Back in the Saddle - Ironman Wales Training

Cycled from London to Brighton

Everyone has those moments of madness right?  The kind when you decide you want to do something you've been thinking about for a long time... You think it's maybe a crazy plan, but you feel so alive and excited when you think of taking on this goal, that in the end you take the plunge, enter your credit card details, press the button and that's it - you've signed up.  Perhaps it's booking a one way ticket to a foreign destination with only £200 in your back pocket, signing up for your first Tough Mudder or booking those language courses you've always wanted to take. For me, it happened last September when I signed up for my first Ironman.

Ironman Wales
Ironman Wales

To complete the ironman I will have to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.3 miles in one sitting. So here I am, trying my best to fit in the ludicrously high volume of training prescribed to me by my 24 week Ironman training guide book.

Fell off the plan after week one, improvising now!
Fell off the plan after week one, improvising now!

I've done 5 weeks so far of swimming, running and British Military Fitness and it's been good but I haven't ridden my bike since November last year.  Last week I was in a cycle shop talking to one of the staff about kit, when he asked me which ironman I was doing. I explained which one and said I was about to start my cycle training. I was confronted with a raised eyebrow and the words "ooh, optimistic".  It was more of a statement than a question. I brushed it off, telling him "I will be fine, I've done endurance events in the past", but secretly I was thinking "s*** he's right"!  Luckily, I was on my way to France at the time and had my bike in tow.

Last week I went on 4 rides totalling 220 miles.  Definitely back in the saddle now!  The weather and roads in France are superb for cycling, it was cold with clear blue skies and undulating roads alongside the Seine, I clocked 80 miles over Sunday and Thursday.

Beautiful 30 mile evening ride in Normandy
Beautiful 30 mile evening ride in Normandy

In the UK, I rode from London to Brighton with Simon on Saturday clocking 85 miles, unfortunately not very scenic as our GPS died and we had to follow the main roads.

Simon looking unimpressed on the side of the A23
Simon looking unimpressed on the side of the A23
London Road- Brighton Road
London Road- Brighton Road
Arrived In Brighton, very happy for a break from the saddle!
Arrived In Brighton, very happy for a break from the saddle!
Back in London cycling home, blue skies
Back in London cycling home, blue skies
Beer O'Clock
Beer O'Clock

Living in East London also gives me easy access to Essex where the roads are quiet and hilly  (good training) so clocked off another 55 miles on Sunday with my cycling buddy Kristian.

Ticking off the miles with Kristian in Essex
Ticking off the miles with Kristian in Essex
Blue skies and country lanes
Blue skies and country lanes
Happy Days
Happy Days