If IronMan means spending half a day or more, charging around an Hawaiian island in high temperatures and winds, I suppose that my jaunt around Mt Maunganui  for an hour or so in  a Sprint Triathlon is aptly named Tinman.

However you have to remember that the star event at most Olympics is not the Marathon but the 100 metres sprint. This is one of only a few defenses I have, when my training colleagues, most of whom are Ironmen, tell me that you cannot call yourself a triathlete until you have “stepped up” to do an Ironman.

I am afraid to say, that race will never be on my racing programme.  So I will have to remain a sprint specialist, using the word sprint to define purely the distance and not the speed that I race at!!

However, I will still enjoy the race this weekend. Might see you there.






Christmas is Coming


IMG_1343You know that Christmas is coming in Auckland when the giant Santa appears on the Whitcoulls’s Book store front, now without the moving little finger menacingly  and creepily enticing you inside. Also Starbucks start offering  Christmas Chocolate Frappuccinos.

However, I know that Christmas is near because Stroke and Stride starts up again, it’s time for the Mount Manganui Tinman Sprint, my favorite event of the year, and the first Peoples’ Panasonic race, at Maraetai is on Sunday. Whilst not being at my peak, that will hopefully be at Kinloch in February, I am aiming to do a PB at Maraetai, to show that it is possible to get better with age. I also hope to emulate one of my past achievements there and win a major spot prize (a wet suit about 10 years ago!).

My hopes of beating my TRI@K students are long gone, and I wish them well at the event on Sunday.

Let the build-up begin

After a few weeks low-key training, I am back into things again.

I enjoyed London and met up with my two boys. Hayden competed in the Saturday “open” race and, despite more than a few hiccups in the swim, performed well. My race was 2/3 good and one third awful. I  took a wrong turn on the bike and ended up doing an extra 1.5-2 km and lost 20 or so places. Never mind, you learn by your mistakes!

So it will be: Monday run, Tuesday spin/run, Wednesday swim, Thursday rest, Friday swim/run, Saturday brick, Sunday bike/swim, for a few months interspersed with Stroke and Stride, Panasonic and Tri NZ racing. Can’t wait!

Then Edmonton and redemption in September.IMG_6246

Plans for new season

Having a few days off.

Did a brick session at Olympic just to make sure everything was working – it was. Knee was a bit sore but that’s going to be an on-going problem.

Just entered the Stoke and Stride and Panasonic Series. Will do some of the TriSeries, a couple of Ocean Swims and the World Champs in Auckland and the World Cup in New Plymouth, if there’s a Sprint event.

Going to be a busy few months. Can’t wait.

See you there.

London – World Champs

Days One and Two. Left Auckland on Saturday afternoon after doing Waterfront cycling  16 km TT in a PB of 26:44. Arrived in London on Sunday morning  after a long 31 hour journey. I know Dubai Airport pretty well having spent many hours of my life there. It’s very modern and basically Sylvia Park on steroids.


Got stung for excess baggage and then zip broke on my bike bag and I ripped my suit. So not a good trip overall.

Got Gatwick Express into London and made my way to Marble Arch on the corner of Hyde Park.

Day Three  Monday in  London, cold, wet and windy, just like I left it!  Went for bike ride around Hyde park. Not sure of the  course yet. Busy old place, going to be conjested on bike leg of race. Met Hayden for lunch. Went for run before tea and got lost. Ended up going further than I had intended!

Day Four  A bit warmer today. Swam with Blake and Hayden in the Serpentine. IMG_1201Coldish but not too bad. Could see my arm in front but not easily!  Took bike bag into be fixed. In afternoon went to Hampton Court, home of Henry the Eighth. Ate scones, jam and cream and played croquet on lawn.

Day Five  Wednesday. Did not do much.

Day Six  Thursday. Racked bike.  Early night.

Day Seven  Race Day  Despite a limited build-up I was quietly confident of a top 20 (out of 85 starters in my age-group). However the standard was high (8 guys ran under 20 mins and one did 17:28). The winner’s times were10:58 / 38:01 / 18:36. Hard to beat. I enjoyed the race but it would n’t be me without a directional malfunction! I swam in 16:08, cycled the 22.5 km course in 44:13 but included an extra 1.5 km loop, and ran in 23:07.  So all in all, I performed OK, apart from the mistake, which was inexcusable…almost.
Here is the excuse: We cycled on the right and at the end of each lap had to cross to the left of a line of cones cones to do the u-turn and start lap two. I, like many others, took the right hand lane after lap one and ended up heading towards transition, 750 metres away. It was pouring down and the signs were late and small. We did not get a chance to ride the course prior to the race.That’s all I want to say about it,  ever again,  but it did cost me about 4 minutes and quite a few places and probably best NZ finisher.

Day Eight/Nine/Ten  Saturday/Sunday/Monday. Another 30 hour Emirates marathon. On a 380 so quite comfortable. Arrived back tired with a cold and back to school tomorrow. Great trip, enjoyed racing in Hyde Park and meeting up with Hayden and David again.

King’s College had three representatives at the National Secondary Schools’ Duathlon Championships in Taupo on Sunday, 25 August, 2013.

Luke Meadowcroft finished in 16th place, Henry Dunne was 19th and Tyler Jerram was 24th. There were 32 starters.

All three followed up in excellent fashion the following Monday at the College Cross Country and finished 2nd. 3rd and 4th respectively in the Junior race.

Mr Bairstow competed in his age group at Taupo and was first (out of one!).

UnknownHenry, Luke, Tyler and Mr Bairstow

Only2 days now till I leave these shores for London and the ITU Age group World

Ro in Beijing 2011

Ro in Beijing 2011Championships.   


Day 2 Friday  Sorry about the missing 9 days but so much to do in so little time. Training going well. Did a 2 hour brick in the Olympic pool, gym and domain today (Thursday). Been doing some useful cyling TTs on Waterfront and my running intervals have been promising.  Will do final cycling 16 km TT on Saturday morning (hope to break 27 minutes) and fly out on Saturday afternoon via Emirates.

Day 11 Monday Rest day

Day 12 Sunday Raced at Taupo, 1st in age-group (only me) Bike good but ran 400 metres to many!
very poor transitions. Hard bike ride with strong winds and hills.

Day 13 Saturday  16 km TT on waterfront. Calm but foggy. Did just over 27 minutes. Faster than last time. Pleased.

Day 14 Friday Ran 5 km and swam 1500m  Session 15 at school pool in wetsuit.

Day 15 Thursday  Rest day

Day 16 Wednesday Swim Nathan Session 14 at School pool

Day 17 Tuesday   Went to Leitch’s.  Another  hard “tempo” session, followed by run off bike

Day 18 Monday Ran with George at Viaduct. Shelley Beach Road x 3 plus half way x 3

Day 19  Sunday  Did brick from Olympic (750 pool swim in wetsuit, ran round Domain, rowed for 10 mins. “cycled” 20 km in gym. Plus some stretching.

Day 20- Saturday  Hard swim with Nathan at SwimTastic . Short but sharp.

Day 24-21 Tuesday-Friday  Not good!! Tired, over-worked and sick. Did little.
Going to be a hard final 3 week final build-up till I leave!

Day 25 Monday  Running hard at Viaduct  5 x 7.5 minutes at Level 3/4

Day 26 Sunday  Did brick from Olympic (750 pool swim in wetsuit, rowed for 10 mins. “cycled” 20 km in gym and then ran on treadmill for 10 minutes.

Day 27 Saturday  Did waterfront time trial 16 km – 28 minutes. Discover rear break pad touching wheel! Then did rest of my “coffee run”.

Day 28 Friday  Ran at King’s for about 5 km then swim Nathan Session 13

Day 29 Thursday  Swim Nathan Session 12.

Day 30 Wednesday Rest

Day 31 Tuesday   Went to Leitch’s.  Another  hard “tempo” session.

Day 32 Monday Ran with George at Viaduct. Shelley Beach Road x 3 plus half way x 3

Day 33 Sunday  Did brick from Olympic (750 pool swim in wetsuit, “cycled” 20 km in gym and then ran round domain (4 km).

Day 34 Saturday  Swam with Nathan, then ran round Stonefields. Went for 1 hour bike ride including first time trial  (Mission Bay to Helicopter Bay)

Day 35 Friday  Swam at Olympic for 45 mins Lots of 50s. Swam in wet suit. Got some strange looks.

Day 36 Thursday  Rest day

Day 37 Wednesday Ran 5 km with Anna who is starting her 1/2 marathon build up.

Day 38 Tuesday   Went to Leitch’s.  A hard “tempo” session, follwed by 3 km run off the bike.

Day 39 Monday Ran with George at Viaduct. 6 x 4 minutes at Level 3/4. Hard!

Day 40 Sunday  Swam Lesson 11 from Nathan   Day 41 Saturday   Lesson with Nathan. Day 42 Friday  Still not 100% decided to focus on work. 6 weeks to go. Day 43 Thursday Not feeling good. Will rest today Day 44 Wednesday   Swam Nathan’s session 10 Day 45 Tuesday Leitch’s wind-training, endurance and tempo sessions Day 46 Monday  Running at viaduct, Pyramid with quickening speed. Day 47 Sunday   Pool session on  drafting and open water swimming. Then transitions and finally a mini-brick. Left at 2pm Day 48 Saturday  2 hour pool session focused on swimming at different speeds. Run sessions on technique and bike on skills and handling. Great day. Day 49 Friday   Swam in morning Session 9. Went down to Tri NZ Training camp. Introduction by Rick Wells.  Day 50 Thursday  Swam in morning Session 8.  Day 51 Wednesday  Did gym session, run, rowing, and bike Day 52 Tuesday. Swam  Nathan’s Session 7. Rick Wells gave me a quick 5 minute lesson. Got to get those arms moving quicker. Went to Leitch’s wind-training and then did a 3 km run of the bike in evening. Two sessions a day – must turn pro! Day 53 Monday. Running down Viaduct. Cold day for Auckland. Did some 7.5 minutes, then 1 kms. Feeling a bit fitter. Day 54 Sunday. Travelled back to Auckland. Went for walk up a “mountain” before arriving at airport Day 55 Saturday. Ran down to ocean  and  then cycled in gym. Swam at Eumundi, did Nathan’s Session 6 Day 56 Friday. Ran down to ocean and  then cycled in gym. Day 57 Thursday. Ran down to ocean  and  then cycled in gym.  Swam at resort pool, did Nathan’s Session 5 Day 58 Wednesday. Ran down to ocean  and  then cycled in gym. Day 59 Tuesday, hired cycled and and ran and rode around Brisbane for an hour or two. Bike weighed more than I do! Amazing cycle routes and scenery in the City. Then drove to Noosa and stopped at Eumundi and did Swim Session 4. Day 60 Travelled to Brisbane and then spent day walking round the city. More tired than training! Day 61  Gym session, ran round Auckland domain, rowed and cycled. Day 62 Swam  at SwimTastic with Nathan. Practised looking up (every 12 strokes) and most 4 strokes and 6 strokes/breath intervals. Day 63  Swam  session 4 from Nathan. More hypoxic + kicking + paddles/pull. Day 64  Did 1 hour gym session. Run round domain, rowing and then bike. Day 65  Swam  session 3 from Nathan. Much hypoxic + kicking + paddles/pull. Day 66  Wind training with Leitchy. Mostly tempo then some gradient/gear blocks. Ran 3 km  with Cyril off bike. Day 67  Running with group down at Viaduct. Some quite have level 3 and 4 stuff. Trouble keeping up! HR almost maxing out. Day 68  Did 3 hour ride on Sunday morning. Beautiful crisp morning. Coffee stop in the city and wonderful views. Got the week’s swim programme from Nathan. Looks hard! IMG_1097 IMG_1094 Day 69 Big Saturday with swimming lesson, run and gym (rowing and cycling).  Day 70 Swam 2nd session, Ran out of time at Olympic after Parents Evening. Day 71 Swam 1st session, cramped up on kicking. Day 72 Went for 1 hour walk to ease sore legs. Swimming tomorrow after PD day. Day 73  Spin cycling with Paul. Did the 3 km TT in just over 4 minutes. 1 second faster than last time. Ran off the bike for 3 km. Day 74  Monday night running down the viaduct. Warm-up then 3 x 7.5 minutes. Felt bad and quads very sore. Need more running. Day 75  Sunday, full day school cycling and tutoring.  Went to gym again, did 1 hour of  running, rowing and biking. Feeling good. Shoulder better and weight down to 74.6 kg. Resting HR 63  Day 76  Had first swimming lesson with Nathan. Think we will go well. Doing 4 strokes/breath. Went to gym, did 1 hour of running, rowing and biking. Day 77  Cycled with College Junior teams out to Airport. Practised turns. Day 78  Still not right. Hip sore and went to Merton Road physio for sore shoulder. Having cortisone injection next week. Not a great start to the new campaign. Will swim tomorrow and then cycle with school team. Still eating too much cake. Having a cake and biscuit-free Friday.  Day 79 Hip very stiff from sprinting sessions on bike last evening. Went for 1 hour walk to ease it off instead of run. Felt better and should be OK by tomorrow. Weight at over 75 kg! Too much cake. Only had 5 coffees today. Resting heart-rate up from my “fit” 53 to over 65. Much work to do. Day 80 Today I started with a 1 hour wind-training session with Paul Leitch. Mostly at tempo pace with sprints. Two endurance blocks of about 15 minutes, with gearing and grade, and 8 x 30 second sprints with gearing and grading to finish. Quite a hard session. Did not run off the bike to see how body handles the session tomorrow. London BCME Houses of Parliament 2005 Well, it’s started. The build-up to London and the Age-Group World Triathlon Championships. Race day is Friday the 13th of September.  Maybe I should get that insurance!  After a prolonged time on less than 50% training, since Kinloch, I started training seriously on Tuesday 18 June  and intend doing a daily blog, more for my own motivation than anything.  I am entered in the Sprint Triathlon in the 60-64 age group, my final year. My aim is top 10. It is my fifth Worlds.  I have had a 13th, 12th, 8th and 3rd placing so far. Competition will be hot in London. Then onto 65-69 age group!