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, 5 April 2014

Friday, 4 April 2014

Swim 50mins

Warm up, drill
Main set - 1 x 250m 65strokes/min 2 x 250m on 60sec at 1m/s

Adding a few speed sets in now. Back stroke slowly improving

Thursday, 3 April 2014


Ella late working so might as well chill out.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


50mins - bit of everything no out and out speed work. Of note:
Single arm - trying to do more of the swim smooth.com UNCO routine
5 strokes per breath
Medley - 2 lots - getting a bit better at this - back stroke feeling more fluid. A big improvement over last few weeks. Just getting the order right is an achievement.
Pull / Paddles etc,

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


8km - there were some good moments and bad. Only have to do 5 times this for the Ironman.

It's touch and go. Can't be that bad as planted 3 rows of potatoes afterwards.

Did some work with the band based on the wharton routine. Active isolated stretching he calls it. I'm going to have to get very into this.

Monday, 31 March 2014

The weekly weigh in - 71.0Kg 11% fat


Recovery session - just 1km rolling the arms over

Amazing that the dodgy hip feels great after the cycle yesterday. I guess it's a case of use it or lose it.

Fairly happy about the weight - it's been 9 months of eating whenever I want and it hasn't gone anywhere crazy. Not sure where the target is, probably 68.9kg and 9% - will give it some thought. It'll be good to be light for the hip replacement!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Road cycle

50miles approx.
Clocks went forwards - so was late leaving house. Cycled to Mum's for mother's day.

Right leg "wonky" but not too painful. Good for the confidence as felt like getting round the Ironman in July could be possible. I must remember not to take the most direct route suggested by google - a fair bit of it was almost off road, through farmer's yards and involved doubling back to avoid a big dog!.