SLATEMAN TRIATHLON 2015

SLATEMAN TRIATHLON 2015

So there it is, first triathlon of 2015 completed, its always a relief to get the first one out of the way, I find pre race nerves are always a little heightened, but soon as the start gun goes all that disappears and race auto pilot takes control.

What better place to kick things off than Llanberis, Snowdonia and the amazing Slateman triathlon. It really has a big race atmosphere, friendly feel, great competition and an awesome course. Over 1200 people took part in the race on Sunday, long may this continue.

RACE

The race is short and fast by my usual standards so pre race goals were short and sweet. A better swim, hold back a little on the bike and finish with a strong run. Last year I was 178th out of the water and finished 27th, I had to really hammer the bike for that, hence all the work on swimming through winter. Read more

CELTMAN TRAINING CAMP, TORRIDON

CELTMAN TRAINING CAMP, TORRIDON

As I write this blog, we are just under 8 weeks out from the Celtman, the first main race of the season. The way I structure my training means I am currently deep into the build phase of my program. Race specific challenging workouts are the key during this phase, the previous months of training have all been keyed to get to this point ready for some serious work. I believe it is the next 3/4 weeks training, will ultimately make the difference on race day. It means a little more rest between sessions/blocks but we need this to get stronger. Luckily race specific for me means more time in the mountains, hills and lakes. Time for a trip to Torridon to test the fitness on the Celtman course, cant get more specific than that! :)

CHRIS

The forecast for the 4 day trip was not great but after the amazing weather of the last 2 weeks I decided it would be a good test and toughen me up a bit. During the 4 days we had everything from sunshine, snow, wind and rain. Very different to last year, it was back to full winter in the hills but at no point did the weather or conditions interfere with the quality of training. The weather gods played ball but still threw a few tests our way to keep us on our toes. Read more

WHINLATTER XTREME DUATHLON

WHINLATTER XTREME DUATHLON

After a winter of very successful training and hard work it felt great to be back racing again. Such an amazing race to kick off the season as well, loads of hills and a very technical course, another High Terrain Events masterpiece, it certainly lives up to its name and has to be the hardest (most fun?) of its type in the U.K. It was also my first multisport race since the Wasdale Triathlon way back in September, so I felt a little more nervous than usual standing on the start line. I knew the field had some great athletes racing this year so it would be a very good test of where the winters work had left me.

The format is 9km fell/mountain run, 25km MTB and 9km trail/fell to finish, with over 1600m of ascent/descent. The summits of Grisedale Pike, Seat How, Lords Seat and Barf are all visited on the runs.

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THE BIG WEEK, TRAINING FOR CELTMAN/NORSEMAN DOUBLE

THE BIG WEEK, TRAINING FOR CELTMAN/

NORSEMAN DOUBLE

CHRIS

Apologies for the lack of blogging recently but that does usually mean I have been up to plenty, training has to take priority and keeping focused is key, as I was reminded by a few friends recently. If man calls you a horse call him a fool, but if two do buy yourself a saddle..or at least get sat on the bike one. :)

We have had the Big Day blog, so here is the big week, a training camp of sorts but no traveling involved. The Lake District provides all I need for the races that inspire me so as always I do my best to use it, sometimes even the weather plays ball! If not no worries, at least come race day I can welcome whatever conditions are thrown at me, knowing I have trained in worse. Read more

EXTRACTS FROM THE TRAINING DIARY SO FAR!

EXTRACTS FROM THE TRAINING DIARY SO FAR!

RUN

Well it has been a busy few months since kicking off training in Dec after a relaxed Oct and Nov. The diary was not filled in during Nov but I did a little swimming, biking and running, taking it steady and just enjoying myself. I knew it would be a good idea to reset with the season goals I had in mind, I already knew what I wanted to do in September and luckily it all came together! I took 1 complete week off but with no injuries/niggles I did not feel I needed any more, just a very reduced volume for about 6 weeks to make sure I came into winter training fresh, motivated and ready.

The end of February will mark 3 months of proper training so far. Year on year I have increased total hours training a little over the months, the goal for February will be Read more

LOCH GU LOCH, BREAKING THE ICE!!!

LOCH GU LOCH, BREAKING THE ICE!!!

Sometimes a race comes along and captures the imagination,  you know you will have to do as it has all the elements that you look for in an adventure, combined with a racing environment. Loch Gu Loch is one of those races!

CHRIS1Does it catch your attention?? Inspired by the famous OtillO Swim Run in Sweden, we will swim 8.5km and run 63km in a continuous point to point journey from Urquhart Castle on the shores of Lochness to Fort Augustus in the south. The running is at least 95% on a variety of trails and the swim begins with a 2km crossing of Lochness and finishes on the banks of Fort Augustus Abbey. The word EPIC is not enough, this is going to be some day out! Read more

THE BIG DAY

THE BIG DAY

TBD1

STRIDING EDGE

Every now and then I find it good to test myself and stretch the limits a little in training. This is where occasional ‘Big Days’ can be combined with a bit of adventure to give the perfect test of current endurance and most importantly to train the mind. Most important for the races I am training for where I know from experience that you will quit in your head long before the body is finished. It also gives a good chance to practice fueling and nutrition.

It just so happened that the end of a week 3 coincided with some amazing snowy and icy conditions in the hills of the Lake District, week 4 is recovery so what better time to throw in a big day. Read more

WINTER TRAINING, GOALS AND CHALLENGES

WINTER TRAINING, GOALS AND CHALLENGES

WINTER TRAINING

KEEP ON CHALLENGING YOURSELF!!!


 

Right about now its the perfect time of year to think about exactly how you are going to make your goals for 2015 happen, or at least die trying! I always feel really fired up this time of year and have usually spent a good deal of time assessing and planning already. Little notes of paper with split times for races, previous workouts, goals and dreams scribbled on over the past season start to become even more useful than when they were first written. This all helps to keep the goals attainable and the dreams alive, nothing wrong with setting the bar high and going after it. A map helps though :) Read more

CHRIS STIRLING- MY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE…

Hi,
Thanks for visiting my blog. I would best describe myself as a MULTISPORT ADVENTURE ATHLETE and MOUNTAIN RUNNER. I began endurance racing in the mountains in 2012, after years of rock climbing and mountaineering I decided to explore a new way to experience the mountains and entered the very first Celtman Extreme triathlon that takes place in Torridon, in the Highlands of Scotland. Since then I have not looked back!
If it involves long distances, mountains, mud, swimming, bikes and Read more