itself. I was in race mode; focussed, positive, angry, passionate, determined. “I’ve done the ~#*$ Norseman, for Christ’s sake” I shouted at myself as I peered through the windscreen. “You can do this!”.


A very nervous 'selfie', wolfing down nutrition as I psyched up for the start


T1 was buzzing. The atmosphere was like it always is at these events: electric, excited, tense, nervous laughter, hushed voices, wives and girlfriends quietly assisting nervous partners… I set up quickly and sat in the car for a short while, psyching myself up. I managed a bit of nutrition, felt obviously nervous, but ready. Really ready for this. The Passes were still there in my mind, but this was ‘one step at a time’ mentality. Do the swim, then worry.


Pre-race briefing. I'm off-camera on the right. Quietly pooing myself.

The start was delayed 15 minutes but it was good to get in the water early. I’d been expecting a freezing shock but when I got in I was actually angry. Cold? Seriously? My training loch up here in Aberdeenshire is cold. This was warm! I didn’t need my hood or wetsuit boots, but it was too late now.


The start. I'm one of the pink hats on the far left

I loved the start – relaxed, leisurely, loads of space to spill out and avoid the usual mad, frantic melee. It was a simple out & return. The water was crystal clear – just beautiful. As we swam, I found myself (unusually) in the pack. Navigation was easy – I didn’t even need to look up as I just kept people around me. As I rocked side to side, the visibility was so clear I could see people ten to twenty yards away from underwater!

The buoy at the far side of the Lake arrived quickly. It was shallow which allowed me to stand up, touch it, and walk five yards back into the water, a real bonus just to catch my breath and rest my arms. But then it was back in and racing. I heard afterwards the swim course was short – it felt it as the end came up quickly and I felt really good. Looking back there was probably a third of the course still in the water which was comforting. I knew though, that most of them would be shortly overtaking me on the bike, so I ran in my wetsuit boots the 300 yards to T1.

I had intended to eat and drink, but race-fever overtook me and as soon as I’d changed I was on the bike and away. The blast down the lake side was incredible. I overtook a lot of people, which for me is unheard of. I began thinking “am I fitter than I realised?” as I leaned on the tri-bars and powered past them.



That's me on the left, going great guns. Easy when you're only a couple of miles in.

In fact as I subsequently noticed, I think it was my aero position that did it. I was one of the very few people with bars – I had considered removing them, but was glad I hadn’t. Apart from giving me a restful position at various stages of the race, for the few downhills and flat sections it definitely gave me an advantage as I gained ground and places.
However, that was to come. Before that… the Passes.

I joined a group for the run to Hardknott which was helpful in pacing. We leapfrogged around each other for miles, enjoying the undulations but not the hard road-surface. Blind bends were taken far too dangerously with race mind-set. I quaffed a gel and suddenly the monstrous Hardknott came into sight. This was it. I felt my stomach tighten.

I gave myself 100 yards to ride. Just do 100 yards. I think I managed 70 before I saw the first person walking. Thank God, I muttered to myself, and as my thighs and calves screamed at me for surcease from the climb, I finally relented.

And quickly realised how hard it is to push a bike up a steep hill with road-bike shoes. No grip at all – it was achingly frustrating, like trying to walk on ice, doubling the effort. But I continued as many around me gave in the struggle as well.

The first section past surprisingly quickly; looking ahead I could see the long snake of people winding their way upwards, most on foot I noticed with relief. I manage to re-mount for a small section before hitting the final climb again.


Me on the left, grinding up the middle section of Hardknott. A rare moment still in the saddle!

God it was hard, even pushing. So, incredibly, steep. One guy passed me still in the saddle. His breathing was worse than an asthmatic having an attack. He was rightly proud as we approached the summit, but hell, I realised it was just not worth the effort for the few minutes it would’ve saved…

Top up with fuel at the top, then descent. Holy Lord Almighty. Anyone pondering this race had better make sure their brakes are up to scratch. 5-10mph maximum. Fingers clamped on the levers, leaning as far back as I could physically go, I edged downwards, round the tight, technical bends. It was genuinely scary as we all made our slow, careful way down. At the bottom we managed to open up a bit more, but the stretch to Wrynose was a bit of a long grind, slightly uphill all the way. When Wrynose did eventually arrive, it brought with it no surprise. It was a hundred yards of outright pain and screaming legs followed by a complete capitulation. Off and pushing again… more slipping and sliding, walking on the grass and rocks at the edge just to gain traction.

It was brutal but the summit came surprisingly quickly. The descent was as bad as Hardknott, more white-knuckled braking. But the hairpins soon gave way to the long contouring descent towards the Langdales. It was there that the leaders passed us on the way back. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I tried to work out the speeds in my head for them to be so far ahead, it just didn’t seem physically possible. I even then thought perhaps the loop through Langdale wasn’t as long as I thought…

But, of course, it was. I leapfrogged with a couple of people the long miles through the valley. Beautiful scenery, perfect weather conditions with no wind. Even a short section of smooth road surface – I overtook a girl at this point and we both laughed at how unusual it was – before the next climb came into view. I realised I’d taken no nutrition on at all so dug out a Mars Bar. It went down well. I also had to stop for ten minutes as my handlebars had worked loose. I was loathe to stop, but the bouncy surface meant every time I was down on the bars the angle dropped lower and lower and I could literally move them with my hands. Perhaps not the best way to grind up an ascent and, worse, safely descend. Fortunately I had the right Allan Key in my pack and rectified the problem. Of course I lost a few places but there were bigger things on my mind… like the looming Leviathon of Wrynose ahead.

The climb out of the Langdales was a bit of a shock. I was off and pushing again! Dear God, is there nothing in this race that didn’t involve pushing up?! I hadn’t even hit Wrynose yet. A lot of the course, in my own private hell, has memories of calves. A strange thing to focus on, but all that filled my vision ahead was people’s calves. Every shape, size, all united in bulging, clenched, muscle-distorting pain. As I stared ahead, driving my own aching legs, I just remember seeing so many calves… a strange distraction.


Looking up towards Wrynose Pass on the return leg. The far ridge is our destination... pain. pain and more pain.

I joined a group of Irish in their pink jerseys for the blast towards the foot of Wrynose and as that monstrous climb came into view, they slowly pulled ahead of me until most of them, too, were off and pushing. It’s a very, very long ascent. The worst of the whole route. It didn’t help that a vintage motorbike rally was enjoying the mountain at the same time as we all ground out our slow, painful ascents around the wretched, steep hairpins. Someone told me, as he passed (pushing) “Don’t worry, last year I pushed all the climbs and still did 4:40hrs” which gave me confidence.

The summit arrived after a few false rises, then the descent. The blast to the base of Hardknott was wonderful, the first time I could really get on the bars and give it some welly. But of course joy was quickly extinguished as the final climb appeared. “Come on!” I screamed at myself. “Last climb of the day!” But, of course, it’s one thing shouting at yourself and another getting your legs to work. Relentless it was. Steep. Painful. Thighs and calves burning.


A great 'bum' shot of me racing down Wrynose. Hanging on for dear life.

But the summit did arrive, and with it, the wonderful realisation that the worst was over. The descent I noticed a lot more people walking. Yes, walking the descents. I can only assume lack of confidence in their brakes – and I totally sympathise. It was that scary.

I joined a group of about 6 for the long miles towards Santon Bridge and we all enjoyed leapfrogging each other and the moral comfort of having others around. Out of the blue I was suddenly hit with terrible cramp in my right thigh. I had to get off and walk around, suddenly scared this could end my race. After a few minutes it subsided and I continued. I caught the group up and surprisingly, overtook them, particularly on the descents. (Another grateful nod to the tri-bars).

One final hill as we approached Wasdale Head… 3 girls beside their car cheering me on, shouting and dancing like it was party-time, proclaiming the last hill of the bike. What a boost!

T2 – wow, what a welcome sight! A great crowd had gathered and cheered and clapped me in.

As I changed and munched a very welcome Marmite sandwich, I peered up at the colossal heights of Sca Fell looming over the valley. The top was shrouded in cloud, making the upper slopes invisible. It looked intimidating.
I had thought about running the first mile to the base of the mountain, but that quickly dissipated as my legs just enjoyed the simple motion of walking after so long on the bike. The climb started, and it soon started sapping the strength as we approached Sty Head.


An hour into the climb, looking back down into Wasdale

A young lass overtook me with bounding, long legs early on, but after a while I caught up again and we leapfrogged for a while. She said she’d missed cut-off last year by half an hour so I realised, rather selfishly, I had to keep ahead of her if I was to make it myself. I spent some of the early ascent with Prasoom, as we exchanged tales of AXTRI and Norseman with breathless exertion. The legs hurt.

Past Sty Head, we curled up towards Sca Fell Pike. A tricky bit as we traversed the valley involved a small descent by rope over a small buttress, then upwards, always upwards.


The tricky bit where the Marshall had helpfully rigged a rope

The path was good, rocky and technical in parts. The cloud came and went, but the summit never managed to appear from its foggy shroud. Probably just as well as the interminable climb seemed endless.


Two guys descend the 'tricky bit'

I was tired, really tired now. Even though I managed to leave behind the lass and Prasoom, I was overtaken myself by a couple of people. My legs ached, and I found it an effort to lift each leg to the next rock. I was panting like I was on the upper slopes of Everest, each step becoming a huge effort.


Up into the cloud...towards the summit

As we entered the cloud, the summit arrived surprisingly quickly. It was surreal. A party of about 30 Muslim school children – 12yrs old? - appeared, with their bearded-teachers. Chattering excitedly they cheered me on, the teachers casually telling the kids to move aside as if we were just in the local park, not on the summit slopes of England’s highest mountain.

Navigation after the summit was tough. Fortunately I had my Garmin with the course plugged in – a God-send when visibility was less than 50 yards.


A rare break in the cloud. The route sign-pointers - it became an art peering for these in the murk...

As we descended, I caught up with another group who were lost. The Garmin got us back on track and we skidded and slid downwards towards Foxes Ghyll.


A sting in the tail - Foxes Ghyll

Peering up the ghyll was shocking. I knew we’d descended a long way – more than I expected from the map – but to see the vertiginous ghyll sliced into the mountainside that we had to ascend was soul-destroying.


The brutal ascent of the Ghyll towards Sca Fell

In fact, I found this steep, technical section not too bad, hands assisting, it passed relatively quickly. The group, though, had pulled ahead and as I panted my desperately slow way up the last upper slope to Sca Fell, I realised that if this race was longer (like the ‘X’) there was no way in hell I would have enough in me to go that extra 13 miles after these brutal ascents.

I could hear the voices in the fog ahead of me, so I knew the group couldn’t be far ahead. Even with my watch, though, I still managed to go off-track several times. Once, I came to the head of a deep ghyll dropping into the grey abyss below me. A bit of bad language and frantic watch-checking got me back on track, but I’m experienced enough in the mountains for that mistake to scare me.

The ground was mixed grass and rock, technical, difficult and treacherous, particularly in bad visibility. When I finally broke below the cloud, it was a wonderful sight. The sky in the distance was a mixed palate of light grey cumulus, dark grey overcast and a backdrop of golden glow from the sun as it tried so hard to break through, silhouetting the rolling peaks of the Lakes in the distance. Breathtaking.

One thing I’m good at is technical descents, so I quickly caught up the group and overtook them, feeling good. So good, in fact, that when we hit the boggy moorland that marked the final 8 or so miles, I was running. I thought I’d put some distance ahead of them but after a mile I looked back and saw they were running too and weren’t far behind. Damn, I thought, even my one, rare moment of glory wasn’t to be! They soon caught up and we all bog-trotted together, mainly walking now.

Two of the younger lads managed to maintain a run and went ahead, but I soon caught up with them as they’d stopped to help Norman Brown who’d slipped and ruptured his quad in the boggy section. After a quarter of an hour or so, there were about 8 of us milling around, assisting where we could. We obviously couldn’t leave him, but everyone was clearly itching to get on as cut-off times were entering our consciousness. One of the lads helped strap Norman’s leg, but he couldn’t even stand so we knew someone had to stay with him. Two lads had set off to get help earlier, so I gave him a swig of my energy juice to wash down a Paracetemol, then left to make sure that they’d found a marshall. Two of the others joined me and three hundred yards further down the track we met a Marshall making his way up to poor Norman. Happy that he would be safe, we put our heads down and marched onwards.


Poor Norman - here being attended to by Mountain Rescue several hours after we left him (make a donation please!)

Four of us became two as the interminable miles passed and we dropped Chris & Andrew from Peterborough. A young lad called Oliver strode a few hundred yards ahead of me for a couple of miles until I started to get nervous about making cut-off and ran to catch him up. We calculated and worked out we should be ok.

The last few miles to Eel Tarn were tough, physically and mentally. It wasn’t steep or hard going, just long, with very, very tired legs. My legs were in ‘just get me home’ mode now. I couldn’t run.

But as we breached the final ridge with the blessed view of Wasdale and the finish in the distance, we rejoiced. We were ok – just -for cut-off but Oliver & I didn’t want to take any chances so we bounded down the rocky path into the valley.

Half a mile from home and we heard a sound behind us. The Peterborough lads were running and catching us up. I shouted at them to stop, “it wasn’t fair to overtake us so close to the line” I said with a rather sardonic grin, so I think to their huge annoyance (sorry guys) Oliver & I started to run again. Those last few hundred yards, strangely, were the hardest of the whole race. We’d debated about running to the line, as it seemed appropriate, but we’d agreed that maybe with a hundred yards to go. Not with half a mile and I wasn’t sure I had that in my poor legs.

I gritted my teeth, refusing to let myself drop back. As we came up the lane in the fast-falling twilight, the long line of cheering, clapping supporters was like an injection of energy, bless them.

I crossed the line together with Oliver in 11:29:57, 149th place.

So, very, very tired.

We all quickly dispersed to pack up our kit and it suddenly felt very lonely.
On the course, I’d spent much of it with others. Even if not talking, we were either riding, running or walking amongst others focussed on the same goal. Together we had all shared that immense dream of reaching that finishing line.

Now that I’d made it, I sat for a moment alone in T2 with my bike and transition box and looked back up that bastard of a mountain. I was filled with a mixture of elation, exhaustion and sadness.

I’d made it. I’d beaten the world’s hardest half-Ironman. The dream, the goal that had driven me for over a year.

But now it was over.

For those long, hard hours I had felt special. A competitor in one of the world’s hardest races. A brief flash of extraordinariness above the average man.

It was going to be hard to go back to normal life again.


Very, very tired. But very, very happy!
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2017
May - Loch Loman HIM?
July - Cairngorm HIM?
Sept - St Andrews HIM?

2016
Nowt!

2015
Nowt!

2014
Dec: Challenge Bahrain HIM
Sept: Wasdale HIM

2013
Oh dear Lord, this is getting embarrassing.
Fatter. Just Fatter.

2012
Write-off again! Got even fatter & lazier...
Another wasted year.

2011
Write-off! Got fat & lazy...
Wasted year.

2010
Norseman Xtreme (Norway)
HIM self-supported (UK)


2009
Norseman CANCELLED
Self-supported HIM CANCELLED
Wetherby Tri CANCELLED


2008
Norseman Xtreme (Norway)
Self-supported HIM (UK)
Norwich Olympic (UK)
Fritton Lake Olympic (UK)

2007
Cambridge Olympic (UK)
Norwich Olympic (UK)
Fritton Lake Sprint (UK)

2006
Got fat & lazy

2005
Geneva Sprint (Switzerland)
Nyon Sprint (Switzerland)

Who on earth is this Gus anyway ?
 
North Yorkshire born & bred, but spent five years in the dark, wet depths of Cumbria as a teenager. Loved those fells!

Newcastly Poly for one year, but got kicked out for enjoying myself too much, then North Staffs Poly (yuk) for 3 years studying Estate Management. Ended up as a Chartered Investment Surveyor for 10 years, living in London, Leeds and finally Glasgow (lived overlooking Loch Lomond.... most beautiful place on earth).

Career-changed during my mid-life crisis at 30: Threw away a high-flying career to go to Plymouth Uni for 1 year then spent the next 5 years working offshore all round the world in the oil industry.

Back onshore in 2003: Marketing Manager in Norwich, then Geneva, then Lowestoft (wow, glamorous!). After being VP Africa for an oil exploration company in Surrey the recession kicked me out and sitting twiddling my thumbs!

I had an awful French, gold-digging wife who developed mad cow disease, divorced me after just 5 years and walked away with my two baby daughters a very wealthy woman, leaving me facing bankruptcy. Sadly we learn by our mistakes.

Got into Tri's after my 53yr old boss in Geneva shamed me into doing one after he completed the Geneva. Once started, quickly hooked!
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