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1
Jun

A Means to an End that became a Joy … My Story

‘Pain’ instigated my journey towards Barefoot and Efficient Running.  It turns out that Necessity is the Mother of both Invention, and ‘Taking Matters into your Own Hands’. Shin Splints & Sciatica.  The 3-S’s.  The bane of my life because, either together or alone, they made a misery of the one constant that had kept me sane since I was at

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6
Oct

Vanguard Way Ultra – Picture Diary

Doesn’t it look glorious?  Beautiful skies & 3 intrepid BlackFishes ready for the ‘off’ … James, the tri coach who doesn’t seem to mind the pain; Jason, the consultant surgeon who feels the pain but doesn’t know when to stop; and Helen, the running coach who doesn’t really exert enough effort to ever get acquainted with pain (story goes that

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6
Jun

The Pictoral Adventures of ‘Team Shambolic’

The question arose many moons ago, sometime after completing The Druid’s Challenge in November 2011.  “Would you like to be part of the barefoot relay team for the Classic Quarter?” The answer was instant – and the usual – because I have a positive philosophy … say ‘yes’ whenever possible, and figure out the ‘how’ later. So, “Yes” it was.

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6
Jun

Barefoot Connections Conference

Photos by Phillipa Newland. I went on another learning journey yesterday – the ‘Barefoot Connections Conference’, masterminded by Matt Wallden, who brought Vibram Fivefingers into the UK, connecting the product to his Chek practitioner work on our primal movements.  The location set the scene – The National History Museum, with the start next to Dippy the Dinosaur – and on

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19
May

Ten Lessons in Lanza

Just goes to show … 3rd Ironman and still so much to learn! Despite the accepted norm of piddle in wetsuit to get warm/convenience; piddle on bike to show circus style co-ordination/mark your drafter; poo where you can and preferably not in a portaloo; puke anywhere (really – see later), I revisited another form of human relief … the fear

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7
Feb

To Inspire …

Coming across the Holstee Manifesto on our honeymoon changed my life, hopefully forever because it was in a GREAT way!  I read it, properly, every day. Share Your Passion Baron de Coubertin – father of the modern Olympics – The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won but

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11
Nov

Druid’s Challenge 2011

Druid’s Challenge Video, 11.11.11 I know you’re all thinking “I might never get to the end of this” … that’s what I thought on the 11th, 12th and 13th of November!! In brief, and without toilet stops, here’s my latest ‘race’ report (don’t bother with the kettle, you’ll not need it!) The Druid Challenge is a multi-stage 3 day race

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21
May

ZincMan Goes For An Upgrade/Ironman Lanzarote 2011

It wasn’t an auspicious start to RACE PREPARATIONS.  Wednesday morning saw me down at the beach soon after 7am to make sure that the tsunami I’d dreamed about wasn’t about to hit.  All was calm.  I sank into the water and began a loop of the race swim. Nobody had mentioned ‘The Abyss’.  The sea was really rough in March

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25
Jan

Show Me the Way to Lanzarote

POST IRONMAN AUSTRIA … Soft Ironmen? For everyone who thought that just me making it to the finish would be a miracle, I thought that coming in with just under 2 hours to spare was A RESULT! (Especially when you factor in that 50min of those 15 hours and 8 minutes were spent languishing in the transition tent – obviously getting

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20
Oct

Ironman Training in the Pyrenees

… fond memories …. oh, how ‘green’ were we!  TdF, Wiggo and Olympic efforts have brought it all back … Training in the Pyrenees – Day 1  The idea was just a little 45 miler to wake up our bodies following the 14 hour drive down to our base, south-west of Toulouse.  Our host had given us the map, mentioned

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