Race your age? Age of peak performance in different events

(Fauja Singh world record holder for marathon in the over 90 age group) Observational reports in sports from triathlon and running report that athletes of different ages win over different distance. This report, Tracking Career Performance of Successful Triathletes, looked at individuals finishing in top positions on the ITU triathlon circuit. It reports that performance…

Foot posture and Injury risk

An interesting article in the BJSM reports “Foot pronation is not associated with increased injury risk in novice runners wearing a neutral shoe“. This 12 month observational study looked at differences injury rates between runners with a neutral foot posture and those that pronate or supinate. This basically means how much your foot rolls in…

A different challenge: ötillö 2014

ÖTILLÖ – The Swimrun World Championship “Ranked as one of the toughest endurance races in the world” Monday, September 1st 2014 I often take inspiration thinking about my grandfather who flew aircraft during the Battle of Britain. He was often describe as a very brave man which is no doubt the case. He was eventually…

Pacing to perform in Kona

How do the highest performing age group athletes pace their races? A new observational study from Johnson et al in the Journal or Science and Medicine in sport, highlights where the best performing athletes stand out. They took 40 athletes at the 2012 Ironman World championships in Kona and measured heart rate and speed throughout…

I’m not who I tried to be: Closing the Dundee Chapter

“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a…

Project Norseman 2014

Two years ago a well known ‘nutter’ Stuart Macleod told me about a race they were planning. It would be called Celtman, after the Isklar Noresman that inspired it and it would be the hardest most dangerous triathlon on the planet. My life went totally crazy after that, terrible lows and massive highs and inspirational…