Fraser Cartmell: IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire Race Recap

Fraser Cartmell: IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire Race Recap

Sunday saw the third edition of the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, set in the beautiful surroundings of Shugborough Estate grounds. In addition to the scenic views the 1800 or so athletes were also ‘treated’ to a hot summers day of racing, which certainly created an extra layer of difficulty to the task of collecting the finishers medal at the finish chute. Indeed, playing to stereotypes – this particular Scotsman noticed the temperatures too, given they reached upwards of 30C!

FRASER CARTMELL: IRONMAN 70.3 STAFFORDSHIRE PRE RACE POINTERS

FRASER CARTMELL: IRONMAN 70.3 STAFFORDSHIRE PRE RACE POINTERS

For those of us racing Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire (and that includes me too) it is now Race Week! Hopefully the previous few weeks and perhaps months of preparations have gone fairly smoothly (we all have bumps in the road, that’s just life!) and you are now looking forward to enjoying all of your efforts on race day.

Fraser Cartmell: Starting your Tri season in open water

Fraser Cartmell: Starting your Tri season in open water

Now that the winter is well and truly behind us the triathlon season is once again upon us and is bedding in for the long haul all the way through to September and the falling leaves of early Autumn – if we allow ourselves to think that far ahead? – so let’s talk about getting back to it!

Compex Muscle Stimulation for Rehab and Training

Compex Muscle Stimulation for Rehab and Training

Neuro muscular electric stimulation (NMES), also known as electric muscle stimulation (EMS), electrotherapy, muscle stim or e-stim, is delivered through a small device, the Compex, that sends electronic pulses to your nerve fibres in order to create involuntary muscle contractions. It can be used to aid rehabilitation following injury or surgery and to enhance training sessions and workouts.

Fraser Cartmell: 'Warm Weather' Tri Training Camps

Fraser Cartmell: 'Warm Weather' Tri Training Camps

Living as we do in the 'frigid' north of Europe (I live in Scotland, perhaps I'm a little biased!) the winter months really tend to drag endlessly on. The notion that the clocks are going to 'spring forward' seems an impossibly distant glimmer of hope on the far horizon and trying to maintain a modicum of regular outdoor exercise can become far from easy and much less enjoyable. Certainly, we make do, and find a way to 'wrap up' / 'rug up' and keep warm but it's often not much fun for the most part. Or perhaps I am just being far too 'glass half empty' in my analysis of this time of year? Maybe...