12 weeks to go
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by john sutton
1M ago
Looked at baldly, 12 weeks to go until Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz seems like no time at all. In less than 3 months, all being well, I’ll be standing on the shore of the Ullibarri-Gamboa reservoir int Basque Country in my wetsuit waiting in the queue of neoprene clad hopefuls to start my 9th Ironman. But, right ..read more
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The Running Shoe Mileage Myth
Irontwit
by john sutton
2M ago
How many miles have these running shoes covered? 100 miles? 200? Would it surprise you to discover that they have just hit the 500 mile mark?  According to Runners World, I have reached the end of the road with these shoes and need to be replacing them in order to optimise performance and avoid running ..read more
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First Shoots Of Spring
Irontwit
by john sutton
3M ago
The snowdrops are in full bloom in our garden, their white petals defiantly standing out against the dead leaves and left over mulch from the winter. More surprisingly, a few purple croci have ventured out hoping that spring is indeed on the way and we’re not going to have any more winter depressions winging across ..read more
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The Weight Issue
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by john sutton
4M ago
Dry January, Veganuary, RED January (run every day), New Year’s resolutions and so on, January has been associated with fresh starts and new beginnings since forever. For sporting folk it’s the time to stop the excess of the previous month and focus on racing goals for the coming year. I always regard January 1st as ..read more
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The Tally
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by john sutton
5M ago
Veloviewer is a superb addition to Strava that allows you to dig deep into the data generated by Strava and track your progress in multiple different ways. I’ve subscribed to it for many years and will continue to do so. At the end of the year Veloviewer produces a nice infographic to display your stats ..read more
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How fast can I go?
Irontwit
by john sutton
5M ago
My main target for 2024 is Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz. This will be my 9th Ironman and my 3rd IMVG. In 2022, my Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz was memorable for 3 reasons. Firstly, I knocked half an hour off my previous personal best time. Secondly, it was the first time I went under 13 hours (12:59:36). Finally, the race ..read more
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Staying Relevant
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by john sutton
5M ago
Alastair Campbell said of Henry Kissinger on a recent episode of “The Rest Is Politics” podcast that for him, as he aged, staying relevant was what mattered. Pragmatism came at the expense of any definable political philosophy and as he faded from the world stage, he used provocation through his words and writings to remain ..read more
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2023 – Back Down To Earth
Irontwit
by john sutton
7M ago
It was always going to be hard to beat 2022. Last year I achieved personal bests at Ironman and Half Ironman, took part in 8 triathlons (a record) including my first ever relay and qualified for the GB Age Group Team. For 2023, I needed to recharge, and my family needed to recharge. So, my ..read more
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Carbon Literacy Training For People Involved In Sport
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by john sutton
7M ago
This is not a post about triathlon, but it’s definitely relevant to triathletes. Part of my day job is delivering Carbon Literacy training to lots of people in the public sector such as local councils and schools. Lately, because of my love of sport, I have been delivering courses to the sports industry including stadium ..read more
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In The Footsteps Of The Legionaries
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by john sutton
7M ago
It had probably been over 20 years since I last visited Hadrian’s Wall. Indeed, the prospect of heading north to the old border and actually taking part in a race along it was something of real excitement for me. I’ve always been in love the open Northumbrian countryside and I have been meaning to find ..read more
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