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, 25 May 2013



2 hour cycle round the country lanes with people from "stan's cycles". Second trip out with a colleague Mark who is training for his first Ironman (Outlaw - Nottingham).

Still getting getting stick from the right leg. Feels like it just wants to be straight all the time - lowered the seat a fraction. Hoping to go out with the tri people tomorrow - i'm going to change to speedplay cleats and see if it helps.

Mark and I are equally bad on the rollers - I managed to cycle off them twice.

The weight is drifting down - about 0.5kg this week. It was stubborn at first but then seemed to move. Am hoping I don't have to resort to calorie counting. 

Friday, 24 May 2013


3km am
7km pm

Wasn't sure if this was pushing it - still feeling ok. I've used the ipod for the last few runs. Usually think this is a bad idea as you can't hear how heavy you're landing - but it's helping right now.

Thursday, 23 May 2013


4km afternoon
6km evening

Wow 10km done. Still running like an old man but doesn't seem as bad - at least not getting worse. I'm realising I haven't given running the respect it deserves.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


Core and brief swim
Good to get to the gym (not so often now the family are here). Did some hip stretches to and will see if it makes a difference.

Bought an inversion table on ebay today - £30 so can't really go wrong. I'm going to try hanging upside down a bit and see if it helps. pictures to follow.

71.8kg 14.5% - weight starting to drift down. Finding the evenings the hardest - keep looking in cupboards.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


60mins as
Warm up 10mins
6 x 310m at race pace
2 x 250m at race pace
Cool down

Felt good. A little tight in the right shoulder. All these aches and pains!

Monday, 20 May 2013



Really depressing as sore hip and sore right ankle. Thinking I wont be able to do the race today.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

11 weeks to go
72.7kg 14.9% fat


50km road

Managed to get out for a couple of hours.

Great weather. Still uncomfortable from the right hip. Averaged around 30km/hr fairly easy.

Probably the best run for a long time. No pain.

So 11 weeks to go. There's lots of work to do - the main goal is to get pain free which will mean some trips to the physio. Also need to get the weight down; I was 66.9kg 6months ago so have put on a fair bit. I think the target for race day (if I make it) is 69.9Kg and 9.9%, so about 0.5kg a week.