I started this blog in 2010 when there were 11 weeks to go before my next Ironman triathlon. People have found it interesting (mainly my Mum!) so I continue to write.
The Ironman is a long distance triathlon; Swim 2.4miles, Cycle 112miles, Run 26.2 miles (marathon). I have competed in one every year since 2004. I hope this blog can help others see what is involved. I find the process of writing it makes me more accountable and motivates me to do the harder sessions when i'm not feeling like it!

Saturday, 12 May 2012


From Worcester to Oxford (50miles) First fasting ride of the year - did the first 25miles before eating anything. I found this worked well last year. I hope to build up to 50-60miles. It follows from a comment Bradley Wiggins said; "an hour before breakfast is worth two after". Ironman is a essentially a fuelling competition and this really helps.

Friday, 11 May 2012


Cycled to Worcester after work (50miles)

Beautiful evening. Hadn't booked ahead for a hotel so was dismayed to find the travel lodge fully booked (it would have been £110 anyway!!!). Found a much better cheaper (£35) option after a bit of hunting around.

Thursday, 10 May 2012


Easy recovery run - 5miles over to the local Bannatyne's gym to get shown around - too expensive, too long a contract, pool too short, and I don't like Duncan Bannatyne so looks like it's a no go.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


Neuromuscular (strength) 10 x 15sec x 500W x 85-60rpm


Checked out a local gym for the first time. 20 mins of leg work - injury proofing

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


Masters - i'd had a big dinner so took it easy. Good to start learning the other strokes.

Monday, 7 May 2012

No scales so no Monday weigh in!

15min warm up
40min at 250W 85rpm

The essay is finally finished - these things always take longer than I expect.
Turbo wise I wanted to do a "tempo" session. I wanted to work between 80-90% maximum heart rate which is 137-154 for me and thought 250W would do it. The last 10min were at 155 - so on target. That's 15W better than last year even though the muscular niggles are worse! Nothing to major this time it was the left knee - at least they keep moving around!

Listened to Andy Moor podcast which is great to exercise to.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

11 Weeks to go

The essay is taking far longer than I thought. Enforced rest!. Sitting at a chair for hours on end is not good.