Jun
23
2014

4 Weeks Until Ironman UK

How do I feel?
I've a stress fracture to my foot so I don't feel very good at the moment.  I did it 8 days ago and I can't even say I did it training or skydiving or anything else interesting.  I did it merely walking around a field in a new pair of pumps.  June has been a total washout.  I had a chest infection which kept me from doing Bala Middle Distance triathlon a few weeks ago.  I've been riding fine but couldn't face running and swimming much with a bad chest.  Right when I so badly needed a quality month of training I've done pretty much nothing.

On a positive note,  In 28 days time I'll be an Ironman.  Nothing will stop that.  No matter how under trained I am and how much it hurts on the day.  I'm not going through all this for nothing.  The only thing I want to hear that will make all this worth while are the words.  'you are an ironman'.

The plan now is to try to ride, hopefully I can ride pain free (ish) and swim.  If I can swim ok I'll be happy because 4 weeks of intense swimming and a few long but easy rides might be just what I need.


Jan
10
2014

The year ahead

2014 promises to be an exciting year for me.  
Here is what I have planned.

2nd March - Cloud 9: A nine mile fell race which includes Bosley Cloud.
23rd March - Cheshire Cat: 100 mile sportif  which includes a climb up Mow Cop.
6th April - Manchester MarathonDon't panic mum I'm only doing the relay :)
18th May - Snowdonia SlatemanI have unfinished business with this from last year
8th June - Bala middle distance Tri half Ironman distance race on a tough course.
20th July - IronmanUKThe big one.  Where I get to prove any doubters wrong.

There was no way on earth I wasn't going to do Snowdonia Slateman again this year.  It's a million miles the best Tri I've done and also the one which hurt the most.  It made the Vitruvian which is twice the distance seem like a walk in the park.  I feel like it beat me badly last year and I didn't really give it my best on the day.  This year will be different.

Obviously IronmanUK is my A race this year.  Well I say race, I wont be racing.  My goal is to enjoy the day, get to the finish and put the medal around my neck.  I know there is a long way to go in terms of fitness between where I am now and where I need to be on the day.  I'm focused on achieving that level of fitness and have 28 weeks of quality training to get there. 

Swimming 


I think everybody knows by now I can't swim.  I'm sure I've not missed anybody out in making this clear.  This year is the year I will finally crack swimming.  I've completed a css test on Wednesday night with time of, 400m @ 9:46 and 200m @ 4:49.  My target is to get this below 8 mins for 400m by the end of the year.  

Ironman


There is no point in doing something like this if i'm not going to raise money for a great charity.  I know people sponsored me a few years ago and are probably sick of me raising money now.  I'll make you all a deal.  If you help me reach my target I'll not do another sponsor event again.  Well not for a long while anyway ;)  So please, here is the link you need and remember, watching the totaliser rising motivates me so much.


Jan
1
2014

2013 year review

2013 was a ground breaking year for me.  I did the thing I always swore I'd never do. Run and Marathon. I also completed 3 half marathons getting faster in each and a half Ironman distance race. 

Probably me favourite event of the year was the Snowdonia Slateman triathlon.  It was a 1000m freezing cold swim, 50km Bike and an 11km run which was just ridiculous.  

My first half Ironman distance race was the Vitruvian at Rutland Water.  1900m swim (I was 2nd to last out of the water {sad face}), 56k bike and a half marathon to follow.  

My fiest and very probably last marathon ever was the Crewe Deja Vu marathon.  Named Deja Vu due the the 105.5 last of a running track.   I'd picked that as I though seeing family every few minute towards the end of the race would help me over the line.  It backfired though as nobody came and it ended up being tortuously boring.  Still I can say I've run a Marathon now.

Next year I promise to keep this blog updated more often.  It's going to be a very exciting year!



Apr
15
2013

Anglesey Half Marathon report

Maybe this race came a little early in the season for me.  I pretty much shut my training down over the winter, only really getting out for 2-3 miles 2-3 times a week.  It was a pretty miserable winter, cold and wet and I just couldn’t motivate myself enough.  At least it’ll give me a decent benchmark to start the year.

I made a huge mistake before the race even began.  Kick off was at 9am and I’d set off from Middlewich about 6 aiming to be there for 8.  I arrived a little after 8 and parked up in a lay-by opposite Waitrose.  It was about half a mile to the start line and registration closed at 8 although I knew it would be open well after that.  I gave it good legs to the start and to register.  This was the mistake.  Apparently registration was nowhere near the start line.  In fact is was about 1 mile away in school at the top of a very steep hill.  I had no choice but to pretty much run flat out to and from registration which meant I’d already ran 2.5 fast miles before the half marathon began.  Not great preparation when I was already short on fitness.

The race started and I wasn’t fast but I was enjoying it.  It was a beautiful cool crisp morning and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky nor a breath of wind.  The course itself is simply stunning.  After crossing the Menai Bridge for the 4th time that morning we dipped down onto the coast road to Beaumaris.  For anybody who thinks Anglesey is flat because there are no hills you couldn’t be more wrong.  There isn’t a single flat section of road on Anglesey, not one!  There are no big hills but there are constant rolling hills, you’re either going up or going down every step of the way.  After passing Beaumaris Castle we headed inland for a couple of miles of more rolling hills.  This is probably the least interesting section of the course, there is nothing really interesting to see until you get back to Beaumaris a couple of miles later.  Back on the coast road from Beaumaris back towards the finish again is spectacular.  Views of Snowdonia can’t do anything other than inspire you, I decided then and there I was going to enter the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon.  The beauty of the place certainly helped take my mind off the fact I was struggling and wasn’t going to make the 2 hours I’d hoped for.  I came home around 2:05 but couldn’t be happier, what a race, simply stunning.  

True to Always Aim High form I was rewarded with a piece of slate at the finish line.  At the Anglesey Sandman triathlon I’d received and slate coaster, this time I’d got a slate medal.  There will be more slate to come I’m sure of that.  Always Aim High know how to put on a spectacular race that’s for sure.  Snowdonia Slateman is my next target!

Sep
24
2012

Anglesey Sandman: Race Report

I thought I’d wait a week to write my Sandman race report, mostly due the that fact that I didn’t even have the energy in my fingers to type but also I wanted to really take my time to get it right.

I noticed on the Wednesday that the 5 day weather forecast for Anglesey was heavy rain and gales.  When has a weather forecast ever been right 5 days in advance?  The answer is never, well until then anyway.  I’d been telling Donna for days not to bother packing shorts for the kids as it was going to be cold, wet and windy, and boy was it cold, wet and windy.  Conditions couldn’t have been any worse for a triathlon but it didn’t bother me, in fact I was kind of glad.  I’d trained a lot in similar conditions, after a few hairy moments in training I’d got used to how to handle my bike in those conditions and I knew it would bother other people more then me.  I knew that I’d place higher in the field and I was right.  

I’m not sure how but I had an amazing night sleep the night before.  I went to bed early half expecting to be lay awake worrying all night but I pretty much fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  Clearly my preparation had been perfect and I’d left myself nothing to worry about.

I woke up about 5 on race day, looked out of the window and the weather looked perfect for a triathlon the air was clear and still and it looked like the forecast was wrong after all.  In true comedy style the rain started literally as we left the cottage.

We arrived at Newborough forest and registered early.  I was of the first into Transition to setup my kit.  I thought I’d have a little wander over the sand dunes and have a look to see if the sea was rough.  Walking up the dunes I passed another competitor on the way back who was pale and looked like he seen a ghost.  He just looked at me and said “Don’t look mate, seriously don’t look”.  Obviously I had to look at that point.  When I saw the waves I couldn’t believe that the swim was going ahead.  It reminded me of the film A Perfect Storm.  Fortunately the organisers had seen the conditions and made the decision to move the swim into the bay where it was slightly calmer.  This meant the there was a half mile walk to the swim and also a half mile run into T1 from the swim. 

On arriving at the swim it was calmer but it was still very rough, I felt ok about it, I’d trained well and new it would be hard but I knew I was prepared.  The sea was actually quite warm at 16º.  We had a quick warm up but then it was back to the beach and ready, set, go!  When the hooter sounded we we’re off, there was no turning back and I ran into the sea, waded out over the breakers then dived in and was away.  It was stupidly hard and was very up and down, one second you’re swimming on the crest of a wave, the next second you’ve dropped 8 feet into the dip and it felt like I was going nowhere.  I managed to quite quickly figure out a rhythm and got into it. I passed quite a lot of people who were really struggling.  I don’t think I was far off the front by the time we got to the buoy to turn.  There were a few guys way out in front but I was right in there in the mix with the main group.  Heading back with the waves was much easier.  I started back great then came the dreaded swimming cramp. It had been a tough first half to the swim and my calves had now started cramping badly.  I had no choice but to ease off my kick and try to manage the cramp as best as I could.  I came out of the water probably right in the middle of the field which I was very happy with.  The run into T1 was a struggle.  My calves were still cramping, I knew once I was on the bike it’d settle down but I had to run half a mile into T1 without doing any damage.  The race organisers had suggested that competitors wear water proofs or an extra layer on the bike as it was so cold and there was a danger of hyperthermia. This was something I hadn’t planned for and didn’t really have anything other than my tri-suit.  Donna had sprinted back from the swim and was waiting at T1 for me with some t-shirts but I decided they’d slow me down so I didn’t take them.  Maybe it was the rush of trying the get on the bike quickly and off my cramping legs that helped me through T1 so quickly.  I was the 17th fastest in T1.  Made even more remarkable by the fact I set off on the bike with my running shoes on still? I had to stop and take them back.  What was I thinking?  

The bike leg started ok.  In the forest we were sheltered from the wind and it didn’t feel so bad.  The rain was heavy and it was cold but no wind.  Once we were out of the forest things changed.  We had the wind at our backs for the first 7 or 8 miles and although it was mostly up hill I managed a decent pace. Then we made a left onto the A5 and had a tough slog of about 12-13 miles with horrendous sidewinds.  The roads were very wet and tricky without the wind, but gusts of 35mph+ were almost taking the bike form under me.  I had what I thought was a great battle with another rider.  His number was 270 and on the stretch of A5 he passed me 4 times on uphill sections as he was a seriously good climber and I passed him 4 times going back down again.  Mainly because I’ve got no sense and was hammering the downhill sections.  No idea if he noticed this little battle but It kept me entertained for an hour or so.  On one hill a guy from South Africa passed me and we had a little chat on the way up the hill.  He told me it was his first and last triathlon.  He was strong though he left me for dead on the hill after the chat.  I passed him again a few minutes later on the next down hill.  Then came the part of the day I was least looking forward to.  The left turn to head back to newborough with about 5 miles directly into a 30mph+ wind.  I passed so many people on these 5 miles.  I was down as low as possible on my tri bars and was passing a lot of people who were probably much stronger cyclist then me but without tri bars they were going nowhere.  The final 12 miles or so along the coast with the sidewinds from the right this time were very dicey.  The sidewinds on the A5 were blowing me 4-5 feet into the road which was no real problem as long as there was no traffic.  The sidewinds from the right were blowing me off the road.  Even giving myself 3-4 feet room I was blown off the road a couple of times and had to unclip and bailout very quickly.  No damage done other than to my time.  On the final hill going back into Newborough forest my South African friend passed me again, he made me laugh as he passed me when he said ‘This is where that blood I injected this morning comes in handy’.  I managed to average 18mph for the 60k which I was very happy with in those conditions.  

Once again I breezed through T2 in a pretty fast time.  That the final time the words fast can be used when describing me in this triathlon. I must have overtaken the South African guy in transition because he passed me on the run and we had another amusing chat.  I hope it doesn’t turn out to be his last triathlon because he kept me amused a few times along the way and I think the sport need characters like that.  


The 10 run was hard.  When I say hard I mean it was really hard, it was brutal. There seamed to be endless sand dunes with thick wet energy sapping sand. Where there wasn’t sand there was thick, wet energy sapping mud.  The sand dunes took so much out of me it felt more like a 20k run.  I couldn’t physically run up some of them they were to big and too steep.  I was almost crawling at times.  Then came the final half mile or so along the beach.  Not just along the beach the marshals edged us right up to where the wave were lapping over our feet.  This last half a mile seemed to last for ever, just ahead of me on this final stretch I could see somebody I recognised.  It was my nemesis from the bike section competitor 270.  He must have overtaken me again on the run and was 40 feet ahead of me.  

Then we headed off the beach, onto the final sand dune and climb to the finish.  I tried to get back to the guy in front but he beat me by 8 seconds.  I saw family and friends as I came to the line, my friend Grant was there cheering me over the line, it was great of him to come so far to support me.  I missed my Dad who was there but somehow also missed me as I ran passed him.  Dad was chief lookout and was supposed to warn everyone that I was approaching the finish.  Somehow just like at Boundary Breeze he managed to miss me.  Jack did a great Job as chief photographer, he got some great photos.  Jacob and Grace despite the rain were there at the finish and both expressed a desire to do a Triathlon themselves.  Grace spent the rest of the day trying on my gear and playing triathlons.  

Despite the weather I had a great day, the event was organised brilliantly by Always Aim High Events and the marshals were very friendly and helpful.  I managed to raise £1135 for Myeloma UK which surpassed my expectations.  I managed to get myself from and bad place health and fitness wise and raised money at the same time.  It was hard but would I do it again? You bet I would.  

I’ve decided mostly due to the weather I’m retiring the bike until spring and I’m going to spend the next few months working on my running and swimming which are my 2 weakest events.  I’ve entered the Congleton Half marathon.  I may do another couple of half marathons before the end of the year.  Then I’m looking towards 2013 where I’m hoping to maybe do a full Marathon and possibly 1 or 2 longer triathlons.  I’ve definitely got the triathlon bug now and I intend to continue for as long as my body will allow.  I’ve got the idea rolling around somewhere in the back of my mind that I want to do an Ironman.  At the moment I’m thinking 2013 might be the year to do a half Ironman and maybe the full Ironman in 2014.  I’m not discounting the possibility of doing the full Ironman next year.  First though I want to try a couple of half marathons and maybe a full marathon before I make up my mind.  My body may decide that I’m only allowed to do Olympic distance triathlons.  Donna has also said that I’m never allowed to do and Ironman.  Donna might be right, my body might be right but watch this space.....

 

 

Sep
13
2012

Training, Done! Fuelling strategy, in progress

Last night’s swim session was my final training session ahead of the triathlon I’ve spend 6 and a half months training for.  I set out at the beginning with the aim of completing 150 hours of exercise as I thought that’s what would be needed to turn a fat mat into a fit man.  I’ve actually done 158 hours and I’m feeling ready.  I’ll spend the next 3 days keeping loose with a couple of easy runs and rides to keep myself fresh for the day.  

Today’s also the start of the carb loading phase.  I’ve done lots of research and sought advice from people with experience and I’ve planned my diet for the next 3 days.  I’m aiming for 600g-700g of good carbs a day.  I’ll put a few pounds on over the next few days but hopefully the majority of this will be stored as energy in my muscles to be release on the day.  I know I’ve spent the last 6 months of my life insufficiently fuelling my body for exercise as I’ve been trying to lose weight.  I’m looking forward after this to actually eating to train rather than eating to lose weight.  I’ve got big plans after Sunday and I’m going to need a lot of quality training. 

Here is my planned diet for the next few days.  Ok so it’s not the most appetising meal plan but it should provide me with the fuel on the day.  Feel free to let me know what you think.

 

Breakfast – Big bowl of Porridge + Syrup

Snack – Banana + small flap jack

Lunch – 2 baked potatoes + beans OR bowl of rice and beans

Snack – Banana + small flap jack

Dinner – Big bowl of pasta, tin of rice pudding

 

Sep
10
2012

Cometh the Sandman

The time has come.  6 months of hard work, sweat, pain and many ups and downs but we’re almost there.  The event that has consumed me for 6 months and caused me many sleepless night is right around the corner.

With less than a week to go until the Anglesey Sandman Triathlon there isn’t really any training I can do now, there are no more improvements to be made.  I’m easing back on volume of training this week, this is known as tapering.  Hopefully I’ll be fresh for Sunday, the key I think is to do as little training as possible this week, you can’t really over taper but you can under taper.  I did my commute to work this morning and felt very sluggish and had little energy, I’m hoping this is just part of the normal tapering process and not a dip in form. Only time will tell.

Pretty much most of the last 6 months has been geared towards getting fit and losing weight to be able to finished the Sandman.  Now I’ve reached this point I feel like I really want to train further and because I better triathlete.  I’m really enjoying it and fancy my chances of getting quite good.  It’s a long a slow process though but the hard part is done.   Just getting off the sofa and making that change is the hard part.  First thing Monday morning, maybe even Sunday night I’ll be looking at what my next challenge could be.  

I‘m actually really looking forward to Sunday and I know I’m going to really enjoy it.  Hopefully the weather will be kind but I’ll enjoy the day regardless.  I’m hoping for sunshine though just to keep the kids happy an entertained for the 2 hours that I’ll be on the bike for.  I’ve quite a few family members coming to Anglesey to watch and support me which I really appreciate.  I just hope the weather is good for them.

I do have a goal time in mind.  It’s a target I set myself from the very beginning and it’s very achievable.  It wont be easy, and if the weather is against me it might be impossible but I’ll give it everything I have on the day.  Although it’s not really important, the important thing is that I’m out there doing it and not sat at home being unfit.  I know deep down though that if I don’t beat my target I’ll be a little disappointed.  

My other target, being rubbish at swimming is not to be last out of the water.  In my warm up triathlon at boundary Breeze I didn’t come out of the water last but I was near the back and Jacob was not happy.  He wanted to see his Dad at the front.  Well Jacob, there is no chance of that but I’m going to make sure I’m not last just for you!

Also one last big thank you to everybody who has sponsored me, I’ve now raise £1020 for Myeloma UK.  It’s way more than I expected to raise and I’m really happy so many people supported me and sponsored me. I know my Uncle would be very impressed with my fundraising, let see if I can impress him further on the day.....

 
Sep
5
2012

Sandman Live Tracking

For anybody who is interested I've setup a live event on the Endomondo website and (if my phone can get a signal) I'll be beaming up my current position on both the bike and run legs.

The triathlon begins at 9:30am on the 16 of September and I'm hoping to be on my bike a little before 10:00am.  If all goes well I hope to be on the run section just before midday.

Also please don't forget I've put so much effort into training for this and it's for a great cause. I'm doing it in aid of Myloma UK.
Please sponsor me if you can. http://www.justgiving.com/Darren-Roberts-Triathlon

To view live Bike position on external site click here or view below

 

 

To view Live Running position on external website click here or view below

Aug
8
2012

Inspired by Olympic Spirit

As if the Olympics haven't been inspiring enough, watching the men's Triathlon yesterday I couldn't help being amazing and inspired by the athletic achievements of the Brownlee brothers.  To see Alistair Brownlee run 10k only 1 minute and 23 seconds slower than Mo Farah's Gold winning track time was just astounding.  The fact that Alistair had already swam 1 mile an cycled 43k shows what an athlete you need to be to succeed in Triathlon.  Clearly I'm not in the Brownlee brothers league, not even close, but watching them has spurred me on to do better and try harder.  

When I first signed up for the Anglesey Sandman it was a way of raising money for Myeloma UK and also hopefully for me to lose a bit of weight and get into a shape other than round.  I'm now well on my way to achieving both, I really want to beat my target time I set when I first started training.  I've realised 7 months isn't long enough to properly train for a triathlon when you're as unfit as I was.  Having said that I have a time in my mind that I believe is achievable with 5 more weeks training and I'm going to work hard and do everything I can to reach that goal.  

 

Jul
16
2012

Race Report: Boundary Breeze Triathlon

Lonely Shoes at T2I can now officially call myself a Triathlete after competing in the Boundary Breeze triathlon Yesterday.  Preparation probably wasn’t the best, having been DJing the night before.  I returning home around 1am and after unloading the car I did my best to get some sleep.  Unfortunately the excitement was already building and the Adrenalin was already flowing, there was no way I was getting a decent night sleep.  I woke at 7 and had a bowl of porridge with some honey and made my way to boundary for just after 8.  I was one of the first to arrive at registration and pretty much the first person at T2.  I found myself stood at the rack staring at my running shoes thinking, ‘There has to be more to T2 than just this’.  I waited around as other people arrived and set their kit up just to make sure I’d done things ok.  I noticed other people had running belts which they attached their race numbers too but other than that my T2 setup was about right.  I then waited around and soon met up with Hamish and Ewan from the club.

Bike at T1We set off together on the 10 minute walk to find T1.  The rack numbers at T1 were our race number plus 250, easy for me as I my race number was 150 but I could see plenty of people struggling to even figure out what rack number was theirs.  I had a great spot too, centre rack, end spot right by the exit.  Best spot in the race but it was very much wasted on me.  I racked the bike, placed my helmet on the seat and sunglasses on the helmet, tri shoes by the bike. I didn’t attempt to attach the shoes to the bike at this point, I need to practice that before I try it in a race. I put the helmet on my seat because had to make sure I had my helmet on before I even touched my bike or I’d be disqualified.  Now we just had to wait.  

Me ready for the swim

I was in wave 3 so I watched the first 2 waves and the nerves grew with each one.  I found myself wondering why I’d put myself in this position. I was beginning to think what a mistake it was, thinking I could do something like this.  The time had come to get in the water.  I chose a position around the middle.  I didn’t want to be right on the line and get in the way of the faster swimmers and I didn’t want to be at the back, I didn’t see the point in adding an extra 20 meters to swim.  The hooter sounded and we were away. I was initially surprised that the commotion wasn’t as bad as I had been expecting and I soon found myself in some clear water just getting on with my own race.  I realised pretty quickly that 90% of the rest of the field were much faster than me but I wasn’t going to try to keep up, I was just happy to take a steady pace.  About half way round I passed a few people who had started doing breaststroke, clearly they had gone too hard.  I came out of the water with the stragglers at the back of the field, not last thankfully but not far off it.  I jogged into T1 whilst unzipping the wetsuit and found my bike.  I got the wetsuit off with ease,  Then came my first mistake. I started putting my helmet on before taking my swimming cap off. Doh! It maybe only cost me 10 seconds but these little mistakes all add up and that mistake may have cost me a place.  I’d been concentrating so much thinking Helmet first before touching the bike that the swimming cap just didn’t cross my mind. I had a serious case of sea legs at this point too and was staggering about slightly, I wasn’t tired but still feeling the motion of the water.  I jumped on my bike and was determined to catch as many of the people who left me in their wake in the lake as I could. 

I knew the bike would be my best discipline and it was.  I got overtaken by 3 riders who I think were from cycling clubs judging by their race kits.  I must have passed about 30 riders myself on the bike and was feeling pretty good.  I could have put the hammer down and gone harder but with my limited experience I decided to go hard but not full gun.  No real issues during the bike apart from at one point a horse box pulled out of a junction on me and forced me to slow down, I probably lost a minute then whilst the horsebox was held up by a cyclist in front. I soon followed the horsebox past that cyclist and was once again on my way. Coming up wash lane, approaching T2 I saw my family, clearly I was going too fast as they didn’t see me and then I made my biggest mistake.  I had intended to leave the shoes on the bike but wasn’t thinking and unclipped from the pedals at the dismount line and started to push th

e bike whilst still in my tri shoes.  This lost me a lot of time as it was a long run from the dismount line to the rack and I couldn’t run properly on the concrete.  I ended up stopping half way taking off the shoes and carrying them to the rack.  I think I probably wasted best part of a minute doing this.  A lesson learned for next time.  

I started the run in the usual fashion after just been on the bike, awkwardly.  I’ve still not got the hang of that yet, I was careful not to go too hard early though which is easily done after being used to the speed of the bike.  I saw Hamish approaching T2 as I was exiting. I was a little surprised as I had a 20 minute start on him but I was expecting him to catch me on the bike.  Then I saw my family on the corner of Wash Lane again, I must have been running too fast though as they didn’t see me this time either.  It’s not like there were crowds of runners!  I set off on the 1 lap of the run and about 1k in Hamish passed me and gave me a few words of encouragement.  About 20-30 seconds later I saw Hamish’s main rival for the win hot on his heels.  The run was out and back twice so I passed Hamish and his rival 3 times. I paid attention each time they passed and I could see that the guy in 2nd was not gaining ground on Hamish and I knew he had the win.  I saw Ewan about 1k into his run as I was about 4k in mine and we gave each other some encouragement and then I suddenly realised my next mistake.  I realised I’d switched off and was enjoying the occasion but I’d forgotten it was a race.  What made me realise was a woman passed me and I thought to myself, ‘she’s running really slow... but she’s just overtaken me’.  At this point I remembered I was there to race and picked up the pace.  I managed to overtake a couple of people in the last kilometre which made me a little happier but also made me realise I should have gone harder earlier.  I received a brilliant welcome at the line and they called my name as I finished, something that just doesn’t happen in the bigger running events where there are thousands entered.  3 seconds after crossing the line I had an immense surge of ecstasy and pride.  I felt epic. I finished the race in 1:33:28.  

Swim       00:18:51
Cycle      00:46:33
Run        00:28:05  

I Massive congratulations to Hamish on his 1st career win.  1st of many for sure. And well done to Team Knutty Tri Club who won the team event with Hamish, Robert and Damien all finishing in the top 12.  Well don to Ewan also in his 2nd Triathlon and for smashing his PB!

Overall thoughts on my progress

I’d managed to complete a Triathlon which a few people doubted I could do months before.  I’ve come a long way in the 4 months I’ve been training and my fitness has increase massively.  I'm still a long way off where I want to be but I'm well on target. When receiving my t-shirt yesterday the woman looked at me and handed me a medium without even thinking.  4 months ago she’d have gone for the XL and that small insignificant moment was one thing that really made me proud of myself yesterday.   I just need to get my kids to recognise I’m not big and fat like Daddy Pig anymore.

This blog is all about me and my family.  I'm currently training for IronmanUK.  Jack has his own astronomy blog and there is a link below. 

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