South Africa

February 25th, 2016 by

team photo

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well. At the moment I’m sitting in my apartment with my feet up in South Africa trying to ride out a bit of illness picked up somehow/somewhere. I’m not sure what it is with this place. I really love it, the weather is unbeatable, you have amazing food and wine, natural beauty, good friends. 24 Rand to the £ also helps but I do find it super hard here to put in the work. I’m off home next week back to my house in Leicestershire where I hope to get my consistency back that I had before I came out here with the Charnwood Riot.

beach SA

In general the winter has gone pretty much perfectly to plan, I’ve had a couple of great camps in Lanzarote at Sands Beach including our annual team camp. It was amazing to catch up with the gang again, and of course receive all the amazing new product from our top sponsors. Big thanks to the Wolfs for organising another great few years for the team, I’m excited to be part of it.

At the end of January I also raced my first 70.3 of the year in South Africa. After a good start to my winter in training I have to say I was expecting to deliver a much better performance then 7th but unfortunately I had nothing to give. I was rusty, under-prepared and tired from a completely mad travel schedule the days before and I didn’t set myself up well at all. Lesson learnt on that one.

Running with Sofie

My ambitions this year are to firstly Qualify for Kona and then deliver my best possible performance over there. There will be some 70.3’s along the way that I hope to perform in as preparation events but those are the two big ones. I think Ironman Brazil will be my target race to qualify but we will have to see what coach Luc Van Lierde says and when he thinks I can be ready.

Hope everyone has the season they wish for.





Winter training, Laurent Vidal, Sands Beach.

December 5th, 2015 by


All in all it’s been a fairly decent start to my winter training. I had around 8 weeks of un-interrupted training with the Luc Van Lierde programme and I was chuffed because I didn’t miss a thing and I was going pretty well as a result of it. I took a trip to Belgium to visit Luc and we did some lactate testing for Swim, Bike and Run and actually we identified that even after a 13 week lay off aerobically I was still in pretty good shape but my max lactate was low and that is what i’ve been working on since. So not heaps of volume and some quite intense training to get that back up.

I’m now in Lanzarote for a 17 day camp at home from home, Sands Beach. Weather wise it’s a solid 20-25’c, the warmest possible in Europe at this time of year. I really love it here. 25m pool literally on my door step, great riding in the mountains and some interesting off road running. It has everything you need and now i’ve been here so often I know the island and many people on the island to make it more fun. It’s a funny place to train. It sucks you in and spits you out. I’d dead excited to be out here again but I guarantee you after 10 days I’ll be creeping! I’ll be desperate to go home after 14 days and then after 2 days at home I’ll be wishing I was back out. 

I started to make some plans for the year. After Xmas I’ll come back out to Lanzarote with BMC Etixx for our annual team camp for two weeks. I’ll be home for a day before heading out to South Africa for the East London 70.3 and a 5 week training camp in Stellenbosch afterwards. I need to get in a big Ironman performance this year as I have 0 points so I hope to race twice in Brazil for the 70.3 and the Ironman a month later.

Not everything has been going that well though. Recently we had to say good bye to my friend Laurent Vidal. Laurent was one of my closest friends on the circuit and I knew him for around 12 years. We raced in many teams together for EJOT and Lagerdere. We had many close races, hung out a lot and he even came to my wedding 5 years ago. His death hit the Triathlon community very hard showing just what a great guy he was and how many lives he touched. I’ll miss him a lot and I’m thinking of Andrea and the Vidal family every day.

Between that and 5 days later the Paris attacks I also got hit by a car which is always a laugh…For once it wasn’t my fault as I was coming round a big roundabout and the lady didn’t take the time to look and drove straight into the side of me. By now I know how to crash so luckily I only walked away with a broken finger and a fractured/very bruised rib. If you saw my bike you would think the cyclist it belonged to would be a lot worse off. I let my guard down, I assumed she had seen me but she hadn’t. My advice is if you always assume the driver is going to do the stupid thing so you’re prepared for whatever happens then you’ll save yourself a lot of crashes.

Back to the drawing board…

October 23rd, 2015 by



I hope everyone had a fantastic season and you were able to enjoy a nice long break afterwards to recover!

If you’ve not been following me, I wrote off the last half of the season as I was getting burnt and racing wise was no good to anyone in the end. My Psychologist made the decision in the end to pull the plug on the year and take what was essentially  career break. Otherwise I’d have probably taken a week and carried on ending up in a worse place. I’m pleased I did now, It gave me the time and the space to think and reflect and my body feels much, much fresher and I’m certainly way more motivated to reach my best level yet.

I didn’t do much exciting on my break, to be honest all the time that I used to train was replaced with doing my bit looking after my son and spending time with family. Which to be fair is much harder then training! I was so busy I didn’t miss training that much and it took me a long time to feel fresh again because it’s not that easy chasing after a toddler. However I did escape to Ibiza for 5 days for the usual end of season blow out and tell you what…once you go there, 3 days later you can’t wait to get back on the bike smash around in the Charnwood Hills again!

So I’ve been back into it for the best part of 6 weeks now. I spent 3 weeks hovering around 10hrs a week getting the legs moving again after the long 12 weeks lay off and now back into the routine of training properly again. It feels good to be back fit and healthy again. I’m really motivated after such a long break and fired up after watching all the big races of the year happen on the screen instead of being there racing myself so in a good place right now to push hard for the season.  Normally I’d aim to start back by November the 1st, its a strange feeling being raring to go already with 3 decent weeks under my belt but I have to be patient and stick to the plan! It’s still a year till the big dance and if I push hard now I can easily be flying by January!

In other news I’ve been a coach slut again… I’m now working with Luc Van Lierde. (he’s a bit of a legend, Google him…) I wasn’t looking to change at first but my Uplace BMC team manager managed to persuade me that this would be a important move and an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best Ironman athletes ever and already a proven coach. We’ve met up a few times in Belgium, once for Lactate testing and I’m really, really impressed and positive that it was a good move. There is also an obvious link with our Belgium based team so all support can centralised. Only thing I need to work on is my Flemish I guess…

I want to thank Mark Pearce for his support this year. He’s a super coach, great guy and one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable coaches around. I really rate him and don’t think he had a fair run at coaching me in the end.

I’ll keep you updated!