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Archive for October, 2012

Music Marathon and training at Sands Beach resort.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

All of us before the start of the Music Marathon.


On Saturday Bella, Charlie and I all did the Music Marathon here in Lanzarote. It is in Puerto del Carmen which is where the Ironman is based every May.

We have been here in Lanzarorte for 1 week now, staying at www.sandsbeach.eu resort the training has been perfect here with a beautiful new 8 lane 25m pool and great access straight onto the excellent roads for cycling here in Lanzarote. Also we have done many runs straight out of our door and down the beach front promenade which is perfect for some flatter fastter runs and intervals.

Bella and Charlie finishing the Music Marathon


We all had great fun doing a good hard run and enjoying the music and the special atmosphere of this event in the evening with all the bands all along the course.

Bella and Charlie zooming along!

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Bella did a great run starting from the back ansd weaving her way through the crowds to come 3rd in the 10km. Charlie looked to be loving whizzing along the beach front over taking everybody.

Running in the Music Marathon at Puerto Del Carmen


I had a good hard run in the 21km race, I finished 3rd and it was a really good event and great training for us all.

Next up is the IM 70.3 Lanzarote on the 10th November.

Leysin to Lanzarote.

Friday, October 19th, 2012

On the bike at Ironman Lanzarote.

On Monday we will fly off to lovely Lanzarote, we will be staying at Sands Beach resort: http://www.sandsbeach.eu/en/ It is a new place to stay for us. Most people know of Club La Santa as the sports resort of the island, but Sands Beach also has great sporting facilities, including a lovely looking 25m pool. Also it is in a great part of the island.

I will be updating on how our stay goes as it will be new for us and I am sure of interest to others who are looking for a great warm weather training location.

Bella and I will also be racing the new 70.3 Lanzarote on the 10th of November, it looks to be a great course.

The last few weeks I have been training and DIY ing. With the help of Bella’s mum I have finished our kitchen, see photo.

I am particularly pleased with the wood cladding I did here on the right:)


I am very proud of our work. I don’t think my grouting work is quite as good as Bella’s mums, but it is good enough, I think:)

Challenge Barcelona and a good video of Marks Arch to Arc record.

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Bella, Charlie and I are back to Leysin now. The weekend went very well for Charlie, he and granny and grandad Bayliss had a great time it seems.

Bella and I didn’t have such a great weekend without Charlie. The race wasn’t a success for us both. I had a good swim and fine bike coming off with the front group with just 1 guy 8mins ahead. I was looking forward to the run but for whatever reason I just had nothing and got slower. I managed to finish in 9hrs 44mins with a 4hr 19min marathon time:) my slowest ever marathon time. But I was pleased to finish, I just kept trying to find a way to get myself going again, which is possible in Ironman but didn’t happen on Sunday.

But never mind, back to Leysin and the sun is shinning so we are enjoying it while it lasts.

The video below is of my brother Marks Arch to Arc record. He is the fastest ever and the only person to complete the swim section without a wetsuit! Last week somone attemted the same but was pulled out of the water after 16hrs with a body temp of 30C and salt water on his lungs, he is now out of intensive care but still in hospital I believe, we wish him well and hope he recovers well. It just showed what an incredibly tough challenge this is, especially to swim the channel in the middle and without a wetsuit. Anyway the video below gives you a good idea of what it was all about. You can still donate to the sports aid foundation here: http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Bayliss0
or text (UK only) CFWC59 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate.

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