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Brutal 1 Week to Go!

Ironjediby IronjediSep 14th 2013
Brutal 1 Week to Go!

1 Week to go until the Brutal Triathlon - Double Ironman distance triathlon. This is what the whole year has been about. I have trained hard, lived, slept and eaten Brutal all year long. And so has my long suffering wife Wendy who I owe everything too. I have been a T-Total since Christmas not touching a drop of alcohol in the belief that it will help me in some way. I have eaten as sensibly as I can, however I am always hungry and when this happens you just have to eat whatever is there. So when someone at work brings in a packet of cookies, you start the day with good intentions not to eat them, however after about an hour - ok 5 minutes the cookies start winking at you and next thing you know you have eaten not only one but the entire packet. Someone comes back in the office to have one and they are gone. You sit there trying to hide the fact that you have destroyed the packet, although they all know it was me. The cookie monster!

I certainly recommend a Double Ironman if you fancy a crash diet (although there is probably easier ways to lose weight). This is the first time I have managed to really make an impact on those middle aged saddle bags, which as you get older become increasingly harder to shift. I am probably the fittest I have ever been, and probably the most tired but it's not meant to be easy.

As the weeks have come closer to the race. I keep calling it a race but in reality I am just hoping to survive. I have started to doubt myself and my ability. You head does play tricks on you. Anyway I had got myself into a real state mentally over the race, worrying mostly about the swim and in particular the coldness of the swim. A week or so ago however I came across a man running along the A30 in Chard with a bright orange Smeg fridge on his back. I could not resist stopping to talk to him and enquire what he was doing. He is "Tony the Fridge" and was on a mission to run 40 Marathons in 40 Days in the fight against cancer. Raising money for the Bobby Robson Foundation. He was on day 30 and was not having one day off, he was running the length of the country from John-O-Groats to Lands-End. This man was a true inspiration and just goes to prove anything is possible if you set your mind to it. I am happy to say that he finished his challenge as he had set out and is even planning to run the Great North Run this weekend to celebrate his achievement. Truly Amazing. It really helped to meet Tony and put my race into some kind of perspective. I feel much more confident about things now. Thank You Tony. If you want to sponsor him TEXT FRID93 £5 to 70070.

Just to try and derail me at the last minute - Wetsuit problems. I had lost too much weight (about 8-10kgs and 3 inches off the waist and a little everywhere else apart from my legs), the wetsuit did not fit, cold water sloshing all over the place. However Xterra Wetsuits Uk came to the rescue. They are one of the sponsors for the Brutal and Pete in particular at Xterra has been so helpful and accommodating sending out hire suits and suits to buy, offering advice. By far the best customer services I had received, they seemed to really care and could not do enough to assist me and take the stress out of the Wetsuit issue. A big Thank You to them. I settled eventually on a Xterra Vector Pro X3. The suit is outstanding, fits like a glove and seems like it will take the sting out of the cold a little.

So 1 week to go, mixed feelings really, excited and nerves. Weird but I have had those pre races nerves you get on the morning of any race now for about the last six weeks. No wonder I have lost so much weight! I hope to be writing again in a few weeks' time with tales about the race and kit reviews but I know there are happy and dark times to come. Anyone else racing next weekend Good Luck.....................

PS. Still raising cash for MacMillan Cancer Support - MASSIVE THANKS to everyone who has sponsored me so far!!!!!!!!!
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