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, 3 August 2013


Drove up to Bolton from Mum's - 45mins. I plan to be making this trip tomorrow morning at 4am so it was a test ride today. The split site transition makes registration very complicated - first at the Reebok stadium to sign up, then to a school a few miles away to drop the run bag, then to Pennington flash 15miles to the south to drop off the bike and bike bag.

On my own this year so it was surprisingly quick and easy - no children to drag around. Only looking to get round this year with my cold hanging around, so nerves were a lot less and no rechecking everything.

Evening meal with Mum then in bed for 8.30pm. Made up my two drinks bottles for the bike - carb'd to the max

Monday, 29 July 2013

Swim + Yoga

Did an hour's yoga then the usual 800m swim. Still have a cold but the total body side of it has subsided. I've given into it a bit now.

The yoga was really good. It made me realise when I was doing all those hard turbo's I should have been balancing it out with this. All those repetitive actions especially doing something the human body wasn't designed to do mount up over time. If I get round this year some intensive yoga will be required.

Sunday, 28 July 2013


ill - it's come back, feels worse than before. Dragging myself round the house. I'm meant to be teaching on a course in the week - preparation for that is also slow.