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!

Friday, 9 August 2013


15hours total time this year.

1.05 swim
7 for the bike
7 for the run - well the walk really.

Driving to the start went well. This year i'd bought the £7 pass to park at the lake and worked out a way to pay to park for the rest of the day. Normal massive line for the toilet and everyone wanting to borrow my track pump. If I race next year I wont take the track pump it's a pain to carry around and there are lots to borrow.

Only just made it to the swim start on time and made it to about 5 people deep from the front. It was a full race this year and it never ceases to amaze me how many poor swimmers go right to the front - a real washing machine this time and no way to get through till the first buoy when it starts thinning out and getting a bit more civilised. 20mins in and I knew I shouldn't really be racing this year - my cold was still there and there was no energy I could draw on. I could manage a chilled out pace but that was it.



rest to follow.