Butter nonsense: the rise of the cholesterol deniers

This is a well considered piece but not an opinion piece nor does it link to the science so by the end it’s not clear which is right. I’ve got a history of high cholesterol and one year ago I set out to reduce my LDLs from 7.8 – a dangerous level. My doctor strongly…

How to run an ultra marathon – Part 6: Do less of some things

The obvious thing here is diet. Have you changed yours? Not just on training days but generally. Think of the body not as muscles and joints but as systems, all working to keep you moving; the muscles produce a lot of toxins which need to be taken away by the circulatory and lymphatic systems to…

How to run an ultra marathon Part 5 – choose a good one

I’ve chosen 3. I’ll start with The Green Man. An acceptable 46km with relatively little height gain. So it makes sense to recce the route. This section is quite easy. One big hill in the first 5 miles then the rest is a cruise. A great time actually. Recommended. Apart from the unreliable buses at…

Touching the what?

For those that don’t know the story about 30 years ago a young chap called Joe broke his leg while coming down a mountain. His climbing buddy (Simon) heroically rescued him putting his own life in considerable danger. Things got so bad Simon had to cut the rope that joined them, plunging Joe to almost…

August’s recommendations

Always looking for things to improve my health, fitness and well-being. Thought I’d share my current favorites. Book – How not to Die by Michael Gregor. Brilliant read on the science of eating. Worth every penny. Podcast – Page 94. Strictly for the socialists but the current episode lifts the lid on the problems facing…

The good thing about being a physio

Is when you develop pain on a long ride you can say confidently what it is. However it doesn’t make you immune nor did it make the pain go away. Today I have enjoyed patella-femoral pain due to a tight quad on the left causing issues up long climbs. Also medial planter nerve compression due…

Injury of the week

This limped into my clinic yesterday. 60yr old male, sudden onset; breaking into a run – heard a pop. Immediate pain and swelling. It’s the right knee. Any guesses?