The reasoning behind the madness!

The reasoning behind the madness!

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UPDATE! 25 Oct 2010

It is with great sadness that I write this update. On the 25th October 2010 my little sister sadly passed away at the age of 31. She had bravely battled MND for 11 years. She had never given up and had achieved to much even after developing MND, winning the Open University award for achievement to gaining a degree. She will be greatly missed and will for ever be in our thoughts. Love you sis :D

Well where to start, it was all originally done as I was carry to much weight and wanted to loose it. Which I am sure it most peoples story begins, however after loosing the weight I actually started to enjoy running outside. Joined some forums (BCTTT & Runners World), there inspiration and helpfullness has helped me a lot. Now I am also swimming and commuting a couple of times a week to work on my bike! Now since 2011 I accomplished more than I thought I ever would or could. From 5k runs to an Ironman in 2014 and The Outlaw in 2015. In 2016 I am going down a different route, I will be trying Ultra's as you can see from my events I have already entered 3 so far. Now I thought wait a minute I need to have one more motivation and that people is my sister Emma. Since the age of 20 she was very unfortunate and developed MND (Motor Neurone Disease), she is now 31 years of Age. Her health has deteriatated over the years and we nearly lost her last year. My mum had to give up her work and become a full time carer for my sister and my dad takes over the duties when he comes home from work. All the races I do will be in aid of my sister and all money raised will be donated to MND to help raise awareness and research in the disease. Thanks for all your help and enjoy my training blog,

Monday, 21 April 2014

Galashiels Sprint

Easter Weekend. We decided to make the most of it in advance. We booked into a premier inn @ Dalkeith for 2 nights (Saturday and Sunday).

Saturday we spent the day in Edinburgh and it was a glorious day, parked at Holyrood Park and trundled up to Camera Obscura. Fantastic attraction would recommend it to anyone lots of things to do.

Anyway Saturday was pretty much a low key affair, I did a wee cycle first thing in the morning on the road bike as speedy was all packed. On the Easter Sunday morning it was freezing overcast and looked as though it was going to rain, yup looks like my cycling luck of weather was back :(. Took us ages to get to Galashiels with all the road works happening. Once we arrived it was busy and had to park at an alternative place just down the road. Disaster struck when taking the bike out and the cassette fell off the rear wheel? Err WTF, I have never taken one off never mind put one back on. Took me about 10mins to figure out how to put it back on again.

Got myself registered number 133. Racked the bike, as it was my 40th a couple of weeks back. Yvonne kindly bought me a Amphibia x2 transition bag. This helped a lot. Did not have to worry about trying juggle a box and the bike at the same time. Nearly time for the swim heats to start (I was heat 2 lane 3)

I was tired the beds at the Premier Inn were brick hard. Rebecca decided that she was not going to sleep and of course I am a worrier so I had not slept the previous 3 or so nights leading up to the event. I could of been classed as a walking dead. My swim was sluggish, I never got lapped the opposite happened I lapped everyone else. Before I knew it the pool swim was over and was out running to the bike, yes running.

T1, was not as eventful I usually have, quickly got my socks, shoes and helmet on. My glasses got stuck in my helmet and when I tried to get them out the lens fell out. Grrrr so had to stop to pick up the lens. Then had to stop again once passed T1 take helmet off to remove the glasses that got stuck. Time wasted and when I looked at the results would of bumped me up 2 places. Annoyed to say the least. They had changed the cycle this year more hills and 2km extra. Was starting to panic as I wanted to get under 1hr30 and this was going to be a big ask with the route change. The first hill is a killer, even though it is only about 100yards long it is easily 20% gradient. Got passed here by one person. Overall I got passed by 3 people but I did overtake a different 3 people. The bike route was hard going, the hills killed me. When I looked at my average speed was 17mph. So not as bad as I first thought. Got back to T2

Quick change of the shoes and off with the jacket and time for the trail run 2 laps, just glad it was dry or this would of been a bog run. The run was uneventful again got overtaken by 2 people but I overtook about 6.

Overall I did it in under the time I wanted to

Time:- 01:28:20

Swim00:14:261.7 kilometre/hr00:36:0500:09:1000:14:3800:21:31
Cycle00:46:3925.7 kilometre/hr00:02:1900:35:1100:47:3501:12:09
Run00:23:5312.6 kilometre/hr00:04:4600:15:2900:23:3800:57:11

Previous results

2011:-  1hr 46mins 18 secs (00:18:04 - 00:02:41 - 00:49:15 - 00:02:18 - 00:33:40) 124/128
2012 :- 1hr 33mins 8 secs (00:16:42 - 00:01:59 - 00:42:41 - 00:02:23 - 00:29:23) 89/111
2013 :- 1hr 32mins 4 secs (00:12:57 - 00:04:02 - 00:43:10 - 00:03:06 - 00:26:24) 102/142
2014 :- 1hr 28mins 20 secs (00:14:26 - 00:01:53 - 00:46:39 - 00:01:27 - 00:23:53) 84/168

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