Olly’s road to Ironpup

My human mum sent me away on holidays again to Tenby while she prepared herself for one of her biggest challenges to become an “Ironman”. I get so excited about going to Tenby as I get so spoiled by my Nanny and Bampi but I also know that my human mum will miss me loads as she attached a Fitbark (Fitbit) tracker to my collar before I left just to keep an eye on what I was doing and how my training was going. On arrival in Tenby I quickly checked out… Read More

The road to Ironman Part IV

Tuesday 25th September 2018 (1.33 pm) No need for the two alarms in the end, the first one on my iPhone did the job as I woke up excited and looking forward to the day. I slept really well which I did not think would happen. I woke a few times during the night, slightly panicked by the wind outside. I jumped out of bed just after 5am to see what the sea was doing. It was dark and I could not see a thing.  I had a shower to freshen my… Read More

The road to Ironman Part III

Tuesday 18th September 2018 (11.02am) Friday 7th September, the training was done and there was no going back. I had clocked up hours and hours of training totalling: 🏊🏼‍♀️ Swim: 121 miles 🚴🏼‍♀️ Bike: 2437 miles 🏃🏻‍♀️ Run: 554 miles After last minute bike checks, bag checks and nutrition checks, I loaded up the car and headed to Tenby. Like a proper athlete, I stopped off for a cooked breakfast on the way. It is said that you should not change your nutrition and stick to what you know and I trusted that… Read More

The road to Ironman Part II

Monday 17th September 2018 (9.56am) As the months went by I was able to tick off the events which I had planned in my calendar. First up was the Big Vitality Half marathon in London which I was invited to do. Unfortunately this did not get off to a great start as in March thick snow began too fall. Having booked my train and accommodation, I had to cancel late on due to no trains departing.  Not being the only one to be disappointed by the snow, London Marathon Events made the… Read More

The road to Ironman Part I

Thursday 13th September 2018 (11.58am) At 1911 hours on Monday 18th September 2017 I signed up for Ironman Wales. One week before I had been watching it (again) and knew that it was something that I had to do.  I sat at the kitchen table looking at the details I had filled in on the website before closing my eyes and hitting the enter button. I felt sick for having just spent over £400 on an event that was going to cause me pain and consume my life for the next 12… Read More

The blog of two questions

Monday 13th August 2018 (2.50pm) The questions I am being asked at the moment are: 1.  ’What will you do after Ironman?’ 2.  ’What is your favourite out of the three – swim, bike, run?’ Firstly, tackling question 1, my carefully considered response is ‘retire’ (again).  With less than four weeks to go until the big day I am thinking about my options. These though depend on A) surviving the event itself and B) employment status. What I do know is that my wetsuit will be left to sail into the Bristol… Read More

Today I am a Proton

Wednesday 8th August 2018 (11.44am) The last couple of weeks have not been great, hence my avoidance of any blog. I have felt that I have not had my shit together to put into context what has been going on. My mood has certainly not been as low as it has been but it is different. There are NO suicidal thoughts or urges to self harm, it is more of a deep downer compounded by what has felt like extreme fatigue. Last Monday I had an appointment at the Psych Centre where… Read More

Too many tabs open

Tuesday 24th July 2018 (2.23pm) It’s been a while since I last wrote as things have been really busy in terms of training and events. I have certainly clocked up a few miles in the pool, sea, on the bike and on my feet. I am pleased with how my training is going and the hard work is starting to show. With Ironman Wales less than 50 days away, I have a tough few weeks ahead. Physically the body is withstanding the intensity I am smashing it with (thankfully). Mentally I feel… Read More

Stuck between two worlds

Wednesday 11th July 2018 (12.16pm) Yep, that is how I feel, stuck between two worlds, between the life I once had and the future I saw, to where I am now and where I see myself going. I know I can’t turn back the clock to the past and I have no crystal ball to see what will happen. I feel that there is something stopping me from moving on and embracing the happy future which I could have. I cannot erase memories of good times and I don’t want to; yet… Read More

Part 3 – Where I am now

Monday 18th June 2018 (11.51am) I have purposely left part 3 for over a week or so I could (hopefully) report on some improvements. Are things more positive? Yes, but I feel that I still have a long way to go with it. After I wrote part 2 on Friday 8th June, things got progressively worse for me. I could not control my mood, I pushed my partner away saying that I wanted to be alone and was no good at relationships. I felt angry at myself for not being able to… Read More