Blogging a bit more often than I have been doing would seem to be the right thing to do, now I’ve kind of dragged my backside out of my endurance racing sabbatical. Perhaps someone out there is still interested in … Continue reading →

Glentress 7 and the Blur CC

My journey back towards race fitness continued this weekend at the Glentress 7. Unsurprisingly it’s a 7 hour race on a lapped course just up the road at the brilliant Glentress forest. There was little chance of me making an … Continue read…

Midweek Madness round 1

There aren’t many things that can beat riding a mountain bike on hard, dry, fast woodland trails. Even when you’re in the middle of a one hour cross-country race, you’re sucking in air from the next county and you’re trying … Continue reading &#8…

Kirroughtree Hillbilly Duathlon

I knew the Kirroughtree Hillbilly Duathlon was going to hurt. I knew that subjecting my less-than enthusiastic, relatively-untrained legs to a fast 10k run then a fast 18k mountain bike ride wasn’t going to be easy but I also knew … Continue read…

It’s time.

It’s now been 6 months since my family and I moved up to Scotland. It’s been brilliant – we’re still settling in really but all the anxieties that we had early on have pretty-much gone now. And summer is just … Continue reading →

Strathpuffer 2018

“How do people live in Alaska?” “How do people put up with this every day?” “Why is my brew stuck to the ground?” “Jesus Christ, why does the heater not work?” These were just some of the hundreds of inane … Continue reading →

Strathpuffer weatherwatch / bellywatch

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so under-prepared for a 24 hour bike race. I’ve not been completely lazy since arriving in Scotland, but I’ve not done anything that I’d call ‘training’, nor have I been making an effort to … Continue reading

Start of a new chapter

Well, that was difficult. We’ve finally moved house. Normally moving house is hard but this move was insane really. I suppose when you have a situation that gradually becomes more and more of a headache, by the time the really … Continue reading

10 at Kirroughtree

I thought that 10 hours of laps around a rocky trail centre would be brilliant fun on a long-travel, steel hardtail with downhill tyres. Like I’d said in my previous post, I’d entered the 10@Kirroughtree race several weeks ago when … Continue reading

Tour De Mon and the 10@Kirroughtree not-bothered-what-the-weather-does weatherwatch

I’ve spent a lot of time on the Isle of Anglesey in the past 40-something years. When I was a child I’d more or less be there permanently through the school holidays and most weekends during term time. I thought … Continue reading