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, 30 March 2013


Drill work and some more butterfly only 160m this time as shoulders getting used to it

Friday, 29 March 2013


4 x 5mins x 250W on 3min recovery (125W) 85rpm

Keeping this session going as its been a staple of my training for years now. Very time efficient also.

Thursday, 28 March 2013


(Well physical rest - very busy with work and house)

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

To gym 5km


First run for a long time. I'm going to have to pick this up. Around 18weeks to ironman. Plan is to do a lot of short runs rather than very long ones - whilst I work on hip mobility.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Drill 1.5km

Put a new wheel on the fixed wheel bike. Had to take it to the bike shop to get the locking nut of the old wheel - a two minute job. After hearing much banging I went into the workshop and found the two "youngsters" trying everything they could to get the nut off - I reminded them the locking nut on a fixed wheel undoes clockwise!

This reminded me of "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" - just because you pay an expert doesn't mean they'll do a very good job.

Anyway rode to the gym on the bike - i've been getting lazy and using the car.

Finished swim with a break through session of 160m butterfly. Getting closer to my 200m target. I have realised that it's these break through sessions that make me happy. If my hip stops me smashing it in triathlons I just need to find different ways to have these sorts of sessions - new goals.

Here's the X-ray of the hip; "narrowed joint space on the right". The left is apparently normal.

Sunday, 24 March 2013


The usual 250W x 5min on 3min recovery

Still finding it difficult to power away whilst thinking "i'm wearing my hip out". Today I started to think - better to wear it out and get a new one than do nothing. Anyway don't think I need to be so catastrophic about it.

I'm starting to debate whether normal pedals could be a good idea. On the spin scan the right leg (the bad one) is near perfect and always does a little more work than the left - maybe it's been helping the left all this time. There would be less chance of this with clip-less??? Also I think the body is more set up for pushing with the legs rather than pulling towards the body. That's where i'm at today.