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I somehow managed to pull both my calves swimming!

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 22:23


You ran first. It almost always happens to me if I do that

Warm up

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 08:13

Most helpful thing would be to do a good long calf stretch immediately after all runs, and maybe a very gentle stretch before.

Race day nutrition

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 22:09

Maybe she was constipated?

Pirate spotting

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 19:50

Pirate spotted about 5 minutes ago in T1 on the Kona live feed

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 12:29

We know what we mean...! 

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:25

Thanks, Slotwin, and I remember having a nice, calming chat at the peg bags - it was good to meet you!

IM Wales 2016 --- Who's in?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 08:15

Hi Thommo, I think we talked about this last year after we both DNFd in the swim, and I'm so sorry it happened to you again. If you look at the times, this year's swim was almost as bad as last year, and by the end for us slower peeps, the swell was huge - we just didn't have the massive breakers added in this time. 

I know how it feels to be driven on by a DNF, and tried to do whatever I could to prepare this year, though the sea was far too calm whenever I got there! I realised I would never train on my own in rough conditions, so entered the LCW swim and a couple of the salty sea dog Long swims near Bournemouth. Despite always having calm conditions, they did help my confidence and allowed me to practice relaxing into the swell etc. Cost me a fortune and lots of travel time, though. I did also get some technique coaching but frankly don't feel it's worth it when a rough sea in a wetsuit is a world apart from a laned pool (though I did more of that too). Also masses of self-talk into blocking the negative thoughts that seemed central to last year's trouble.

You may be right leaving it for a year, but whenever you do go for it, over-prepare mentally and physically, and you'll be thrilled you did!

Broken bits & metalwork

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 07:59

When metalwork is removed, the screw holes leave the bone relatively weak and vulnerable to fracture for some months afterwards. In addition, all removal of metalwork risks complications, ranging from minor ones like making the scar worse or tender, through infection etc, and up to major disasters like clobbering the major vessels or nerve plexus that are just behind the clavicle. They are unlikely to occur, but you need to think how you and your nearest & dearest would feel if they did. I always advise leaving metalwork in unless there is a very good reason for taking it out

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:30

And of course well done to everyone who even made it to the start line 

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:29

Just a late check-in from me.

Big thanks to Seren and Barley for their vociferous and energising support, despite the fact that I wasn't in Pirate kit. Special mention also to Blisters who gave me a boost when I met him on the Saturday - I was feeling a bit wretched at the time, having been up half the night with an upset stomach, and was struggling on a very gentle run. I don't know what you said, Blisters, but I started feeling better after that!

I got what I had hoped for out of the race - conquered my swim demons and made it through this time! The rest went ok too, though gut rot returned for the run - sounds like I wasn't alone. 

It was a bit irritating to find out I was only 5 seconds behind my AG winner, but this was always going to be my last IM, as long as I finished, so maybe it's as well I wasn't 6 seconds quicker!

Sorry to those I missed, and especially to Slim who I was hoping to see a bit more of, though you were suffering by the time we spotted each other.

now what?!

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