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, 20 July 2013


Enforced rest as we all have colds. Thinking I could use the time for stretching etc but no motivation!

Friday, 19 July 2013


low key as still have cold
1km on the treadmill - 8km/hr (I would never go below 14km/hr last year! very humbling)
Weights - bit more of a focus on the physio single leg work. Tentatively loaded the achilles with some weight - don't want to do any more damage.
Swim - just a few lengths - still have a bit of a cold

Thursday, 18 July 2013


Everyone in the house has a cold - took it easy today. At least my nose isn't streaming green like the kids.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013


1hour - open air pool in London. Just off Oxford street - lots of gay men there. Lanes very congested but good to escape the heat.

Massage with Roberto - brilliant

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Very busy today. Went to see George horse riding and Ella at a meeting so looking after Will and Rory.
Woke with quite bad achilles pain. Went to physio at lilleshall - he was very up beat about it all.

3 things to do
1. Flexibility right hip - improve
2. Single leg work
3. Load the achilles - despite the pain! (after the Ironman)

and -
stop analysing the running and run a bit more without thinking about it.
my ITBs aren't that tight but could do with some stretching / rolling.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Weigh in - 67.4kg
that's where I wanted to be so maintenance now


Took a while but best run for a long time. At one point it all felt great. Physio appointment tomorrow - see what they have to say.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

3 Weeks to go

Weights, core and quick swim
A day catching up with paperwork (kids away for the weekend)