Like many of you, we have spent the past 3 months training a lot indoors. Luckily, exercising outdoors was never banned in Wales however we were limited. For example, cycling was only permitted a “reasonable walking distance” from home. So, before you knew it we were both signed up to Zwift and the Wahoo KICKR... Continue Reading →
Meat – free January
Our journey of cutting down on meat started in January last year when we started doing Meat Free Mondays as our new years resolution. As the year went on our meat free days increased and by the end of the year we were usually only eating meat for about 2-3 days a week. Fast forward... Continue Reading →
Nice 70.3 – 70.3 World Championships, 2019.
During Mallorca 70.3 in May my boyfriend, David qualified for the 70.3 World Championships which in 2019 would be in Nice, on the Cote d’Azure, France. What better place for a trip at the beginning of September?! Having never been to an Ironman World Championship before we were excited to embrace it all. David and... Continue Reading →
10 things that happen when you take on Rapha’s Festive 500
1. You get used to being permanently damp because your either in damp clothes that haven't dried properly from last night's wash or smelly clothes that you thought would be "okay" for another outing but on reflection definitely should have gone in the wash. 2. You start planning your rides on strava to the meter... Continue Reading →
How I’m motivating myself in December.
Training wise November was a very hit and miss month for me with motivation floundering. I didn't mind too much because let's be honest - if you're going to have a quiet month November seems like the perfect time but after a non-existent October of training too I was keen to get myself back into... Continue Reading →
8 reasons why Ironman Cozumel needs to be on your race bucket list.
The social media posts from the athletes at the race last week have brought back some great memories of our trip to Ironman Cozumel in November 2018. Having completed my first Ironman at Wales in September I was in desperate need of a relaxing holiday however, they aren’t really David’s cup of tea so when... Continue Reading →
Our latest triathlon adventure has been a rather exciting one. At the beginning of October David and I travelled to China so that he could take part in Ironman 70.3 Chongming, Shanghai. David decided on this event because it is one of the few 70.3 races where you can qualify for the Ironman World Championships... Continue Reading →
Race Report: Weymouth 70.3 2019
This race wasn't on the plan at the beginning of the year. I had arranged my year so that all of my races were before August because August was to be full of hens and weddings however I enjoyed Mallorca 70.3 so much I decided to enter this to finish off the season. I wouldn't... Continue Reading →
Should you race without training..?
It's that time of year again.. 90% of my Facebook feed have just run Cardiff Half marathon, the London Marathon magazines are landing on doorsteps and I'm seeing posts on the "Ironman Wales Journey" facebook group which read abit like "So I've got a spot for Ironman Wales, I've never ridden a bike/done a triathlon/swum... Continue Reading →
A summer of racing in West Wales
Things have gone quiet on the blog and in triathlon generally since Ironman Ireland.. I always planned my season this way. I knew I had a busy July and August of hens and weddings and I wanted to enjoy myself without having to force out training for any events. So I suppose I’ve had a... Continue Reading →
Race Report: Ironman Ireland 2019
The week leading up to the race mainly involved refreshing the Met Office app, BBC weather and the Irish Met Office website on a continuous loop. Unfortunately every time I hit refresh the weather forecast seemed to worsen! David and I were both racing and Helen and Roger (David's parents) came with us to support.... Continue Reading →
Training for Ironman Ireland – Week 3
Here it is - the final installment in this thrilling series! Ha. Week 1 and 2 can be found HERE and HERE. 3rd-9th June I think it is fair to say that by this point in my training I was starting to tyre and counting down the days to taper. MONDAY - Pyramid swim session.... Continue Reading →
Training for Ironman Ireland – Week 2
If you missed Week 1 you can read that HERE. So after a solid first week of training there was not to be much recovery at the start of the week as it was Bank Holiday Monday! I also had the Tuesday off work because it's tradition in our office to be closed on the... Continue Reading →
Training for Ironman Ireland – Week 1
It's Tuesday today and we are officially into our "taper" for Ironman Ireland. It's been a big 3 week block of training and I thought I would write a few posts looking back at my biggest training block this year and how I've fit it in around work and life generally. If no-one finds it... Continue Reading →
Race Report: Majorca 70.3
It's hard to know where to start with this blog post... I'm writing this on the runway of Mallorca airport and it's quite tough to get my thoughts in order, my brain and body are absolutely frazzled! I am also very sad to be leaving. I absolutely love Mallorca. This is where I properly fell... Continue Reading →
Race Report – Amman Valley Sprint Triathlon 2019.
I wouldn't normally enter a sprint event anymore. I enjoy "plodding" much more than running quickly. I also tend to get injured when I try to run quickly, which for me is anything sub 7.30min/mile. I had entered another of the Healthy Life Activities' events last year, Sospan Sizzler, which was unfortunately cancelled due to... Continue Reading →
Race Report – Ironman Wales 2018
Ironman Wales 2018 Race Report by Nia Davies. I hadn't been nervous at all in the days leading up to the race. I just felt ready. I had done the training and now wanted to get it over with. David, my boyfriend and coach, kept telling me not to have a time in mind but... Continue Reading →
My thoughts on the latest doping scandal..
What doping scandal? Recently there was a raid at the World Nordic Skiing Championships in Austria. You may have seen the video circulating online of the police walking into the hotel room where one of the skiers was caught in the act. You may be asking yourself.. what has this got to do with triathlon?... Continue Reading →
My triathlon journey so far…
My triathlon journey began in late 2013 when I met David Cole. He was already an Ironman at that point and I began my triathlon journey as a spectator. The first event I watched him race was Mumbles Duathlon 2014 which was his first ever duathlon. To think he would go on to represent GB... Continue Reading →