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    Revenge starts here…

    Tonight at 6pm I’ll be starting my 6-month journey to Ironman 70.3 again.   You may remember how my previous attempt ended with me going for a little sleep in the ambulance and waking up in the medical tent at the finish line – followed by an ugly cry. So I’m excited to seeing some old faces and meeting new people, but I thought I should take stock of where I’m at so I can  start my 2013/2014 Embark programme with a clear mind, focused on revenge. Share the love...

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    Inspiration

    After a terrible swim on Saturday that left me wheezing like a 75-year-old man with emphysema (before even swimming 100m), I spent the rest of the weekend feeling beaten, deflated and wondering whether this 70.3 dream is just one of my crazy schemes. It also involved eating leftover rainbow cake from Da Chicks birthday party and doing the ugly cry in quiet moments locked away in the bathroom. Then I started doing some research on possible reasons for my condition in the water and by sheer accident discovered the awesomeness which is swimbikemom.com. (Check out http://www.swimbikemom.com/2011/04/panic-bike-walk.html.) I’m SO inspired by her journey… So inspired that I started doing the ugly…

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    #EmbarkTri Time Trial Week In Review

    Just call me… UNDERDOG OMG how sad is that:  2nd last in the run.  Stone last in the 1km swim (although I maintain that Sofie and I did two extra laps because we got our counting muddled up…  not that it would change my result much).  I can only hope that my cycling skills will do me proud on Sunday. Results: 5KM RUN 1KM SWIM 40KM CYCLE??????  (although I’m sure I son’t suck!) The Run:  I had a terrible run on Tuesday.  Ate way too much at the office, too close to our running time, and struggled up the hill with a bad stitch.  Thankfully Sofie became my guardian angel…

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    Happy Dance

    It’s been a tough week on the work, home and training front.  My run was slow and cumbersome.  I had (and still have) a lot of work stress.  I’m the only one in the household who isn’t sick.  So all in all, I didn’t have a lot of fun. So after a day of emotional eating (incl a slab of chocolate, a packet of chips, packet of nuts, two slices of office birthday cake and a mini doughnut I stole from a colleague’s desk – sorry Iain… that was me) I felt pretty crappy and sat in my car before our swimming session, ready to turn the ignition and go…

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    Let the games begin!

    “Sooooo babe, how’z about going to Beaverlac next weekend?” Da Husband looks at me hopefully. “We could… but that means I will miss my second training ride and I have a lot of catching up to do…” “Maybe I could go with the kids and give you some me-time?” And so begins the give-and-take (but mostly taking) of having committed to a race that I’m severely under-qualified for.  I mean, I only started running last year, completed my first half marathon this year, I can barely swim, I’ve only just recovered from severe anemia and related health issues that took me out of any kind of training for three months,…