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 March 2013

- Usual routine - haven't done it since jan 24th so a shock to the system. Great to be back into it.
- The usual chin ups and shoulder maintenance
- 1.5km drill. Finally thought i'd made it when someone complemented me on my technique - they'd learnt to swim 6 weeks ago!

Friday, 22 March 2013


Another busy day sorting out the new house - felt like I had 1 million and 1 things to do. By the time I got to the turbo it was late - did 5 mins and called it a day, no energy in the legs - not like me. Didn't fight it and went to bed

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


8 x 256m at 1m/sec on 1min recovery

Went to the "proper" council pool today - I think it's 32m hence the 256m - as that's 8 lengths. Came off the pace for the first 2 sets and thought this was a sign of my lack of speed work. Then the next 6 sets were relatively easy and bang on target. Pleased.

There were more serious swimmers there - I'm keen to go back.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


4 x 250W x 5min on 3min 125W recovery

Still spending most of my time sorting things out in the new house so this got done at 11pm. Psychologically it's tough going - with cause / result of my asymmetry on the bike now known (right hip arthritis) it's what i'm thinking about when I exercise now.
- Am I doing the right thing?
- Is this making it worse / better?
- Should I be attempting another Ironman - even with the goal of just doing it for the fun of it.
- How am I going to get the volume in safely
etc, etc,

My new thoughts on it are that poor ankle flexibility may have contributed - so ordering one of those rocker boards today.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Gym - shoulders and quick whizz round

Swim - 1.5km drill - someone with an Ironman Nice cap on next to me - good to know i'm not the only one using a 20m pool.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

20 Weeks to go
3 hours sleep last night and very sore. Most I could face was sitting on a bubble jet in the spa pool waiting for the ibuprofen to work.
Had lots planned today - but it's just a slow one

20 weeks to go - need to start focusing a bit more. I'll draw some hip focused plan up this week hopefully. Not cycling weather anyway.