Monthly Archives: August 2012

Happy birthday dear!

It was the girlfriends birthday last week. We went for a nice dinner at a posh restaurant, I got her a purse (it’s only been 9 months and I was advised by her close friend – I’m not that good at this sort of stuff) but it was our first birthday as a couple. I had to set a standard what with mine due next. But jesus, it’s an expensive game keeping a woman happy.

There I was in a high end high street retailers (other pretentious outlets are available) in my best running trainers and knee length shorts, talking to a delightful homosexual about purses and prices and how ‘this one would be great if she has a dark bag, she’ll be able to find her purse in her bag on a night out’. Great! She hasn’t managed to find it yet when I’ve been out with her…So after paying for it and then picking up the bill at said posh restaurant, my selfishness kicked in; ‘This has set me back the price of a decent new wetsuit’. Then I snapped out of it, realising I was being totally out of order. It’s a pair of Aero Wheels I need more.

It’s never cool to talk about money or how much things cost, but I’m going to.

To compete in IronMan UK in 2013 I actually need to set a budget and try to stick to it. Here is my essential shopping list.

I do need a wetsuit. It’s quite easy to pick up a basic one from budget websites like Wiggle and I have seen other places on ebay where you can grab an out of favour or out of season wetsuit for a reasonable price. Any advice you have on wetsuits, feel free to comment below, but you’re looking at say £120 to get fixed up from new.

I love my bike! I’ve had Specialiazed all my life from my first mountain bike up to my first road bike. I current roll out on a 2010 Specialized Allez Sport which is like brand new. I clean her after every ride and before big rides always give her a little once over and service her more than the girlfriend. I think I’m going to do IronMan UK 2013 on this bike. I’d love to reward the bike with completing the course as well, having helped me out so much over the years, a loyal servant. I do have tri-bars fixed on already, but I’m going to add Aero Wheels (above) from Kinetic One to give it a bit oomph and it will also free up a spare rear wheel for my turbo trainer. So with cassette, tires and tubes, we’re talking around £300. New shoes and pedals will need to be sorted too, put £100 to one side for those.

I love running and can often become a bit engrossed and unusually nerdy about running trainers. I used to rock out a pair of Brooks but when my ITB first went I felt like my trainers had cheated on me. Left me hurt and confused. Why would you do this to me?! When I came back from rehab and started from scratch with my mileage, it was a good time to punctuate a new start with trainers too. I went to Up & Running and was there for over an hour trying out different pairs. The shop assistant was incredibly patient and helpful, probably for different reasons than the purse guy, but I ended up with some Saucony Guide 5’s (below). I’ve loved these trainers and for the first time in my life I may go and buy a second pair of the same ones. I’ve clocked up around 350 miles in these so they are due a refresh but I’ve set PB’s in these, nor felt any recurrence with my ITB. They were £90.

So to get cracking on the basic base layers for each discipline, we’re talking around £510. I need to enter IronMan UK 2013, which last year was around £415. And I am also taking on a coach – £50 per 4 weeks. My diet will change, I need to be at the pool 3 times a week (£10:50 / £42 PCM), I’ll no doubt have to visit a physio along the way, so it all mounts up.

Or I can recommend the Lamb with sweet potato mash



While I’ve been taking a short break from pretty much everything, I’ve become a bit of a geek for IronMan. I remember seeing this video a while ago and watched it again today. ‘The Crawl’ from 1997 can actually bring a tear to your eye when you appreciate the pain and determination from Sian Welch & Wendy Ingaham literally crawling over the finish line at IronMan World Champs.

I watched this video just after I’d pre-registered for IronMan UK 2013, which was quite the opposite from off-putting. I want that pain and that feeling of absolute commitment to the cause. Part of this time off is getting me ready in the head for the start of training and it gives me time to valuate what I want to become. It’s hard to rationalise 140.6 miles and answer the ‘why?’ other than just simply wanting to do it. Why do we all do it? The money? The fame? I doubt it. Somewhere in us, we just want to be an IronMan.

Pre-Training intake

With little under a month until I officially begin my 11 month training program for IronMan UK 2013, I am trying out some new supplements to help prepare my body for the slog ahead. I’ve traditionally been a bit injury prone around my knee’s, in particular with my ITB (a common injury with runners discussed here), so I’ve taken some advice and begun a course of Glucosamine & Chondrotin Complex & Devils Claw on top of my usual cod liver oil capsules.

It’s kind of a suck it and see trial and error process, but while I’m taking a little break I thought it would be worth a shot. When I begin training and start to take my diet more seriously to get all the benefits, I’ll start to incorporate more things like Brazil nuts for snacks, olive oil and turmeric in cooking and a spoon full of flax seed on top of my cereal.

It’ll be interesting to see how these added doses of natural ingredients work, but anything to stay injury free is noted. Having the capsules laid out for each days consumption is also a mental reminder that I am preparing myself for something even though I may not actually be slipping the trainers on.