The New Year has started with the first of a long string of consecutive weekends of racing. Over the past few years I have trained very specifically for just a few key races, but this year I'm using racing much more as part of my training. The first major target of the year is London Marathon (in 15 weeks). Between now and then I only have 3 weekends without a race. Over the next 15 weeks I'll be racing 7 cross country races, 4 half marathons and one off-road duathlon.

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After 5 years in France, and after much deliberation and discussion, having considered many factors we have decided that this year is the time for us to move back to England. The move to France was never meant to be permanent and there are many good reasons to move back this year. So here is the WHY, WHERE and WHEN...

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So here it is... I've given the blog a new design. Just a bit of fun so don't take it too seriously! The drawings are based on a selection of photos from the past few years, mostly from my first Ironman in France 2007.

In terms of training, things are picking up after the winter break. I'm getting in a run or mountain bike ride almost every day, with a solid 2 hour run on Sundays. All aerobic, just getting a solid base for the rest of the year. I've entered Cannes half for February 14th which will be my first test for the year - looking forward to it.

After a long time with no blogging from me, I've decided to get the back to posting regular blog posts. It's going to be a busy and interesting year as we will be moving back to England. New clubs to join, new races to enter...

In terms of recent activity, I've had a fairly easy few months since the sub 3 hour marathon and I'm now just getting back into some more serious training with a view to doing another marathon in April (another good reason to choose now to start blogging again).

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05/04/2011 12:44:10
#ff here's one for all the #triathlon fans out there. #thriathlete @todd_leckie who we hope will be competing at London 2012 #olympics
25/03/2011 09:45:29
Can't wait for my new specialized stumpjumper HT mountain bike to arrive next week.
20/10/2010 16:06:48
A new Challenge race in the UK mid September next year! Would it be too much to do this and IMUK next year?
21/09/2010 19:18:53
Thinking about main race targets for next year. How does this sound?... London marathon, Ironman UK and South Downs Way 100 mile (run).
16/08/2010 19:33:36

Hey, check out Mat's
personal best times...

5 km 00:17:49
5 miles 00:28:54
10 km 00:36:58
10 miles 01:03:28
half marathon 01:20:37
30 km 02:04:01
marathon 02:59:55
54 miles 08:50:55 (L2B)
100 km 11:35:53
100 miles 20:42:36
145 miles 42:06:00 (GUCR)
24 hours 181.1 km (track)

Olympic Tri 02:18:34
Half Ironman 05:04:21
Ironman Tri 10:49:39