Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh Bike Course Recce

All three courses, swim bike and run, on the Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 have changed since the original maps were posted at the launch of this event.  We're told the final routes are in place but no-one can be certain.

I ran the run route (the old run route!) back in January.  The new iteration is not so different as to give me many concerns, but I will walk it before the event.

However, the swim and the bike are on routes mostly new to me, so a recce was always going to be valuable.  I hope you'll find the info useful too.

Virus Affects Endurance Athletes

"I have had this conversation with eight of the athletes I coach",  Joe Beer told me.  "It's rife. I've never known anything quite like it".

My local Doctor pretty much confirmed Joe's anecdotal observations.  "We've seen several types of Glandular Fever going around recently", she said, "you might have one of those."

[Edit: I'm delighted to say that as of 13th May I seem to be all clear.  The blood test was negative, my power has returned and the sore throat faded.  Back to training for IM70.3 Staffs and Edinburgh].

Thank goodness for my training diary.  I've been riding less than two hours at a time because of a persistent cough, sore throat and occasional tiredness bordering on lethargy.

Triathlete in Scotland? Do This.

If you're doing a long course triathlon in 2017, please give serious consideration to doing this swim.  I did it last year and wrote about it on my Ironman blog.  It was a genuine challenge which I honestly did not know I could complete.  But after that, I could take on anything.  

So when I stood on the start lines of my half and full Ironman races last year I was actually looking forward to those swims.  They held no fear because, after all, I had swum the Sound of Mull.  

Entry is by donation - give what you can.

[Edit - this was a SUPERB day, with many swimmers far exceeding limits many would normally set themselves.  Take a look at the photos from this event, then follow Highland Open Water Swim on Facebook to make sure you don't miss future swims.]

Sunart Swim & Kayak

We had a safe and successful weekend of open water swimming based at Resole Campsite on Loch Sunart, raising money for the Children with Cancer charity.  It was the second event this year organised by (the first was Corran) and 35 swimmers took part.  They were ferried by RIB across the loch to swim back to the campsite.

The swims are building to the main challenge, swimming across the busy shipping lane that is the Sound of Mull on 6th May.  That's just 2 weeks away.  I'm responsible for finding the kayakers, so fingers crossed everyone turns up.  Any kayaker reading this who'd like to take part, please get in touch - I can promise you a great day and your help will be invaluable.

There are a few photos in this slideshow but you can find more on Flickr

Created with flickr slideshow.

Two Slow Release Energy Drinks - Any Good?

Over recent months I've been trying two energy drinks which claim to be different from most out there.

Specifically, these aim to deliver energy more slowly than the typical sugar drinks.  

Why would you want that?  Partly it's to see whether they could compliment regular nutrition during a race, where you're frequently burning more carbohydrate (from sugar) than you're able to take in.

Also it's to help on fasted and low-carb training runs and rides, designed to encourage fat metabolism. This fat-burning isn't to loose weight (although it helps) but to encourage the body to turn to the plentiful layer of fat already carried and use it as a source of fuel.

Review - Pearl Izumi WxB Rain Jacket, Cut For Cycling

I wrote about this Pearl Izumi jacket last year.

Having ridden and run in it for a few winter months I now feel I can add to my original thoughts.

Oh, and since I'm part of the Pearl Izumi Champion team you need to know that I paid full price for this piece of kit, which I bought online from a regular retailer.  In no way do I feel obliged to say nice things about it.

The Elite WxB is a damn good training jacket suitable for all weather, but not for everyone.

Here's why.