Big camp in Spain done and now all eyes on Dubai

February 19th, 2015 by


Just finished a great camp in Spain. We were staying near a town called Huercal Overa. South coast of Spain. We were actually in a little village just outside, staying in this huge villa.  The weather wasn’t that great actually, we were quite unlucky, the pool was too cold even for an ice bath on one of the days! However it was the perfect place to go to get the head down and live and beach Triathlon.



We had great company the whole camp, and at the peak we had 7 of us, personally I banged out around 33hrs each week.  Not one day easy and a lot of hard swimming, biking and running in there. Run was probably the priority for the camp as I started getting stuck into the long runs needed for Ironman. Before the camp I had never been above 2hrs but here I did 2×2.5hr runs and 2x2hr runs amongst the various sessions and hard tempo runs.  Not bad! I actually feel the best running for a couple of years. My sessions were not something I’d be upset with from my Olympic distance days!

Big ups to Mark Pearce for his amazing effort on camp. He supported us on all our rides in the van, was there giving excellent swim coaching for all the abilities and rode along side us for all our tempo runs. The right decision was made every day to make sure we got the most from the camp without killing us. We all came away super positive and in the Time Trials this morning everyone improved their pb’s by a margin!

Bit of a plug now! If you want to come on the next one then sign up quickly because we’re almost full again… Dates are from March 8th – 15th/17th. Great value for what you get, especially while we set these up!



We’re off to Dubai on Tuesday night for the Challenge Triple Crown. It’s a stacked field as usual when there is this much prize money on offer and can’t wait to see how I stack up! Feel good in training but it’s the first race and that’s where we’ll find out really how we’re getting on!

Thanks for reading!

Uplace BMC team camp at Sands Beach.

January 22nd, 2015 by

A belated Happy New Year everyone! Lets try to make 2015 our best one yet! Check out out amazing team video!

Things have been going quite well for me, before Christmas we did quite a bit of free speed stuff! I have to say that I felt like I was doing all the marginal gains stuff but not much of the actual training gains stuff. Maybe too smart for my own good ;) We spend 3 days in Belgium, lab testing (strength test and threshold tests). Visited the Physio and Strength and Conditioning coach Maarten, bike position testing with Joris, and finally a body scan and a visit to Roel the team doctor for MRI tests on a few issues I was having at the time.

A week later was the fun bit, a visit to the BMC Velodrome in Grenchen with Ben De Wolf, Pearcey and Stefano. We were testing our positions worked out with Joris and we did 7x8mins at 42kph. Seeing each time if what we did saved us Wattage. Interesting stuff and a nice experience! Video here

After a nice family skiing holiday over Christmas, I’ve had the best possible start to the year with an amazing Uplace BMC Training camp in Lanzarote at Sands Beach! I didn’t feel amazing after losing the best part of 10 days training by going skiing but as soon as I touched down in Lanzarote I gained 50Watts and lost 3kg’s! They call it a magical island ;)

team photo

In all seriousness it’s amazing what some good rest can do for you followed by two weeks hard training, you can actually feel really quite fit. Mark Pearce came out with me for the first week so he gave me a hard time out there but it was really useful to have him there! We managed to do around 32hrs training each week with plenty of quality and some long steady miles.  The swimming is coming back nicely and the we made a good start bringing the fast running back into my run programme. Biking however feels really good since changing the position on my bike.

Sands Beach really is the prefect place to train. Just a 4hrs flight south and you wind up in a comfortable apartment 10m from the 8x25m swimming pool, great food, 20’c + sunny weather and perfect routes for cycling and running. It was amazing to hang out with all my team mates again and meet all the team sponsors and invited press. We managed to tick off a lot of our obligations for the year with some photoshoots, interviews and meetings. All very productive, we have amazing partners. Thanks to you all and especially Sands Beach, what an amazing opportunity to duck off there every so often. A real home from home.

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Lululemon also came out with their Yoga instructor so we had three 45mins yoga sessions! That was an experience, but I can definitely see it can have it’s place in your triathlon programme.

yoga session

I’m currently taking a few days easy, getting over that camp and relaxing with my family before I build up for a week solid at home in Leicestershire before we go away to our next camp in Southern Spain with Pearcey and some other friends.  This is where we’ll do a huge block that’ll set me up for my first few races of the year. Dubai Triple Crown and South Africa Ironman EEEK!

Mark has some amazing experience at running top quality training camps, the last one was epic, a lot of hard work but at the same time very enjoyable in an amazing location. If you’re quick you can join us for our camp in Feb, or you can book up to come and join us in March! Check out the details here..

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2014 season down. What’s next?

November 11th, 2014 by

Well, that’s it. I’ve decided to call it a year. 2014 was one of my favourite years so far. All in 70.3’s I’ve taken two wins in Wimbleball, and Lanzarote. 3 x 2nd places in South Africa, Calgary, Barcelona. Then I finished 10th in the World Champs which was very satisfying if I consider I got that with a puncture after losing two minutes but also frustrating of course as I was looking at something much higher without problems. I also took wins in Jenson Button Triathlon which was actually my tightest race of all against Dave Bishop and the Mallorca Olympic Distance Champs in May.

It was also made so much better by being part of the mighty Uplace BMC team. I had so much fun wearing their colours and participating at the camps at Sands Beach and Mallorca and of course travelling to the races as part of a team and having the support plus being around 9 other great team mates + staff. I’m very chuffed I have at least another year of this.

Now the season is finished, I have had time to reflect on the year, analyse what could be done better and discover ways to do that. This year it wasn’t very hard for me to figure out how to do that as it was clear that areas I can improve.  Ironically I need to move forward the two areas that were a strength for me coming into this. My Swim and Run.  I spent the last two years working very hard on my biking to bring it up to the level of the other guys but to do this I had to give the swim and run a back seat. I’m not sure if that’s the way it’ll always have to be and in a way I have to let the 1:10’s and the 3min K’s go a little bit in order to be good at Ironman but right now the next move is to try to bring my swim and run back up while maintaining/improving my biking. I think the only way to do that is to train smarter become more disciplined and keep putting in the hard work.

One of the main changes I’m making next year is I’ll change coaches. Mat Steinmetz from Boulder has been really instrumental in getting me competitive in 70.3 racing and was perfect for me starting out and it’s been a pleasure to work with him. I learnt so much from him and want to thank him for that and I’d recommend him to anyone looking to really get going in Non Drafting triathlon. Problem was I’m unlikely to be around Boulder next year and will be spending more time at home with the family so it’s not a viable option now.

11 years on from when we first met, I’ll now be joining forces with Mark Pearce. We’ve had a lot to do with each other because he used to be our sports scientist at Loughborough and more recently head coach of the high performance division at Loughborough University. Now he’s independent from British Triathlon and starting his own thing at Intelligent Triathlon Training and I’m really excited to finally get to work together. After a handful of meetings I’m really sold on what he can do for my performance and really impressed with the level professionalism so far. He’s also looking for new clients and athletes for our swim squad up in Loughborough so get in touch…

2015 will bring new challenges for me as it’s going to be the first year where I have a real crack at Ironman. I’m really, really excited to try it but to be honest have no idea what I’m letting myself in for and quite apprehensive. I’m not really letting myself think about the fact it’s almost a 4k swim, 180k bike and a bloody marathon! I’m just doing it…They all say the jump from Olympic Distance to 70.3 is a lot smoother then that of 70.3 – Ironman and I have full respect for the distance so going into it realising I’m going to have a lot to learn to master this distance.  Watch any ironman and you’ll see how easy it is to muck it up!

Anyway, next year my aim is to qualify for Ironman World Champs in Kona and try to post a good strong performance there. I already have 1600 points before 2015 even starts which is a nice advantage so I’m hoping it’ll just take 1 Ironman to qualify. I think that one will be in South Africa in March with a back up in Lanzarote.

For my last race of the season I took a trip to Silverman 70.3 in Las Vegas. I’m not going to write much about it because it was a nightmare. I got sick on the flight on the way over, slept bad on the first night and then pulled out of the race after a drafting penalty! I wasn’t ever in it mentally after my win in Lanzarote 70.3. It took a lot out of my head that race because I pushed so hard and when I went back onto the course to cheer on my friends on the run course I was actually happy I wasn’t racing any more! It was SOO HOT and brutal! Anyway, I was also there with 6 others to celebrate one of my best buddies Stag parties. So we actually got a lot out of the trip in the end… Some very big nights out, a bit of racing in a Lambo and well…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so we’ll leave it there shall we? As soon as I got back I checked straight into Ragdale Hall spa with my wife to recover…what else do you need to make you want to get fit again?!

After 3/4 weeks off I’m now spending a few weeks in Sands Beach with my friends getting some shape back. I’m not too unfit after my month of dossing about and feel like I’m starting from a good place. I’m in no rush though, this is the nice part of the years training. I took some snaps below of the past month. Check it out :)