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, 1 June 2012



Cycled to sheffield after work to meet up with Ella and the kids. There was a meeting for familes with children with George's condition. The cycle was eventful - details to follow. Turned garmin off when I couldn't see it anymore - hence straight line on map.

Thursday, 31 May 2012


33km to old school friend Nick's house for dinner (thank you)
1hr 15 there, 1hr 5min back.
Had the usual impending doom feeling when first on the bike (position wise) stretched the left glute and right hamstring at Nick's - much improved on the way back - really enjoyed it. Maybe it was all down to the food?

This was the first time on the road in the new aggressive position (saddle as far forward as it will go) Changed some cabling today as it needed to be longer.

Joined sytri.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

5km - slow, just to pick up bike from train station
20km - To see Olympic torch and commuting
Bit the bullet and joined the posh gym down the road. 10mins on treadmill seeing how fast and steep it will go - couple of mins at 20km/hr no problem there and I think it goes faster! 15% incline which is plenty.
- Weights - Squats, Calf raises, Eccentric hamstrings, External shoulder rotation, Glut presses (got some funny looks) Single leg squats, Golfers pick up with kettle bell.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012


15min warm up
60min x 250Watts x 85rpm x 60min

Very happy to finally do what some people call the "hour of power". 50min last week and 60min today. Wasn't sure whether it was on following a 12 hour day at work on the legs all day. 

The heart rate was a fair bit below last weeks 50min effort - must be the rest days.

Monday, 28 May 2012


Quite a bit of cycling round London probably about 40km but doesn't really count. Saw Vuko the fantastic physio at "Marylebone physio" for some ITB attention.

Sunday, 27 May 2012


10km race. Very different from a triathlon start - completely civilised, no flailing arms etc, I think everyone just wanted to stay out of trouble.

The venue at Eton school's rowing lake needs to be seen to be believed. The course itself was 5 laps. Visibility was fantastic - you could follow a rope all the way which gave it a pool swim feel! Took a gel and drink from a pontoon every lap.

I hadn't got a clue what my time was - ended up do 2h 54min. I couldn't have asked for more. I had some pain in my right flank that came and went which I think was from not rotating enough with the right shoulder.