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Can I be an Ironman by 40 ?
Can I be an Ironman by 40 ?
Having taken part in several pool based sprint events since starting out in 2009, I wanted to celebrate turning 35 by completing the Vitruvian in 2011...with a long term goal of completing an Ironman by the time I'm 40. I'll keep track of the trials and tribulations here.

Motivation !

tallguy76by tallguy76Mar 28th 2011
Despite the clocks going forward and the usual chaos that it causes for young children, we made a family trip (plus a friend of my step-daughter) to Salisbury on Sunday morning to visit the Endurance Expo taking place at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre.

I was immediately impressed by the sports centre - fantastic looking pool, well equipped gym, squash courts and small boys learning rugby in the main hall - which is so much bigger and better than what we have in Warminster, but this was tempered by a slight feeling of disappointment upon walking into the Expo and finding it was rather sparsely populated, both in terms of exhibitors and visitors.

I had a wander around, spoke to the wife of a tri coach that I met in the bike shop the other week and then had a good chat with the guys from Stonehenge Cycles about wheels and saddles.

While talking bikes and trying no to dribble on a very nice aluminium framed Felt and a full carbon Look bike, I spotted that Saskia and her friend appeared to be working out underneath an A-frame with a number of straps hanging from it (either that or they were so bored they were trying to hang themselves). On closer inspection it was a demonstration by Chrysalis Fitness of the TRX Suspension Training System, something that was developed by a US Navy SEAL (who else) that allows a user to exercise all the muscles that would be worked on during a session at the gym, but with the added benefit of working on additional muscles at the same time.

I had a quick go and was puffing and panting within a few minutes, but it was good fun and although I was a little taken aback by the cost I came away wanting to get a set for the garage. With the turbo trainer and a rowing machine I'd be sorted !

Saskia was obviously keen to start working out as well after her session in the morning as we both went for a gentle run after my little lad Max had gone to bed - it wasn't particularly long or fast, but was very pleasant and certainly better than nothing.

Hopefully this is the start of the rest of my training !
 
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