2020 review – racing/training summary

2020 - let's not try too hard to remember it. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster of a year, and I know lots of people have really suffered in a number of ways. But, there's still been plenty to smile about. The real silver lining probably being that this post might be shorter than … Continue reading 2020 review – racing/training summary

Dorney Olympic triathlon – 06/09/20

6 months! I've got no idea how 6 months passed since I last entertained the world with tales of weird flat cap finance guy v. the world of triathlon. Some of you are probably aware that we've had a small pandemic on the go, and quite rightly people have been focusing on more important things … Continue reading Dorney Olympic triathlon – 06/09/20

Cape Peninsula Half Marathon – 16/02/20

Good morning/afternoon sports fans. Yet another slightly longer gap between posts. Not me being lazy this time, just no real races of note to report on, and nobody wants to hear 'I ran x miles on Monday followed by swimming x miles on Tuesday etc etc' - people only read to hear about me making … Continue reading Cape Peninsula Half Marathon – 16/02/20

2019 review – racing/training summary

2019 is already well and truly in the books, but I've been enjoying my Christmas pudding and mince pies far too much, so there's been a short delay in publishing the much anticipated 'how much training and racing does a semi-mediocre 'athlete' do in a year' post. For those of those of you bored at … Continue reading 2019 review – racing/training summary

Valencia Marathon – 01/12/2019

As reported on these pages, as well as in various national and international press publications, 2019 hasn’t entirely gone to plan for Joe Spraggins. Seemingly never-ending waves of viral fatigue, bouts of depression and just a general attitude of can’t be arsed has led to a decline in fitness and results to match. However, the … Continue reading Valencia Marathon – 01/12/2019

Surrey Half – 11/03/2019 (1:30 pacer)

March already? Crikey. Pancake day has gone, colleagues in the office have already given up on their lent targets, and runners everywhere are starting to realise that the spring marathons are just around the corner. Quite unbelievably, someone told me that I needed to blog more. No, it wasn't my Mum, she doesn't count. So … Continue reading Surrey Half – 11/03/2019 (1:30 pacer)

Wokingham half marathon – 24/02/2019

Blimey - it's been nearly 2 months since I've blogged! I've been bombarded with daily messages during that time, asking what an earth is going on. Writers block? Endurance sport retirement? The honest trust - I've actually been concentrating on doing some training. Well, there's a first time for everything. It hasn't been a completely … Continue reading Wokingham half marathon – 24/02/2019

2018 training/racing summary

Right then- another year in the books. I've done one of these 'little' reviews every year, so I can't break the streak now (sounding like the crazy endurance addict that I am). 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 posts can be revisited. They all offer a thrilling read. You'd be a fool to miss out. The … Continue reading 2018 training/racing summary

Ironman World Championship 2018 – Run

**This is the 3rd post detailing my race at the 2018 Ironman World Championships. You can find the swim here and the bike here** Excellent. We (me physically, you mentally) have successfully negotiated the swim and the bike, with just my bread and butter to come. The run. That’s where it all began for me, … Continue reading Ironman World Championship 2018 – Run

Ironman World Championship 2018 – Bike

**This is the 2nd post detailing my race at the 2018 Ironman World Championships. You can find the swim here** Where were we? Oh yes. Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Slightly stocky, very annoying bloke from Essex who keeps wearing a flat cap everywhere because he thinks it’s funny has survived the swim and is … Continue reading Ironman World Championship 2018 – Bike