Its another zero – Iron Man post (although I am not quite at the zero stage). I guess you probably get pretty sick of these threads so hang with me
So why am I here? I know at some point I am gonna have questions (especially over the format and technicalities of triathalon on which I am currently clueless) and I thought it better to have my own thread where you might know my back ground and aims better (if you read this essay!) Plus – once the goals is written down – its more likely to happen in my experience!
A bit of background on me – Im 33, 6ft, currently 17st 10 with a decent amount of muscle mass.
I have always been active and sporty but have had a weight problem most of my life. No excuses - Im educated enough to know what I need to do to control my weight -I just havnt always had the discipline for it. Im competitive and driven but my chosen sport was lawn bowls(which I played at a decent level). Unfortunately it is one of those skill based games that requires you to play every day of the year and has quite an unhealthy drinking and lifestyle culture attached…. This saw my weight peak at just over 20.5 stone at around 26-27 years old…I was smoking pretty heavy and in a piss poor state looking back.
I then got into weight training and lost 4.5 stone with no cardio involved at all. I was training at a mates home gym and when he moved away I stopped training….Then I yo yo’d for a couple of years and crept back up to 19.5st. I then started doing some short bike rides on a mountain bike, which turned into a commute once or twice a week, which turned into buying a hybrid, joining a club, buying a road bike and then from nowhere came an audacious plan to cycle solo and unsupported from Lands End to John O Groats for cancer research in memory of a good friend.
I had never cycled more than 15 miles and I trained pretty hard for my Lejog and again got down to 16.5 stone and completed it successfully in 2014 raising over £4k. Then I had nothing to train for so I started to creep the weight back on again. I eventually decided I needed something else to scare me into action so I looked for the toughest one day cycling challenge I could find and entered coast to coast in a day sportive 2015 …. 150 miles and 15000ft of climbing including Hardnott pass and its nasty brothers. Once again I trained pretty hard and although I didn’t lose as much weight (I was 17.5 st on the day) I had enough climbing and miles in my legs that I completed it in 14 hours (an hour under my schedule)
Cue the weight creeping back on again over the bowls season. (there is a theme here). The end result of this experience is that I know I need to be focused on a goal that scares and excites me or I drift. I currently work 5 days a week and have a second job at the weekend as I have a partner and 4 year old and we are trying to save for a mortgage while renting. My jobs are office based, not bad pay and I get looked after very well – so I take no stress or work home with me…. This means I am more than happy to train before work and after….I finish at 4.30pm and have no big commute so I have plenty of evening time free. My work is 7 miles from home so its rideable, runnable and we have wet room so I could run in my lunch hour too.