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, 16 March 2013

House loading /unloading

This was about as hard as a ironman. I was about to say half but it was 8am to 3am without stopping, and a lot of lifting. My back is not happy.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Busy day - no time to train - boo

Met with teachers at George's new school to arrange settling in etc,
Booked Will in at nursery
Drove down to London to pick up belongings for move. I've never driven a "lorry" before - very exciting.
It's all go.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Rest day

Had planned to do a turbo in the evening but the day slipped away.

Waiting in the house for the BT engineer - I had a slot booked between 8-1 and he turned up at 12.59! So I went to work and said drill the hole where you think best.

Evening spent talking about painting and carpets!

Did do some rolling of the legs.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

More of a rest day today

Quick whizz round. Usual shoulder exercises, some balance work - increasing mobility in right ankle

1km drill

Tuesday, 12 March 2013


6 x 5min x 250W x 80rpm on 3min recovery (125W)

Building back to where I left off before my cold. It'll be a few more weeks till i'm back at 2x20minx250W which is a good baseline.

Working with my asymmetries - at least I know that it's mainly the right hip. My power split between the legs drifts to 49% left leg 51% right leg so I worked hard to keep it 50:50 may be all these years leading with the right may have played a part.

Lots of trips to stare into fridge afterwards (no treats in there!) - reminds me of school holidays.

Monday, 11 March 2013


General exercises - working on "setting the shoulder" this involves the lat pull down machine and keeping the arms straight - just moving the shoulder blades.

Some ankle mobility work on the balance disc - my multiple childhood ankle sprains and reduced flexibility there may be contributing to the hip.

Energy and enthusiasm back at last


1.5 km drill

Sunday, 10 March 2013


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

First turbo in the new house. Chickened out of doing in the garage - bit too cold, but hope to migrate out there soon.

I've changed back to "speedplay" pedals - forgot it's like pedalling on ice cubes. Hope this will help with the hip.