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HUSBAND, FATHER, WRITER, PAINTER and ageing athlete who hasn’t quite hung up the lycra.

And so it begins.

As alluded to previously, I had a good Christmas. Knowing that in the New Year I was going to deprive myself of a lot of bad stuff for a while; I over indulged. I have no problem with that. That said I did get a little shock when I weighed myself on New Years Day.…
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Hawaii Five O

Never really watched the TV series back in the 70’s. More of a Starsky and Hutch, Kojack fan. Even enjoyed the occasional Colombo. But Hawaii five O suits my needs. That’s the plan. Don’t know if it’s going to come off but I am going to try. I am not trying to go back just…
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2015 – Injuries Bike Racing and an Ironman.

The water is warm and clear. We have just swum over the seemingly endless green carpet of sea grass and are now into the shallow surf zone. As I turn to breathe out I see my competitors’ feet touch the fine pale limestone sand of Alcudia Bay and then start to run. I try to…
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Ironman Switzerland 2014

The warm water pouring in over the neoprene neckline would normally help me relax and prepare for the nonsense to come. Today as my head bobbed back above the water and I surveyed the hoards amassing along the small sloping beach in front of me, it did nothing for my mood.   It was about…
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The Good the Bad and the Ugly Kilkee 2014

The Good Sometime back in the early 2000’s I watched my first triathlon.  It was The Hell of the West in Kilkee.  My brother was giving this extreme sport a go. I was curious.  Alongside him, there were about 60 other hardy souls fronting up for the challenge. It was a big race and an…
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Loot & Youth

The Fingal Tri Club’s Skerries Triathlon. I have always enjoyed my trips up to Wheelworx.  And it’s not just all the lacquered carbon and shiny chrome about the place.  I invariably end up reminiscing with Rob about our trips to Kona and the Ironman races we have done. His enthusiasm for the sport is infectious.…
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If you can’t run for a while – there is a lot to be said for making a SHARK ROCKET.

At the age of forty-seven I realised I’d never Ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in my hair.   Nor was it something I could have contemplated at thirty seven, the age Mrs. Jordan was when it first dawned on her too and maybe it would not have been possible…
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Treadmills Anonymous

A good few years ago I was lucky enough to pick up a reasonably good “domestic” treadmill in a New Year sale. Treadmills are not cheap but you can still get a decent one for less than the price of a carbon race wheel. In fact I only had one race wheel at the time.…
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