Back to it!

Since my last post we have had Christmas and the New Year. For me personally I also had the pleasure of entertaining tonsillitis and a chest infection which of course not only ruined Christmas but hampered the start of my Ironman training.

That said, I am now two weeks in to my new training schedule and Training peaks is reporting a solid green and although my fitness has suffered somewhat over the off season I can quite honestly say that it’s great to be back training properly. I just need to convince my body of the same.

I have two weeks left of the current phase before my first race week of 2018. The race is the Ashridge Duathlon on the 28th January. I missed out on this event in 2017 due to a diary clash so I am looking forward to this one. Am I race ready? No way, especially not for a sprint event but following a terrible 2017 a serious injury and illness over the off-season I am just really happy to be racing.

Active training world always puts on a great event and follows it up with a great medal so I am determined to be on the start line (and finish line!) to claim my first bling of 2018.

Not too much else to report really. I’m positive about the upcoming season but also very realistic about the huge challenge in front of me. The challenge scares me a little but that tells me that I am challenging myself.

I’ll finish by simply wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2018.

Wishing my sponsors a very happy new year and looking forward to representing you in 2018!

Parks, Zombies and a Big apple!

It’s been two months since I penned my last post of the triathlon season and according to Facebook it’s been 5 years since I started this blog.

The last two months have been fairly packed out, although to be honest, there hasn’t been much racing going on mainly because it’s the off-season. Basically, the off-season is a good excuse to eat and drink and add a few kilograms of unwanted weight to the skeleton

I did pin a race number to myself in October to take part in the Royal Parks half marathon. This is a race that was on my bucket list for many years and never managed to get a Ballot place. This year I decided to run for Cancer Research and secure my place on the start line by raising money. Firstly, thank you to everyone who sponsored me. With your help I managed to raise £420 (Plus Gift aid) for a very worthy cause.

As I mentioned this was a race that has been on my bucket list for years, admittedly this was mainly for the wooden medal! Anyway, I stood on the start line before the race and really wasn’t in the best position to race. With focus being very much on the end of the triathlon season I had largely neglected longer runs due to a niggling Achilles issue. So in all honesty, I was under prepared and probably shouldn’t have run. However, I had raised money for charity and I wasn’t about to let people down who had sponsored me. So I ran.

I say ran, I use that term very loosely. The first 3 miles went really well, I had started at a good pace as we left Hyde park and headed through green park past Buckingham Palace and rounded St James park. The good pace continued through admiralty arch and on the out and back past downing street and into the strand. Then my Achilles decided it wasn’t happy and it felt like someone kicked me in the back of the heel. My paced slowed significantly over the rest of the race and as a result I finished some 15 minutes outside my PB.

Considering this was a race on my bucket list, I was hugely disappointed. I totally get the attraction if you do not live \ work or train in London. The chance to run around the sights and through some lovely parks should be very appealing. However, to someone who has worked and trained in London and run the majority of the route in training runs it was just…. dull. Perhaps my frame of mind at the time took the shine off the experience as I was struggling and in a lot of pain, but I just found the route a little uninspiring and annoyingly complicated. There seemed to be an excessive amount of out and backs and zig-zagging which just added to my frustration. As you can tell, not a great race for me. That said, I did finish and I did get my wooden medal!















A few weeks later my girlfriend and I took part in a local “Zombie run”. There I was, decked out in full run attire ready to power my way through hoards of blood thirsty walkers in true walking dead fashion. I feel that the organisers had slightly mis-sold this one . Upon arrival it seemed that we were the only ones in running gear and the only ones not smoking and drinking! The “race” director (who was dressed in drag) then took to the stage and advised everyone that it was too dark around the lake to run. Therefore it was now a Zombie walk…

Forty five minutes later we finished the walk \ jog \ run and in all fairness it was a lot of fun. I have to admit that we did have a good laugh and it was worth the entry fee. Yes, I still felt a bit of an idiot in run attire but whatever, most people were too drunk to notice. My girlfriend was over the moon to find that she was the first lady back. Happy days.

The off season also contained a number of great weekends away and an amazing trip to New York to watch the girlfriend take on the New York City marathon. She did really well on what was a really tough day. I also took part in a 5k whilst I was out there but with 12,000 people doing a 5k I managed to do an additional half a mile going round people so again, not one for the record books.

With the end of the off-season approaching it’s time to turn my attentions to the season ahead. I have my race entry and hotel booked and my Tri-suit purchased and ready to go thanks to my race sponsors “Leading Talent” (

Training for IMUK starts in Mid-December and will continue all the way through to July 15th. I have a big learning curve ahead and for once I am slightly nervous about what’s to come. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited but I know there is a lot of hard work ahead of me.

I would just like to sign off this blog by saying thanks to everyone who has read this blog regularly over the last five years. (Thanks both!!! ) Here’s to a much more successful 2018!

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter

My last post was pretty brutal and outlined that sometimes things simply do not go as you want them to go. However, it feels that I have managed to turn a corner in September and being back racing has helped me to refocus my goals and look towards 2018 with renewed passion and excitement.

The first race of September I revisited a race that I took part in a number of times many years ago. I really enjoyed it all those years ago and it was no different this year. The Letchworth based “Duck n Dash” Aquathlon hosted by Freedom Tri is a great event held each year at the Letchworth outdoor pool.  A superb event for young and old, novice to experienced athletes.

My swim was average as expected as you are faced with the usual overtaking issues and ducking under lane ropes but it was as good as it could be and after a quick transition I exited onto the run around Norton common.  An “ok” run delivered me safety home in 6th place overall. Relatively happy with that on the day.

The following weekend I reintroduced the bike into proceedings and took place in the Carterton triathlon. Another small event held near Oxford. The swim was much improved and I overtook those in front of me to take an early lead in the race. I held the lead throughout the wet and windy bike course and continued to hold it throughout the run, I crossed the line first but due to the nature of cumulative times in pool based triathlons, I slipped to second place overall as all the finishers crossed the line. I have never led a race before so this was a new experience for me, one that I hope will be valuable in the future. Another enjoyable race under my belt and some confidence built up on the bike.

The last race was the full beans. Open water swim, bike and run. Based at Thorpe park, this was the final European championship qualify of the season, I had little expectation of qualification before the race so I simply set out to enjoy and race well for myself. Up until this race I hadn’t swum in open water since my crash way back in May. I had found the wetsuit to add extra resistance against my shoulder which caused some pain, therefore I had opted for some pool based triathlons. I decided to revert back to my older wetsuit as I hoped the neoprene had a little more give in it. It seemed to do the trick.

I had a good swim and managed to stay close to the lead pack, I excited the water feeling happy, if not a little cold (20 degrees my a*se!) and made my way to Transition.

No issues in Transition and I was quickly out onto the Bike. The first kilometre was on a service road which was windy, wet and full of potholes so it was a bit of time to get some breath back, take on a gel and compose yourself before hammering the TT bike on the open road. The flat and fast course suited me as I progressed through the places and kept a good average speed. I felt great! All was going fine until 5km from the end of the bike where one of my TT bars decided to work itself loose. I spent the last 5km of the bike resting on one aero bar, whilst holding the other in place, stuck in one gear and hurtling around roads at around 25mph. Always drama on a bike!

Safely into T2 after a slow journey back down the service road and it was out onto the run course. The run itself was nice and flat and went around Thorpe Park itself. All the rides were turned on and music played as if the park was open. My pace was the best it had been all season so I was happy each time I looked down at the Garmin.

I approached the finish and got presented with a nice medal. What more could you want! Originally I had targeted this race to qualify for the Euro champs in Glasgow next year but I ended up way out of the qualifying places in 16th so I would need a hell of a roll down to make the grade. I was within the qualifying time (108.16%) but there were just too many fast guys there on the day.

So a great month of being back racing!

September also provided some fantastic news for 2018. I have made the decision to “go long” and try my hand at an Ironman. So with the help of my new sponsor I signed up to do Bolton in July 2018.


The more observant of you will have picked up that I have a new sponsor. Leading talent ( approached me and offered to cover all my race expenses for the Ironman in return to advertise their company. Of course I agreed and I am truly honoured to be representing such a great company with truly wonderful people. So a MASSIVE thank you to Leading Talent for their support. I look forward to wearing your logo in 2018 and being a good advert for you guys.




Even beds of roses have thorns

I have been pretty quiet recently and to be brutally honest it’s because things have not been going well. I wondered whether to even bother writing a blog at all but I have been told that it is important to show people that real life is not always a bed of roses.
So as regular readers will be aware that my season goal was to qualify for and race in the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam in September. You will also be aware that this season goal literally crashed during the qualifying race at Eton Dorney in May.
Three months have now past and the injuries I sustained in the accident have long since healed. However, my mojo has taken a massive hit and I just have not been able to get back into the swing of good consistent training.
It’s difficult to feel fired up and passionate about training when your season goal is now out of reach. Many people have said to me “It’s fine, there’s always next year” but that doesn’t really sit well with me. I’m a very goal driven individual who is currently without a meaningful goal.
I don’t like wasting a season and still want to achieve something in 2017 and although it is only August, the triathlon season ends in a little over 6 weeks. So, I’m stuck in between a rock and a hard place, do I a) pull myself together and see what I can do in September or b) right off this season completely and start planning next season. Only I can answer that and at the moment, I simply don’t know. It would be very easy to mug this season off but I would feel that I have failed. Given up. Quit.
Due to the lack of consistency in training my speed on the run isn’t quite there, I have lost a little strength on the bike and my swimming was never my strong point anyway – and remains that way. I will race in September because I have paid for race entry but it certainly will not be the best version of me.
I am of course my own biggest critic and although this admittedly sounds like a very negative blog, I am confident that I will come back stronger and hungrier.
I am still hungry for success and I still want to challenge myself to the limits. It just won’t be this year.
To all the people who have supported me this year, I feel I have let you all down. I wanted to make you proud of me. I’m sorry.
Here’s hoping my next update is more positive, no one needs grey skies and we have certainly had enough of them this “summer”!

Until next time ….

One month later

Hi all

Just a brief update as I left you last month feeling somewhat sorry for myself having being taken out on the bike at the Eton Dorney ITU qualifier. You will be glad to know that I have pulled myself together and am in a much more positive frame of mind this month.

The first piece of good news was hearing that my shoulder will not require surgery and that with hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and sensible rehab I should be back training fully in 6 – 8 weeks. Luckily I’m in a fortunate position to have the very best Osteopath by my side.  I may be biased but she has worked wonders on me before so I trust her completely.

The downside is of course that I will miss my “A” races for the season and I will not qualify for the ITU World Championships in Rotterdam. However, all is not lost!

Upon hearing the news that surgery will not be needed I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took another look at the events calendar for 2017. With a bit of luck I hope to be back racing by the end of July \ start of August which “should” allow me to train and be ready for plan B.

Its early days in the recovery so I don’t want to jinx it and say too much, but I am really positive and have the best support around me. My coach and girlfriend have been amazing as have the rest of my friends and family. I was overwhelmed by the number of messages received on social media. It means a lot, thanks all.

I have at least started running again and doing some meaningful work on the turbo trainer. The last week has seen a return to the pool but I am only able to swim until I feel an ache. That said, I have gone from 500m to 1800m within 10 days, so again that’s positive.

If I do not get to race again this season then that will set me up to be hungrier than ever and qualify for the worlds next year. It’s on the gold coast so why not!

That’s it from me. Just to say thank you again for all the support.


The one where it went wrong

So when I left you at the end of the last blog I was preparing for Eton Dorney. The first of the ITU world championship qualifying races.

The run up to the race had gone really well and I felt rested and strong. Despite a disturbed night’s sleep the night before due to pre-race nerves I felt I was in a good place to attack the race on the Sunday morning. I knew I had a shot.

I had my usual pre-race breakfast and packed up the car and headed to Eton. This has been a happy hunting ground for me in the past as it was the site of my first ever triathlon and also the race where I qualified for Chicago back in 2015.

I arrived and set up transition as usual, had a coffee and watched the first few waves of age groupers take to the water. My race started at 10:10 so at around 09:50 we headed to our start pen and it was the first real opportunity to eye up the competition. At 10:05 we entered the water which was a fairly pleasant 15.8 degrees. I jostled for a good start position and awaited the hooter.

We were away, the swim was about 300m out, 150m across and 300m back so I took the first 300m hard but sensible and turned at the first buoy, got around cleaning and pushed a little harder to the next buoy and turned again for the 300m push back to T1. I increased the speed of the swim and overtook a large amount of athletes who had perhaps gone out too fast and started to fade in the later stages of the swim. I exited the water in a much better position than in previous years (Thanks PSC) and found myself in T1.

T1 was quick and uneventful and the handful of events I had done prior to this one had paid off in transition practice as I got away well on the bike and made up a few places.

The feet were in quickly, fastened tight and the plan was to hunt down the lead pack and stick to them like glue. I hit the bike hard out of T1 and was making great progress on the loose riders. Then, out of nowhere, BANG – a rider who was drafting me a little too closely went into my back wheel.

The next hour was spent sat in an ambulance.

I had hit the floor pretty hard and my bike had gone over the top of me and landed with a bang beside me. I bounced, then bounced again then came the long slide where you can feel your skin being left on the tarmac. I finally came to a stop and after pausing my Garmin (I wish I was kidding!) I got up and grabbed my bike out of the way of oncoming riders. I collapsed on the grass and quickly realised I was bleeding, a lot.

The ambulance crew were great, they seemed to arrive within seconds and quickly set to work in tidying up my multiple wounds. My ankle, knee, thigh, hip, elbow, shoulder, back and both hands all needed attention and it was clear they had particular concerns over my shoulder.

As I was sat in the ambulance I noticed my bike. Both front forks were snapped and the front wheel was badly buckled, even if I could continue I wouldn’t be able to. My race was over.

The event car came and picked me and my bike up and took me back to transition where my very worried girlfriend was waiting.

I packed up and went home. The various cuts, scrapes and bruising were of course sore but my main concern was my shoulder. I had felt pain like this before. Back in 2012 and that meant 6 months out. I was ignoring the fact I clearly had to go to the hospital but I was simply delaying the news I knew that was on its way.

I visited the hospital on Monday and it was confirmed that I had a grade 2 AC joint dislocation. In short, if I don’t require surgery then it may take 6 – 8 weeks to repair. If I do need surgery it will take 6 months to repair.  Either way, I will miss the remaining two ITU qualifying events and therefore for me the road to Rotterdam is now officially closed.

I find out next Tuesday if I will need surgery or not, but for now I’m off to lick my wounds. I’m truly heartbroken.

It must be triathlon season!

Yes yes, I know it’s been a while since I last posted something but I have been a busy boy and trying to get my head down and focus towards the first qualifier of the season.

In my last post I mentioned that I had successfully qualified for the ITU Sprint distance Duathlon championships in Canada and this is still on the cards, although not my primary focus for 2017.

The second half of March was spent in the slightly warmer climate of Majorca. I made the trip with two team mates from PSC and we had 10 days of training in fantastic surroundings.

The highlight for me was ascending Sa Calobra which is locally known as the “snake road”. It is a climb from the port de sa calobra 10km to the summit. That 10 km twisting through the mountains took 41 tough minutes and I definitely deserved my pa amb oli afterwards!

April was a relatively quiet month in terms of races for me, but there were plenty of races where I was supporting coached athletes in other races. It was great to see athletes taking part at the “Run Fest” Half marathon and 10 km, Brighton Marathon and of course the Virgin London Marathon. It’s a very rewarding feeling when athletes achieve their goals and you know you had a small part to play, they all made me very proud indeed. I also passed my final assessment to become a level 2 Triathlon coach in mid-April.

My next race was the rocket 5 km in Milton Keynes, I had hoped to target this race for a sub 18 minute 5 km attempt but on the day outside influences meant that it just wasn’t happening. I was happy enough to squeeze in under 19 minutes (18:59) and receive a pretty cool medal.

Into May and by this point I usually would have braved the coldness of the open water, but as I type – I still haven’t. It’s been a chilly start to the year and reports that I am getting from friends are not very positive. However, I will have to sum up the courage and take the plunge either this week or early next week as I have the Eton qualifier approaching and I need to get my wet suit tested before race day!

Luckily my first triathlon of 2017 was a pool based triathlon which was lovely and warm. The HSV sprint triathlon is a cracking little event hosted by Tri Force and Active Training world. Based at Hatfield Uni the swim is just 400m followed by a gently undulating bike course and a mixed terrain 5km run.

The race.

My swimming has been going well recently so I wanted to push hard to see a decent time in the pool. Unfortunately this isn’t the sort of event to do that, for those of you that have not done a pool Triathlon before the usual format is that you swim up one side of the lane, back done the other side then duck under the lane rope and repeat until you reach the final lane and get out. This obviously takes additional time and so my time was effected by this, but, everyone was in the same position.

Transition 1 was clean, with no wetsuit to worry about it was off with the goggles, on with the helmet, grab the bike and away for the 300m run to the mount line.

Despite a light covering of rain the bike course was good. Decent road surfaces in the main helped a safe and fast bike ride. I made up a lot of places with a strong ride and didn’t have to take any silly risks on the damp roads. The first outing on the tri bike this year was a good one and I was happy with the way it performed. A strong performance led me safely into T2.

Starting with another 300m run to transition with very cold hands and feet wasn’t pleasant but went without issue as I racked the bike, ditched the helmet and on with the trainers and of course the sunglasses. No sun to be seen anywhere but they hide the pain nicely and always make for better race photos #truestory

The altered run course was much better. I hate running loops so I am glad to see they ditched the 4 loop run route. Instead we had a multi terrain 5km run which was comfortable. It shouldn’t have been comfortable! Despite a good finish I started far too easy and didn’t push myself. This effectively cost me 1st place in my age group. I need to remember how to take risks and get uncomfortable!

So I crossed the line and claim 2nd in my age group and 5th overall. Decent enough times to come away with and a positive race ahead of Eton in a couple of weeks’ time.

Roll on Eton!


Its good to be back!

Wow Mid-March already! Where is this year going?

February was a really positive month for me. Training has been consistent with only a brief interruption due to a dose of the deadly man flu which I managed to survive. Just.

The injury that has plagued my off season seems to have finally disappeared and this has been down to a combination of things.

  • Sensible training. Not rushing to get back up to speed and building gradually to protect the injury and not risk having any further setbacks.
  • Regular treatment from Luton Osteopathy. Ensuring I am fit and well and ready to put my body under the strains of pre-season training.
  • Finally daily stretching and using the foam roller. I used to think I hadn’t got time to do this daily, perhaps I even managed to convince myself I didn’t need to. Needless to say it is now part of my daily routine and my legs and back have certainly thanked me for it. I am a convert!

Things went so well I decided to enter the Winchester 10km held on the 26th Feb. Those of you that know me well will know my nerdy side involves Vikings and Norse mythology. So a visit to Winchester was a good excuse for a race. Winchester is where Alfred the great defended England (OR more specially Wessex) from the Vikings.

The race itself went well. A great course and a really well organised event saw me finish 38th out of 900+ entrants. The time was 40:15 which is over 3 minutes away from my PB but the important thing was that I raced pain free for the first time in two years. Brilliant T Shirt and Medal too! (Viking related of course)


The final week of February featured a visit to Alex @ Insight Nutrition. I had feared the worse but actually I was pleasantly surprised. I left feeling boosted by my visit and a nice finish to February.

Before I got injured I made plans for my 2017 season. My main focus is of course to qualify for and represent GB in Rotterdam in the World finals in September. My “B” goal is much the same but for the ETU Europeans next year. A sub goal was to qualify for GB ITU Duathlon.

My one shot at this sub goal was 12th March at the Bedford Duathlon. Based on not being 100% fit and not having the best preparation over Winter I was not overly hopeful at achieving this goal and certainly wasn’t looking forward to the event. I was put off even more when I woke up and saw the rain lashing down. However, I decided to pull my finger out and race, if nothing else it would act as a line in the sand to understand where I am in the road back to fitness. This would also be my first race in a draft legal race, so good practice for the rest of the season. One less thing to get disqualified for!

The weather didn’t improve much and transition was wet and grey, it was clear that the competition on the day would be fierce. I prepared my Transition area and retreated to the warmer pit lane buildings to keep warm and await the start of the race. After a brief warm up and race brief we were called to the start line.

Bedford Duathlon – Race review

Format: 5km run \ 20km Bike \ 2.5km run.

Organiser: NiceTri Events

The horn sounded and we were off. I followed my coaches’ advice and hit the first 5km run hard and came in just under 18 minutes (17:58). I was really happy with that considering my lack on running over the last few months!

With no wet suit to faff around with T1 was quick and I was out on the bike in around 30 seconds. I managed to chase down a decent group on the bike and working together managed to progress through the field and pick up additional riders. A group which started as 5 grew to over 15 and as usual we had 3 or 4 of us working on the front while some slackers sat and drafted happily for the entire 20km. The conditions were wet and slippery and the hairpins on the bike proved interesting as a few places were gained by some people sliding off onto the verges. There was some pretty impressive road rash on show after the race. Fortunately I stayed out of trouble and posted at 29:55 bike split.
















T2 was trouble free and I was quickly out onto the final 2.5km run. The legs were tired from the first run and a hard bike but I pushed on and did whatever I could to hold position.  The final 2.5km run was sluggish and something I need to work on as I came across the line in 10:15.  My overall time was 59:15. A good race and I am really pleased I took part, it gave me a boost in confidence and highlight areas I need to work on. In addition it gave me some practice in racing a draft legal event. Not only that but……

As I type I believe I have qualified as Q4. I am awaiting confirmation from the BTF but we are certain that my position and time was good enough to earn a spot on the GB AG Team. Not a bad day all in all, watch this space!


Up next – 10 days in Majorca J

January Blues

So it has been just over a month since I last wrote and I hope you are all well and  still keeping your resolutions?

It’s been a mixed month personally. Having found some run fitness I went and destroyed any progress I had made by pushing myself too hard whilst on my Level 2 coaching course. Stupidity and male ego took over and something that was meant to be a simple drill turned into the biggest race on the planet. Detect the massive undertone of sarcasm as I say “Hoorah, I won”. The cost of this “win” was another 21 days of not running. Let’s just say my Osteopath and Coach were less than impressed. Lesson learned!

So it’s been a month of further frustration on the run front but again I have found myself pushing the bike, Swim and Strength and conditioning so all is not lost.

The last two weeks have seen me running again and completely pain free which is fantastic. I made the decision to pull out of the Ashridge Duathlon as I don’t think I would do myself justice and that is not the biggest focus of the season.

On the 24th January I also turned another year older! However, I had a great birthday and got some great gifts which is always nice.

So now I am fit it’s time to buckle down. I am a little behind where I would prefer to be in training but the important aspect to remember is that I still have 3 months until the first Humanrace ITU qualifier at Eton. So that’s the target fixed firmly in sight now. I need to ditch a few KG, regain some run speed and continue to work on the top end of my cycling which seems to be coming along nicely.

It’s a recurrent theme but I’d like to thank Carly @ Luton Osteopathy ( ) for her patience and knowledge to continue to “fix” me and get me back on the path to Rotterdam.

The next few months are critical for the success of the season.


Oh and…. keep an eye out for this – Spring 2017!




Happy new year

Firstly, Happy new year to you all. I trust you all had a good Christmas and enjoyed your new year celebrations.


To say that I am looking forward to 2017 is a huge understatement. As I said in previous posts, 2016 was an experimental year with a disappointing end spending 3 months on the injury bench. However, I don’t believe in dwelling on the past and there was certainly my fair share of good that also took place in 2016. As I have said to one or two people recently, I now know that everything happens for a reason, you just may not know or appreciate it at the time.

The past month has seen me get back some much needed base mileage in the run which in turn has given back some fitness whilst fighting off the inevitable Christmas calories. I have also managed to clock a couple of sub 20 minute Parkruns which I can’t really complain at having been off for so long and I even managed to represent the run club at a local cross country race which was as pleasant as ever. I still think back to the days in upper school when the very mention of cross country simply meant having to run to the local railway bridge, hide underneath it, extract the cigarette and lighter from ones sock and wait patiently for the rest to return and join on the back. Job done. How times change!


My swimming has remained constant throughout winter and over the festive period which I know will pay dividends when the season comes knocking. For that I have to thank Putteridge swim club for being such an awesome club, not just the coaches but the other members who make getting up at 5:15 worthwhile.


The bike has been fairly static, as most are this time of yeah. Ice on the roads and freezing conditions making it a little too dangerous to venture outside, so plenty of sessions spent on the Turbo trainer trawling through episodes of Vikings, The grand tour, The walking dead and anything else I can find on Amazon.


Another mention has to go out to Carly @ Luton Osteopathy. Without her dedication and knowledge (not to mention patience) I don’t think I would now be running pain free, so a huge thank you to her for getting me back out there. However, I am still getting nagged to stretch and foam roll on a daily basis. My only question is, does foam rolling ever become pain free?


Looking forward to January there are no specific race plans but the plan is to shift the winter weight and get back down to what I consider to be the racing weight. This is a weight that I have felt I have raced best at in the past. Since working with Alex @ Insight Nutrition I have learned that it is key not to focus on numbers too much but focus more on how strong you feel come race day.



I will continue to build up the race pace on the run. I need to find 2 minutes over the 5km distance before the first race day lands in May. However, I trust my coach and my training so I don’t see that as an issue, it will come. I just have to believe… always.

All the key races are now booked, hotels reserved and plans are firmly in place, so it’s truly time to hit 2017 with full force and make it a year to remember. Watch this space!