26Fe: Road to Ironman

A blog documenting the journey of a fat bas*@#d, as he prepares for one of the toughest endurance races on the planet, an Ironman Triathlon.

Who ate all of the pies?…

This is me 18 months ago. A heavily smoking, overweight 29-year-old. The cause? I was desperately unhappy with my situation and that led to a number of viscous cycles.

Fat Man

The turning point

On the 21st July 2014 I had an epiphany. I needed to pursue happiness and this meant cutting out the negative influences in my life. That day I designed and subsequently got a tattoo, to act as a constant reminder.

Tattoo design

Jumping back in…

I had been a keen swimmer for a number of years but had lost the motivation in recent months. I quit smoking that day and began frequenting the local pool. Just a few lengths at first, switching between breaststroke and freestyle.

Jumping in the pool

Going to great lengths…

Every week I would do more lengths, becoming faster as my technique improved. In 2015 I competed in 2 running events, 3 sprint distance triathlons and 10 swimming events, the longest of which was the 7 mile Isoman open water swim. All of which raised much needed funds for various good causes.

me at the great east swim

Tri Tri again…

I loved taking part in the triathlons. The atmosphere was electric and everyone was really friendly and outgoing, with the exception of couple of people that sniggered at my mountain bike that I used for my first event. (not the bike pictured which I borrowed)

On my bike at the Shrewsbury Triathlon


I began to look at the various triathlon distances and there at the top of the list was the Full Ironman, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, immediately followed by a 112 mile bike ride, leading straight into a marathon (26.2 miles)!

I knew I was a long way from that sort of level. I had the swimming down but at the time hadn’t run more than 15km since my knee surgery and I’d never cycled more than about 60km. The swimming and running distances individually would still be marked as a tremendous achievement for me, but I wanted more and I decided that I was willing to put in the work to get there and I know I can, with the help of my support team/partner!

Me and my support team / girlfriend.

The road awaits…

I set a goal, Ironman 2017. My plan for 2016 is to compete in a lot more long distance running and cycling events, as well as a 70.3 (half Ironman distance triathlon). A 2017 date will also give me lots of time to design an Ironman tattoo!

I started this blog as a way to keep motivated, share my progress, my mistakes and what I’ve learned from others.

Freeing willy

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