Tuesday, December 21, 2010


I dream of consistency...of putting together two weeks of solid training, even hitting over 10 hours in a week would be a dream right now...and I have no real idea what it is that is causing me to be unable to do this!

After being ill in November, I built back up nicely with a 7 hour week, then an 8 hour week and started last week with a bang - putting in some quality turbo time and some nice runs........then I get a chesty cough - it coincided with a couple of parties so I eased off on the training before having a big session this sunday - my first full 3.8km swim - it went great, I broke it down to 50 lengths then 40/32/20/10 with a minute in between to break the monotony - time excluding rest was 65 mins 9 seconds which I was happy with - I can certainly go faster thats for sure, I then hit the turbo for 90 minutes and then ran 2.5 miles off it, I never felt tired or pushed and felt fine the rest of the day.....yesterday I felt awful, the cough which had nearly gone is now a cold and its no better today even with 9 hours sleep! I don't believe I am a sickly person, in over 15 years of working I have only had 4 days off and they were proper 'can't get out of bed stuff'!

Since I have been in my current job a year I have had around 6 seperate colds, I make sure that I clean my desk, I take vitamins everyday as a top up with extra iron, I use that hand cleanser stuff....WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME! Anyway moving forward I am going to eat more of the antioxidant stuff like pomegranates, berries and green tea and try to focus more on getting fresh air during the day rather than sticking in a stuffy office! From January the diet will be more ruthless anyway what with shedding the kilo's ahead of June so it should all match together (I hope)!

For the mean time I am going to sulk......a lot...and dream of my summer training!


  1. Hey Tim,
    I've done a couple of Ironman's and I think one in 2011 sounds like a great idea! I struggled with my diet for years, and then finally found what I think has helped me a lot. Read the book "The 80/10/10 Diet" by Dr. Douglas Graham. I think bad diets are the cause of a lot of sickness and poor health...I haven't been sick since improving my eating habits!

    Good luck with your Ironman!

  2. I went through a few good months diet-wise from April-October and felt great but have slipped back into the old bad habits a bit now and am feeling poorly for it... So it's a January diet plan for me too!

  3. Hi Dawn - thanks I'll have a look!

    Breandan - figure its got to be the way to go! i'll try anything!