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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.

Turning Japanese (or rather Singaporean and Chinese...)

tallguy76by tallguy76Feb 22nd 2013
So I am half way through a two week business trip to the Far East and indulging in my love of all things food related - which is never a good thing really. The last time I was here (in August last year) I went home weighing rather more than when I arrived and finding that my trousers had shrunk in the wardrobe of the hotel... This time I spent a few days in Singapore and thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of food that was available due to the fact that Singapore is home to many different cultures from across Asia. I particularly enjoyed the Kaya toast (see the picture) that seems to be a breakfast staple out there - Kaya is a jam only available in Singapore that is made from (among other ingredients) eggs and cocunut - traditionally served with Kopi (strong coffee with condensed milk) and a couple of soft boiled eggs.

I am now in China for just over a week, and my colleagues seem to enjoy taking me to all the local restaurants for lunch - what that says about the food that is available at the factory I'm not entirely sure - while the restaurants around the hotel where I stay are varied and predominantly Western in nature - including the obligatory Irish bar and a very nice German bierhaus...

I am going to try and be a bit more controlled this year, and where we have a large lunch eat less in the evening as I think eating two large meals a day seemed to be my problem the last time.

I have also signed up - via the Runkeeper app on my iPhone - to undertake their 8 week "Runnin for fat loss" programme, which is due to start on the Sunday after I return from the trip. Strangely I am rather looking forward to tieing up my laces and getting back out on the road, and half wish that I had brought running kit with me as it is quite a good way to get out and about. However, having brought kit with me on trips in the past and never used it I thought it would be an unnecessary weight in the suitcase.

I have, up until the point that I headed east, lost a little over 3 kg so far this year by restricting my calorie intake so once I add in the exercise and completely cut out the junk (I'm still eating significant amounts of chocolate I'm afraid to say) I should hope that the weight continues to drop off more significantly.

I've not yet scheduled an event for this year as money has had to spent on other things - like fixing unreliable cars - but I would like to get at least one 10k or a sprint triathlon under my belt before the end of the season.

Watch this space !
Turning Japanese (or rather Singaporean and Chinese...)
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