I'll just add a word of wisdom that Crashie told me when I started training for my first IM - "you're not training for an Ironman yet.... you are training to cope with the training for an Ironman". That stuck with me. It's hard. Respect the distance. If you don't train properly it will bite your ass and you will fail.
I think it's harder for the 'slower' people (including myself in this as I am NOT fast). I'm not a natural talent at this unlike people like Meli, Kittenkat, Rosie etc. who can whizz round in amazing times... we (as in 'slower ones') are out there for an awful long time, it hurts a lot and you have to train hard. If you don't have it in in the head and have the determination to get the training done, then forget Ironman.
Some good recommendations there, will give them a go, thanks!
Just finished First and Only by Peter Flannery, really good read.
DL - I LOVED the Hunger Games, awesome, I was the same, had to download them one after the other because I couldn't wait for my friend to finish the books! Thought they were a bit deep and dark for a 'kids' book, didn't think it was written for kids at all really. Can't wait to see the film.
Room I loved too, very sad and a bit disturbing really.
It goes from bad to worse.... the ants are munching their way through my apples! How do I stop the little blighters? I thought 'something' was eating them but blamed either the squirrel or the birds... but no! Ants!!