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March 20, 2020

Just for a change this blog is going to feature some actual training...

"The Hilly 50" is an annual CTC sportive which is 50 km long and takes in as many of the Surrey hills as possible. In 32 miles there is over 3000 feet of climbing...

Our friend Steve ‘the Fly’ (can climb anything) mentioned that he was thinking of doing the Hilly 50, I mentioned it to Dave and it seemed like a good idea.  ‘Seeme...

March 6, 2020

The annoying alarm goes off at 5.35am.  I don’t leap out of bed, I haven’t leapt out of bed for years, I start flexing my toes, when I start begining to feel them I start rolling my ankles.  If I don’t do this there is a real chance that I’ll be unable to stand up without staggering.  When I do have to leap out of bed (late night pee etc..) I pitch forward like a toddler taking its first steps, or...

February 20, 2020

As we drove through the New Forest passing the wild ponies we started to get excited and a little nervous about our first SAS... I mean WTC Training Camp. We quickly found our caravan, (later to be aptly named the “Party Caravan” – although there was nothing PC about it!☺) stocked the fridge with medicinal gin and started to settle in.

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February 12, 2020

As I sit down to write this it is Sunday evening and I am in reflective mood.

This afternoon as I stood at a pelican crossing, soaking wet to the skin, my bobble hat so damp that it is slipping down over my eyes,  with mud oozing through my trainers just mid-way through a two hour run in the heart of storm Ciara and I found myself asking ‘why am I here?’   Not what am I doing on the planet but why...

January 28, 2020

Equipment (clutching at straws)

I’ve realised, that training for the Ironman there are a few bits and pieces that I need...

‘Need’ is a slightly misleading word, it is more that I think they might help, and by ‘help’ I mean might make a bit of a difference and by ‘a bit’ I mean make all the difference and drag my sorry ass over the line of this ridiculous event.

Firstly we’ve done the Maths (I say ‘w...

January 6, 2020

Doing the Thingy or how Dan and Dave ended up entering an Ironman

Since that evening about 4 years ago when Dave found me in his classroom after school leaping about to an Insanity fitness DVD desperately trying to lose weight and suggested that I try triathlon it has probably always been there.  Dave had done loads of spirits and Olympics but never longer.  We trained with Michelle Neylon to do th...

October 7, 2019

Well, the curtain finale to the triathlon season was held at Hever Castle, and for most of the Westcroft Improvers group this was their opportunity to shine in their respective events, or at least promote their media stardom with exhaustive posing at any clicking camera.

This meant an early rise on a damp Saturday morning with the splendid view of the Hever Castle Lake in the foreground. Eli not on...