Turning Corners

As any serious athlete knows, being injured is pretty much an unavoidable part of the experience. What I didn’t fully appreciate until I was assaulted by an angry road user back in May is how common it is for injuries to be sustained because of some sort of attack, or a run in with a vehicle. There are no two …

Dealing with setbacks

Just over two years ago, on 2 Jan 2014, I woke up early ready to head to the pool for training. As I swung my legs off the side of the bed I noticed that my right ear felt blocked. Strange. It wasn’t totally deaf – but it felt a little like water had got inside. I tried to clear …

Selfies and Smiles

In one of the most noteworthy pieces of news in the triathlon world in 2015, WTC Ironman was bought out by a Chinese corporation. Wanda Group paid a reported $650 million for the privilege. The news was fairly swiftly followed by announcements of two 70.3 races in China towards the end of 2016. At the time of the take over …

Racing Thriving Freezing Surviving

No plan survives contact with racing… The Road to Kona 2016 ended up being more of a winding path with a dead end.   Back in October when I was on the verge of starting my quest for Kona points to try and qualify for 2016 I was full of confidence and excitement. I never doubted it would be difficult, …

Old Year’s Resolution

There is a tendency this time of year for people to invest in thinking about next year. “What New Year’s resolutions shall I make?” “What shall I do to change X?” “I’m definitely going to learn X next year” “2016 is going to be the year of X” and so on. But I wonder if we spend enough time actually …

No Regrets

Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championships – Bahrain “In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take”   Sometimes opportunities seem to pop up where we least expect them.  If you had suggested Bahrain 70.3 to me as a good race option a few months ago I would have laughed. The last of the million dollar triple crown race …

When your best is not enough

Ironman Malaysia I always knew that I was taking a risk going to Malaysia to race in November. A late season Ironman at one of the hottest venues in the world could go one way or the other. Typically a small field of women line up for this race – so I took my chances and entered. Having raced well …