Not very many updates recently, it’s been a busy couple of months.
I went to France for three weeks in August, had great fun and tried out scuba diving; I’m looking for local diving clubs in Aberystwyth to join as I’d like to qualify.
Got back from France and started a new job with the department to help fund the final year of my PhD. I’m working for the ASTUTE project as a software engineer, so far it’s all going well. I did the Bala Standard Distance Triathlon mid-way through September; that was going really well bar the chain on my bike coming off and excruciating knee pain half way through the run. In the end my time was a little disappointing, I was hoping for 2 hours 20 minutes and ended up with 2 hours 45 minutes – but I did have to jog/walk the last 5km of the run!
So, I had a couple of weeks off after that and my knee was feeling better, and then I went running again at the start of this week and my knee hurts again. I’ve been to the doctors, they said just to rest and it’ll be fine, but if it’s still in pain in a month come back and they’ll arrange physiotherapy. However, this is a nuisance as I’ve got the club Sprint Distance Triathlon this Sunday. My knee isn’t so bad now (I’ve been taking plenty of Ibuprofen, resting it and have one of those knee compression support things), so I’m going to see how it goes for Sunday. Hopefully I can do the triathlon still.
After Sunday (which is my last triathlon of the season) my plan is to have a good months rest – maybe do some swimming and the odd bike ride, but generally just rest. Then, the Iron Man Wales 2014 training starts. A bunch of people from the club are doing it, and I’ve been saying I want to do an Iron Man for a few months now. I’ve decided to do it for Macmillan Cancer support, so my Just Giving page is here. Any donations would be very much appreciated! My general plan is to spend November – end January base training (fairly similar load to now) and then I have downloaded a 20 week training plan. I was thinking about doing the Bala Half in June too, as a bit of a stepping stone and as part of my training ready for the Iron Man in September. It’ll be a good opportunity to test out different nutritional plans.