I was standing on the start line of my third running race in less than 24 hours. My legs were sore but it was only a 5k. How bad could it be?

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The day before we had run the Lock up the Year trail half marathon. I had run pretty hard and was reasonably happy with the time although it was a less impressive placing than last year. There was a few faster runners  this year and I was dropped out of the lead group within the first kilometer.

I was all prepared to write my race report in my head as I went racing shoulder to shoulder for the lead for 21k but instead I spent the entire race alone and time trialing the whole way.

On the 1st of January there was two parkruns that we could run. One at 9:30 in Bushy Park and the second at 11am in Tymon. I wasn’t expecting much from either one after yesterdays race but when I finished with a 20:43 for the first I actually thought that the second one would go just as well. Possibly faster as it would be run on a faster course.

Not so much as it turned out. As soon as I started my legs were in a complete bag of shite and I dropped from the front of the race back into the middle of the pack and just kept on going backwards. I was glad to see the finish line and I wasn’t even remotely tempted to do a cool down lap.

Anyway here’s the rest of the weeks training for those interested in the numbers.

You can check out last weeks post here if you missed out.


Monday 1st 1:05 (1)

  • Run 1:05 13.5k inc two parkruns

Tuesday 2nd —

  • Off

Wednesday 3rd 1:15 1:15 (1)

  • Swim 1:15 3500m

Thursday 4th 3:05 (2)

  • Bike 2:40 82k turbo
  • Run :25 4K

Friday 5th 3:40 (2)

  • Bike 3:10 101k turbo
  • Run :30 5k

Saturday 6th 1:45 (1)

  • Run 1:45 18k inc parkrun

Sunday 7th 1:55 (1)

  • Run 1:55 17k

  • Total hours sessions 12:45 (8)
  • Swim 1:15 3500m (1)
  • Bike 5:50 183k (2)
  • Run 5:40 57.5k (5)
  • S&C —

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From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.

Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes

It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.