Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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16/09/2012 at 15:11
Now I'm humbled one of our runners took a tumble and ran his last twelve miles with a broken foot. Now that's HTFU and some !
16/09/2012 at 18:22

SD - I didn't volunteer. In fact I clearly said I wanted nothing to do with the stupid event. Somehow I got forced into running 20 miles on the graveyard shift 

16/09/2012 at 18:29
Which reminds me, have you put your IMUK 2013 entry in yet?
16/09/2012 at 18:59

Nope. Not doing it. I have committed to focusing on a spring marathon. After that I'll get back into tri training. Thinking about maybe a half distance. Probably Ely Monster. Ironman will wait until 2014.

16/09/2012 at 21:27

Second OW swim this evening, again at Chi Lake.  Back from weekend away a bit early so managed to get there. Last week I muddled round 3 x 375m laps with a few breaks (breast stroke/lay on back) each lap and a few minutes rest between laps.  This week 4 laps with no stops on each lap and just a minute (approx.) between laps. Breathing under control. What a difference a week makes.  Still two weeks to my first Tri and things looking good.

17/09/2012 at 07:35
Morning. Found some footage of BossHolgs doing his first event

Nurse Ratched    pirate
17/09/2012 at 09:36

I am considerably less than chuffed this morning.  Brushed my teeth, leaned over to get a towel, stood up straight again, and was instantly on my knees thanks to the pain in my back.  F****** P***** OFF.

Rafiki    pirate
17/09/2012 at 10:09

Nursey...that's not good. Stupid question, I know, but do you know the cause....or is it down to be 6 foot 2 and 20 stone?

Nurse Ratched    pirate
17/09/2012 at 11:11

Yeah Raf, at this height and weight my back has a lot to cope with 

I have long-standing, permanent damage to my lumbar discs. Training and working as a nurse 'back in the day', when we bodily lifted every patient using lifts/techniques which are now banned because they're dangerous, has done the damage.

I'm particularly annoyed at this episode because I've been doing my physio exercises, and they seemed to be making a difference.

Have managed to get a cancellation appointment with the physio this morning, so maybe he'll be able to get me standing straight again!

Rafiki    pirate
17/09/2012 at 11:28

I hope the Physio appoint goes OK - I did my back in a couple of years ago and had to spend several days flat on my back doing nothing - it was extremley painful and very frustrating. Fortunately, I've been fine since (well in relative terms ), but I can sympathise with you!

17/09/2012 at 12:18

Nurse reading about your issues and another pirate Andy? who had back problems after the bike in 2012.

I've booked myself in for a bike fit, I have warned them my bike is ancient so hope they won't laugh too much when I turn up. Going to Birdgtown cycles on Nov 1st as I'm on holiday that way then. 

Should help hubby realise i'm taking this seriously and am going to my best not to get hurt.

IronCat5    pirate
17/09/2012 at 12:39
AliBear30 wrote (see)

Going to Birdgtown cycles on Nov 1st as I'm on holiday that way then. 

In Staffs? Lucky you, plenty of bling there!


17/09/2012 at 12:51

Yep my bad typo Bridgtown Cycles is what it should say.

I'm stupidly excited, also not really got the budget to even set foot in that shop but they seem very friendly even though I've mentioned that.  They will get a shock when they see the ancient one, although she goes in for a respray soon so will look a little better by the time they see her. 

Hoping they'll be the people to upgrade the peddles at least.

Edited: 17/09/2012 at 13:01
WildWill    pirate
17/09/2012 at 13:00



just spotted a local Marathon at the end of next month ... have not realy done any marathon trainng ... but may have to do it anyway 

17/09/2012 at 13:02

Cake are you starting a my bikes older than your bike competition?

So far the scores on the doors for that are 1 - 0 to me.  


Nurse Ratched    pirate
17/09/2012 at 13:41

Just back from physio, so I am a wee bit straighter than I was this morning.  Still very stiff and sore, and have to try to stay in a position where my spine is straight. Am typing this from the living room floor.
No training  and no work  this week. 

17/09/2012 at 13:44

NR - not training is not good, but no work sounds OK, does that include housework too? Hopefully you've got someone who can help do that for you , after all I'm sure plenty of mugs of tea were also prescribed?

I'm reading Iron War at the moment and from that it appears that what makes endurance athletes succeed is their ability to suffer and not give up. Seems like you're doing very well on the training for that bit?

Can you read from down there? don't drop the laptop on yourself please.

Edited: 17/09/2012 at 13:44
Nurse Ratched    pirate
17/09/2012 at 14:00

I am a hard-headed, stubborn old beeeatch, and this is a minor setback!

I am being waited on hand and foot, and will try not give myself a black eye with the laptop.

17/09/2012 at 15:04

Aw nurse, do you need an emergency Chardonnay air drop? 

Nurse Ratched    pirate
17/09/2012 at 15:08

 Ooooh, yes please.  And a box of long straws.

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