Runs, rides ‘n' swims and a Half Ironman by JSIMMONDS


A story of couch potato to exercise nutcase is mine. I was never great at sport, always picked in the middle – never last, but certainly never first. ...

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Started: 21 Nov 2008

Last post: 4 Feb 2013

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    Feb0420134:35 p.m.

    I can't go over the "it's been too long" stuff again. Suffice to say that I blogged once in 2012. Just once. Poor.

    Anyway, I am still here. And I am still doing what I was back then. As we are deep in winter, I am deep into LSR territory, which is going well, despite a niggly left claf strain at the moment. Last month was a watershed for me: 101 miles in a month, which was the first time I had broken that boundary since March 2009. A long way for me.

    No cycling at present due to the weather and precious little swimming too, but I do have a plan for 2013. I am stopping entering "the toughest half ironmans" I can find and instead am going for a flat and fast one - the Ely Monster Middle Distance triathlon: 1.2 mile river swim (sadly upstream), 56 mile flat and fast course followed by a 13.1 mile flat run. Should be a PB for me then, and in my head, I have "sub 6 hours", which equates to a 45 min swim, 3 hour bike and 2 hour run, with transitions. That is POTENTIALLY possible, but marginal!

    The other thing which has kept me busy is the Andover parkrun. I still am a Run Director for it and it does take up a fair bit of time and effort but I still love it, and we will be 2 years old this year.

    I'm not going to make this a long post as it is my first back for a while, but hopefully you might see me a bit more in the coming months.

    Have added an image from a recent LSR for your delictation.


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    • Firefly123 'Great to hear from you, Jon and I'm so glad I'm not the only occasional blogger. Great photo, but it looks very cold!' added 4th Feb 2013

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    • Hope_Mountain_Runner 'When you break down a triathlon and look at it like that, it is a heck of a challenge, to stay close to 20mph on the bike for the best part of 3 hours is a toughie in itself. I have the utmost respect for anyone who dares to take these things on.' added 4th Feb 2013

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    • moose10 'good to hear from you Jon and good luck with the plan for the tri nice piicy never got any of the white stuff down this neck of the woods' added 5th Feb 2013

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