I was wandering around the house on Sunday, following every harrowing moment of what was probably the toughest Ironman to date and posting a few comments about it on Twitter, when @beanker, who I met last year when we hosted a beginners’ cycling programme which she had signed up for, casually dropped me a simple Tweet:

… and to which I casually responded:

And true to form, I entered yesterday.

My parents think I’m absolutely and completely mad.  OK… they’ve known it for a while.  My friends’ reactions have ranged from a supportive “WHOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO” to “WHAT?????!!!!!????”

Me? I’m excited | scared | investigating training programmes | wondering what I’ve let myself in for.

The journey starts here.