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, 9 March 2013


Would have like to do a turbo but very little sleep - kids acclimatising to new house. Box unpacking etc,. Hopefully tomorrow, Mother's day permitting!

Friday, 8 March 2013

Thursday, 7 March 2013


4 x 5min x 250W x 85rpm on 3min recovery

This was the first proper turbo since 30th January! Easing back into it - over 4 weeks of illness. The first 1min of the 5min intervals ramped up slowly instead of the usual stepwise change (looking after the hip!?)

Spent the morning at a hospital exercising patient's on an exercise bike to see how risky major surgery would be. It's called CPEX testing - I think seeing the patients struggle motivated me to get on with it.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Moving house - well, got the keys and had about 30mins inside. At the moment I feel its a bit ironic that i've finally got the space to train (garage) but have just discovered my hip's a bit dodgy and may have to change my goals. Like most things this will hopefully pass and i'll find a way around it (most likely develop more acceptance).

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


2.5km straight

Public swim session in Peckham. Felt like a good time to do a distance session as it's been a while. Felt great, no fatigue at all really.

30min massage with Roberto - very good. I've realised it would have been a good idea to go more often but also to have a fuller conversation each time. We attacked the hip and the achilles!!! apparently I have a high pain threshold - I don't think so - it's just that I laugh instead of shout / scream.

Monday, 4 March 2013


6km easy pace.

Lot less sore achilles wise - much happier.

Sunday, 3 March 2013


6km easy pace over millennium bridge etc, Good to do something again. First run since finding out my hip is a bit dodgy so tried to keep the technique good.