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August 25, 2020

Your intrepid chairman has been out in the big bad world and has done a real life triathlon!

I did the New Forest Triathlon last weekend - one of the first to be run after Covid. It was an open water swim, followed by a cycle through the New Forest and a run along a road and track. I did the standard distance but the distances didn’t really match the standard.

So...what was it like? What was differe...

July 23, 2020

The 12th of July was meant to be rather significant day to the more oxidized members of Westcroft tri club.  It was on that Sunday we were meant to be doing the Bolton Ironman, obviously now cancelled.  We were meant to be ‘Up North’ flying over hill and dale, dreaming of a finisher’s tee shirt and wondering where to have our tattoo! 

Well, me and Dave were, in Bolton that is, not getting...

June 1, 2020

Race Report for Westcroft Tri Club – Weekend May 08-10 2020

Our head coach is a prophet! Back in January, he wrote “Welcome to the GoTri Couch to Sprint Triathlon Course! Some of you may be nervous but don’t worry, the coaching team and your fellow course members will be supporting you all the way to your race - but that’s a long way off.”

Indeed, it proved to be a very long way off thanks to Corona...

May 7, 2020

Ironman UK got cancelled, it was bound to happen I suppose.

I think Dave has already outlined what the plan is (assuming that all our entries are deferred), that we just do it next year with a couple of extra Rusties taking part. As always, in the grand scheme of things the cancelling of a race mainly designed for those suffering only from a mid-life crisis is trivial.  But it’s my blog so;

I’m not...

April 17, 2020

The update emails from Ironman Europe are long but say little.  Without committing themselves they will apparently try and give all competitors 50 days notice as to whether the event is postponed or cancelled.  I know in these difficult times this is all very trivial but away from the really huge life contained within our homes the trivial has taken on a certain magnitude.

So what to do?  The...

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...

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