Ultra events are just about keeping going. One foot in front of the other, right? Wrong. This would be fine, if the race had no cut off, but as most race directors actually like to go home sometimes, there will always be time limits. Some cut offs can be a little deceiving though. You may… Continue reading Ultra Faffing
The countdown app on my phone tells me it’s 3 weeks and 6 days until DecaMan USA. That sounds like ages still, but my concept of time has always been a little off. On the 18th October 2015, I flew to Mexico (which was fairly terrifying in itself, as I’m not the best flyer) to… Continue reading 3 weeks, 6 days…
I finally know what causes the pain in my lower back during bike rides over 20 miles. At around that time, the skin goes numb in the lumbar region, also my toes go numb. About 5 miles later, the pain starts. The only way is stops, is by getting off the bike. So, what I think… Continue reading Touching a nerve.
I announced to the world (ok, Facebook) that I was going to Embrace The Recumbent a while back and I had every intention of doing so… Honestly. Ok, I may have still been dreaming of the day when I could ride a road bike, pain (ish) free again. I’m not very good at giving up… Continue reading Denial? Maybe.
This time next week we will be in Lanzarote for my next attempt at a one-a-day Deca (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26 mile run, every day). This will be the forth time I have tried to do this and there is a good chance it won’t be the last… Why? Because it’s… Continue reading And go again.
So, this has obviously not gone as planned and I definitely didn’t get the Deca finish I wanted… but what I have got out of the whole experience has still been pretty life changing. Aside from the cold water, realistically my food issues were always going to stop me from finishing a Deca. I was… Continue reading Just f*cking eat!
We have arrived at Allerthorpe Lake and the main tent is up! Just a load of boxes of food and kit to sort out and we are ready to go! I’m pretty nervous as you would expect, but I feel like I have fighting chance this time. I know there will be tears (there always is… Continue reading The night before…
There’s only about 20 days left until my 3rd attempt at the Deca and I am definitely becoming Deca-Brained again… Some of you will know already that my recce of the Bedford venue showed that the bike route was a serious no go. It was a small lap (similar to Deca UK – Dorney) but… Continue reading Gulp.
10 standard triathlons in 10 days. Not big or clever but really good training, both physically and mentally. Good for… • Training my brain to not make excuses when it’s gets tough. • Working out new and inventive ways to fit training into my already busy days (run to gym, do spin class, then swim and… Continue reading Mental.
January is a rubbish month but a busy one for Brutal. People often ask me what I do in the off season and it’s a pretty dull answer – Admin. And lots of it. The behind the scenes stuff for events is boring but very necessary. Forms, risk assessments, event plans, meetings etc etc. Training… Continue reading Ups and downs…