Well we did it! Finished in one piece, no injuries, no bike issues and with huge grins on our faces!! My finish time was 15 hrs 10 and Dave’s was a magnificent 13 hrs 52!!! We couldn’t wait to show mum our medals! So far we have raised a whopping £2000!! I am still coming to terms with what we have actually achieved! It was hard, really hard but at no point did I want to give up, in spite of the dark place I was in 6 hours into the bike, faced with a head wind, tired legs, a … Continue reading Ironsiblings slayed the dragon!!
One week to go and I’m feeling good, nerves are starting to creep in but so far keeping a handle on it. I’ve been quite reflective this last week in order to instill positivity and confidence! I’ve been looking back on my training- which has gone really well due to good weather, a realistic plan, an amazingly supportive family and a range of training buddies! The fortnightly update of the chalk board has become quite a ritual! Also looking back on the events I have taken part in to prepare myself reminds me how lucky I am to be in … Continue reading 7 Days to go!!!!
I’ve just returned from our family holiday to the Dordogne in France, which was really lovely with lots of well needed family time, relaxation and of course more training! It was great though as once I had done my early morning training I knew I could flop on a sun lounger and eat french bread and cheese to my heart’s delight! The area was great for bike riding, plenty of lovely places to visit along the river ; Beynac, Roque Gageac, Vitrac, Cenac and some great climbing up to Domme! It was very hot though, some days it got up … Continue reading Holiday training
What a week! First the Breca Gower Swimrun and then the Long Course Weekend Tenby. Both incredible events in the most gorgeous surroundings, with the sun shining and calm waters!! The Breca event consisted of: Run: 17.8km | Swim: 2.2km | Transitions: 8 | Total: 20km | Total Ascent: 560m … Continue reading 3 Events in 1 Week!
They say aero is everything, in cycling the biggest force you are pushing against is the air. And as I am going to be required to be cycling 112 miles and then have enough energy to run(more likely run / … Continue reading Aero is everything
The next challenge is the Gower Breca Swimrun in July! So with my team mate Tom Richardson we have tried to get in the sea as much as possible and have started running in our wetsuits and swimming in our trail shoes! Crazy I know but what a way to experience our amazing coastline! Training is going well especially now the sea has warmed up a bit, we did our first open water 3K distance and felt good! All this training I think is starting to rub off! Ed, who is 9- did first proper sea swim tonight … Continue reading Just keep swimming…running…swimming..running
I am so chuffed to have completed the Cardiff to Tenby ride this weekend, it took a huge amount of courage, my longest ride yet- 106 miles! I was super nervous starting in Cardiff, there was lots of traffic and I got separated from the little group I started with, I then had an injury and cut my fingers by doing something stupid (which I’m too embarrassed to share). So I was then on my own, with bleeding, sore fingers and not 100% sure of the route! I had a little ‘wobble’ and the doubt crept in for a minute- … Continue reading Blood Sweat and Tears!
I have officially started the training plan now which means 20 weeks until the big event! It is a ‘Super Simple’ Ironman Training Plan written by Matt Fitzgerald (Endurance sports writer, coach and nutritionist). I followed his 70.3 plan which … Continue reading 20 Weeks and Counting!
Of the three disciplines I would say that the bike leg is the one I favour. Having always ridden mountain bikes, and lately becoming a MAMIL and riding the inaugural Velothon in Cardiff I have some confidence that I should … Continue reading Training for “The Bike”
I’ve managed a few more road rides on my new bike, weather hasn’t been great, but had one sunny, gorgeous early morning ride around Gower- aiming to get as many hills in as possible! I love getting up and out … Continue reading Mixing it Up!