Here is our 200th Blog Post.
So here we sit just under eight weeks to go before we take on Mallorca. The training appears to be going well, but someone has to tell Peter that the event commences with a swim…….so a bit of water time is required…
The good news is that with Gift Aid we are now over the 40k mark which is just sensational…thanks to everyone who has helped achieve this, but you know what’s coming….we need to keep going.
It perhaps is worthwhile just reiterating what the money has been used for, the key fact that every penny contributed goes directly to the charity, not one penny is spent on anything else in terms of expenses or other costs.
So where has your money gone…..well we are helping to fund a two year patient trial which is being run as a joint effort between the University of Portsmouth and the University of Bergen in Norway/ This is using a drug that has been found to help increase the survival rate of the patient from the 14 months average to in some cases 10 years…what would Colin have done for that extra time…..seen Chelsea reach the quarter final of the Champions League the other night for starters !
AND THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT……giving hope and finding the cure…..I have no doubt that we are on the way to that great day and having been a part in this is a great feeling, as I said before a promise to Colin was to keep finding ways of raising funds to help achieve this.
So having raided your banks and savings last year I want you to consider doing it again,
COULD YOU CONSIDER DONATING THE SAME AMOUNT YOU DONATED LAST YEAR AGAIN?
I appreciate we all get many request for this kind of thing but I am NOT going to stop and therefore would ask you to consider re-visiting our Just Giving site http://www.justgiving.com/tonyanddanironmanand donating whatever feels right, it would be hugely appreciated by all.
In addition any ideas of ways we can achieve extra donations will be gratefully received…THANKS for taking time to read this.
So it has become a bit of a tradition that after a tough week training/competing in Dubai, Dan and I award ourselves with our own prize giving ceremony …. not in the traditional sense ie, top of the podium and a medal, but with a top steak and a couple of bottles of red…..clearly this flies in the face of a triathlete but you know what its a great reward.
So this time was no different, after having returned from Abu Dhabi we rested a night and then went for it at Ruth Chris a great venue for top steaks, and it didn’t disappoint………
So a really big reminder on the importance of two things yesterday…..we had both decided: To train all week prior to the Tri in Abu Dhabi and also have a few nights out one in particular resulting in seven pints of London Pride…yes Bootsie London Pride….oh and a burger.
The other point is nutrition on the day.
Conclusions: A big week of training doesn’t help your legs when your are on a 100k bike ride into wind, I have to say though riding around the Yas Island Grand Prix circuit was brilliant.
Also seeing the Brownlee brothers on their way back on the cycle travelling at over 40k an hour was pretty special….so note to self taper for Mallorca!
The other key factor is hydration and this you cannot afford to get wrong…..I did though. It’s a vicious circle when you feel you can’t take on water or gels it’s probably too late, I certainly suffered in the last part of the bike and the run due to lack of hydration, plus it was 30 degrees….only good point was even the Brownlees ran around 6 mins slower than normal…..
Over all it was a great event and thoroughly enjoyed by both Dan and I, clearly his new wheels worked well, but it wasn’t all bad, the old man clocked a 24:11 swim…….
Be good to see some more funds go in as encouragement, thanks to those that are spurring us all on.
Congrats to Dan and Tony who are chilling out after a tough race this morning in Abu Dhabi, lined up against the Brownlees.
Results (click for full split times):
There were 98 in the same age group (21)
75 were Men (20)
18 were British and (3)
13 were the same age (1)
There were 114 in the same age group (49)
101 were Men (45)
42 were British and (23)
13 were the same age (8)
A pretty amazing accomplishment all round.
Jonny and Alistair crossed the line together at 3:12:21 then set about getting back in some water!
Tony: Always a giggle when out with little bro……
So I thought as I was the eldest it was the responsibility of my brothers to look after me, well little bro has just proved that was total tosh……it started during the week when he wasn’t sure if he had entered the cycle in Huntingdon or not, several emails and finally a phone call established, yes he had entered so 6:45 pick up…..car loaded and off we went. All going to plan, just over 50 mins and we were there, got stuff together and off to check in…..did I need the email, asks David, yes is said, oh he said…..silence….and then….do I need a helmet David said, yes I said…..oh he said….where is it I asked, on the drive he said….oh I said. Clearly well planned, fortunately we managed to borrow one and game on…..
off we went, cleat problem for me at the start and off David went, 30k later I caught him up and we enjoyed about 25k cycling together before an expletive from behind me and then nothing, we were on a hill so can’t stop, chain off for David and that was it……..4 hours 42 mins and the line was hit, 129.5 k, David completed a little after but a good work out all round….then the journey home…..no I can’t but suffice to say David was on form.
So onto Abu Dhabi in two weeks…..
So it all begins here for me…..first event tomorrow an 80 mile cycle ride in Huntingdon. This is followed by an event every two weeks until the big one in May. Three big cycle rides and of course the Brownlee challenge in ABu Dhabi on the 15 th where I expect it will be a little warmer….Dan has planned a training programme commencing from the moment I get off the plane so it could be a heavy week. So 10 weeks today we will be in Mallorca probably checked in and with the count down truly on ! The support team is taking shape with even our parents taking the trip, true to say they have supported us for ever and the fact they are coming makes the whole thing even more special. Now all we need to do apart from preparing is to get the money flowing. So any contribution, idea of how to raise awareness or encourage others to get involved would be welcome, why not make it your personal challenge to raise £100 through your contacts or friends, if we got 20 people to do that then we will be on our way again…..
Tony: Sore ankle.