Sunday, 1 January 2017


Happy New Year to you all.  The start of any new year is usually met with optimism, it's going to be better than last year and it certainly going to be a big year for me as I continue with Mission Ironman - raising money for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.  But before I lay down my plans for 2017 I think it is always worthwhile reflecting on the previous year, what was achieved and what was learned along the way.
Overall 2016 was a great success.  I had a PB in my 70.3 Ironman and a PB in my "A" race, Ironman Frankfurt.  So on the surface everything went well and I am pleased with the results.  But that is why you have to do a deeper review.  A pulled hamstring meant I couldn't run before IM for 5 weeks and this is a recurring injury so I have to get that sorted.  Strengthening and stretching are required so my training schedule will take this into account as this years "A" race will require increased strength not only in my hamstrings but my core and upper body.  Falling ill 6 weeks out from IM couldn't be prevented but it reminded me that when pushing my body to the limit in training, I need to look after myself with good food, nutrition and rest.  After Ironman I then went on to a PB in:
1- eating food
2- drinking alcohol
3- putting on weight
I've been doing a little training, mainly running, in the last 3 months but it hasn't been enjoyable. Carrying a "front rucksack" has slowed me down and increased my heart rate - "no shit Sherlock" I hear you say.  So my first goal is to shed the excess weight and get back to a proper training regime monitored and motivated by my amazing coach.
As for 2017 I have two 70.3 Ironman competitions in May and July.  These are in the calendar to ensure I cross train and avoid injury - plus I love that distance of IM.  You can push yourself without the time commitment required for the full Ironman distance.
My "A" race is the Grand to Grand Ultra - ( - 170 in 6 days unsupported up and down the Grand Canyon. It will involve rope climbing and steep descents so I will need to be strong and flexible.
It's exciting having goals (not New Year resolutions because they don't work!) for the coming year and I look forward to sharing my journey with you.  Today started with a 10km run and having not had any alcohol last night, I felt fantastic.  Reboot 2017 has started!


  1. Happy New Year to you and yours. Best of luck with this year's "mad" challenge.

    Nick & Edwina

  2. Thanks Nick and Edwina for your continued support. Happy New Year to you both.