Flights home are perfect for writing race reports, so this race reflection has been done in record timing. Before I launch into the longwinded account of the day, and may lose some readers along the way I just want to say thank you to each and every person in my life. My family, friends, boss, … More Ironman Cairns 70.3
Last Friday morning it was about 7.50am, I was at work and the boss’s 4 year old son was in at the pharmacy waiting to be dropped preschool. I was chatting to him as we opened the doors and set up the shop… Me “hey Bruce, guess what I’m doing on the weekend?” Bruce “what?” … More Kingy Tri… Makin a Comeback
One day at the start of a Maths class in year 12, our teacher drew a long line all the way across the length of the whiteboard. She then put a tiny dot on the line, and said that was the significance of our school formal in life. In the whole scheme of things it really wasn’t a big deal, the day would come and go and life would continue as usual… She was clearly wanting us to stop talking dresses, hairstyles, formal partners and get back to work. At the time it didn’t feel like that was true, but in hindsight she was quite right, and I reckon an Ironman draws a lot of similarities to the small dot on the long line that was our school formal.
The build up to an Ironman is huge, once you pick your race months in advance it’s on your mind a lot. Every day involves training, recovering, refuelling and repeating (of course with a bit of work and family stuff in between). You try not to let it consume your whole life but as the hours of training increase and the date draws closer it manages to creep into most aspects of life.
The day then comes and goes. You either have the best day of your life or … More The Next Challenge
It’s hard to summarise a race that you haven’t quite decided how you feel about. But how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It was an elephant sized day but will attempt to summarise it bite by bite… I’ll keep it honest, try to keep it interesting but can’t guarantee I’ll … More Ironman Cairns 2016
An open letter to my friends competing in their first long course races this weekend (and also to those whom it isn’t their first, but they need reminding just how awesome they are). Dear Friend, Firstly congratulations, 99% of the population wouldn’t have done what you did, committing to signing up for such an incredible … More An Open Letter
I haven’t written a blog post for several weeks now, not for lack of inspiration or content, mainly due to lack of brainpower. I got back from Thanyapura Phuket and hit the ground running with work, work and extra work, training and general life stuff. An injury slash niggle had me downhearted and a few … More Mooloolaba Magic
Destination races… My favourite kind of race. I have only done a couple (so far), but I have enjoyed each one and with new races popping up around the globe continuously why not combine your next race with a holiday? 5 top reasons why I love destination races… 1. The Destination Itself If you are … More 5 Reasons I Love Destination Races
Think of your first triathlon, do you ever wish you had known back then what you know now? There’s three sports, umpteen distances and a whole lot of questions. Here’s a compilation of tips and tricks from the experts… And by experts I mean real people like you and me, tri newbies, experienced triathletes with … More Things I wish someone had told me from the beginning…
This time last week was the day after Ironman Malaysia, muscles were sore, memories were vivid and I was so damn hungry I could eat a horse! I’m not quite ready to relive the nitty gritty details of the whole 12 hours and 10 minutes and write a race report, but that will come soon. … More Ironman Malaysia Reflections
Selamat datang ke Langkawi (Welcome to Langkawi) where the weather is warm, the beaches are beautiful and the monkeys are plentiful. It’s race day eve, no real similarities to Christmas Eve except maybe the anticipation levels and planning an early morning wake up tomorrow. Race day eve is a different kind of special, it’s nervous excitement … More Ironman Malaysia Eve