“I was exhausted. I wanted it all to end. My legs were empty, my resolve was spent and my spirit was broken. I didn’t have anything left in me to go on. Stopping, I flaked out at the side of the trail, barely an inch away from where people were treading past. I didn’t care. […]Read More Maxi Race: much more than a DNF
Preface I have never finished last before. Milarrochy Bay Swim Festival Loch Lomond was like a mill pond, twinkling every time the sun broke through the clouds. What a beautiful morning and a glorious setting for my first ever open water swim festival. The hills and mountains ringing the loch were looking resplendent in their […]Read More I Finished Last!
Blending Family Fun with Outdoor Adventure I was recently up in the Cairngorms with Jo and the kids for a short break which we packed full of outdoor adventure. Since having kids we found our wings clipped quite dramatically, but over time, as we’ve adjusted to the new life of being parents, we’ve begun to see how we […]Read More A Family Adventure in the Cairngorms
Today the penultimate stage of le Tour de France heads up the most famous climb in the Tour; Alpe d’Huez. 21 hairpin bends snaking impossibly up a relentless and stunning mountainside. 4 years ago Jo and I were working for a cycling tour operator. On a rare morning off we got a lift down to […]Read More Running Alpe d’Huez
After a few trips to Bardowie Loch for some open water swim sessions, I was delighted to be back in the Alps for some proper outdoor swimming. Lac de Passy near Chamonix was a perfect spot for family swimming and paddling, as well as digging in the beach! The views to the Mont Blanc Massif were […]Read More Open Water Swimming (Haute Savoie)
Since Jo and I became parents over 18 months ago I have struggled to work out where and how we can find the time to train for running ultras. There are pros and cons to everything in life and while the pros far outweigh the cons, the one downside to sharing a love of trailrunning […]Read More Ultrarunning and being a parent
We recently started attending open water swimming sessions at Bardowie Loch, hosted by Vigour Events. We first attended back in January and we mightily unprepared for what was to follow. We arrived with no more gear other than our swimming trunks/costumes. Thankfully we were able to hire a wetsuit, but we were without any under-layers, […]Read More Open Water Swimming (Scotland)