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, 2 March 2013


Drive down to London. Kids to park etc, Took my hang up-side down boots - Will and George liked seeing daddy hanging upside down - I couldn't see the strange looks. It's to help the hip!

Friday, 1 March 2013


Went to GP. Do I need antibiotics? She said they've had lots of people with exactly the same thing - flu type illness, then sinus / post viral thing for SIX WEEKS!!! Good news that i'm not alone, bad news about the time.

Felt OK otherwise so just some light swimming and a bit of stretching.

Thursday, 28 February 2013


Planning to do a turbo after work - then huge energy failure. I'm starting to see what these people with chronic fatigue must go through. It's easy to take having the energy for granted.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Still not 100% so no turbo. Hopefully tomorrow. Went to yoga, haven't been for a while, it was well worth it.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

1.8km Drill

Just waiting for the cold to go so I can get on the turbo. Thought today would be it but no! Easy drill work in the pool. Managed to do 120m butterfly - moving closer to my target of 200m. Self taught so probably not the best technique?

Monday, 25 February 2013


Towards the end of the day didn't feel ill anymore so decided to try some light swimming drills. Tried a new "broken arrow" drill - probably got some strange looks. Luckily I was oblivious being underwater.

Hopefully thats the cold gone?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

23 Weeks to go
Another rest day due to illness
Coming up to 3 weeks now of being below par - doing what i'm told to, and listening to my body - but not liking what it's saying!