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, 23 June 2012


160 miles, 11 hours door to door (including breaks, getting lost, changing position! etc)  Fingers crossed my cold doesn't return.  I cycled to France from Chester in 3 days when I was 14 - today I passed a lot of places around Banbury that were on that route. Very nostalgic.

Link to the route:
34% charge left on Garmin but showing one bar.

George was happy to see me

Friday, 22 June 2012

1km drill
+ Sauna and rolling legs. Still got my cold. Managed to catch up on some sleep, and go to gym for some very easy work. Cleaned bike and got everything ready for the possible cycle to London tomorrow.

Thursday, 21 June 2012


Still got my cold - there's a saying that if its above your neck it's ok to train. Not sure where it is so just did some stretching at the gym and some very light weights. Looking back at the training diary I had a sore throat and a few long days at work that I didn't give enough respect to. It's always easy to look back and think it was obvious. I have been a bit stricter with carbs and that can add a bit of stress to the system.

I took my roller to the gym and hit my legs from every angle - the position on the bike was a lot better on the way back - so it looks like it's better to cover everything rather than focus on one area.

Weather (and cold) permitting I may cycle to London on Saturday - I should be well rested and at 4 weeks out from IMUK why not. Looks like it would be 160miles on google maps.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


Enforced rest today - i've had a bit of a sore throat lately but i'm now feeling more grotty, it would be silly to train.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012


3km as 2km drill, 1km at 60 strokes per minute - faster than usual - based on the teachings of the swim smooth people; "eliminating the dead spot". In public open air pool in central London (a bit of a secret location!) It's great in the winter.

Usual commuting etc as well ferrying the kids.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Running around after George and Will all day, not sure I can call it rest. Booked massage with Roberto tomorrow - it's going to be painful.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Core (AM)

Woke early and did my core exercises (McMillan running) bicycle crunches instead of the swiss ball ones as don't have a ball.

Turbo (PM)

15min warm up
2 x 20min x 260W x 85-90rpm on 7min recovery

Woke up early and so got the core stuff out of the way. 12 hour day at work again - on feet all day so didn't know what to expect on the turbo - watched the London Nocturne racing on 4OD which I think helped - penny farthing racing!

The heart rate was right where I wanted it to be - at 154bpm by the end. Still lopsided on the bike, maybe I should just accept it and deal with it???
The red graph is today and the blue is back in March so there's some improvement. It was 7min recovery instead of 5 because the trainer reset itself for some reason.