How to train for a triple Ironman when you don’t want to.

How to train for a triple Ironman when you don’t want to.

The challenge will be to complete triple the distance of the 3 disciplines in the normal order. 

 That’s a 7.1-mile swim, a 348-mile cycle ride and then 78.6 miles of running. And this isn’t just any ordinary ultra-triathlon; the run will climb the 1085 metres of mount Snowdon. Yes, you read that correctly; a triple marathon to the summit of Snowdon. 

 These are the 7 principles I’ll use to make to the finishing line.

Standing on the rooftop of Alps: How I summited Mont Blanc.

Standing on the rooftop of Alps: How I summited Mont Blanc.

We were under fire. 

 

The three of us in the advance group hunched as tightly as we could into the rock, as a boulder the size of a large suitcase came hurtling down the mountain and missed us by a few feet, passing through the exact spot where I had stood only seconds earlier. It felt like a scene from the film Final Destination, how close we’d just come.

What I learned when I challenged a world record

What I learned when I challenged a world record

But at my lowest point, I learn that the human spirit can endure more than you’d think. After the initial feelings of foolishness and self-admonishment subside I find myself slowly renewing my determination. After all, I’d trained through injury before and got out the other side okay. Tearing my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in 2009; I took a risk to go through 15 and a half months of Royal Marines Commando training less than 5 months afterwards. With a highly unstable leg, there was a huge risk that it could be exacerbated, or at worse, really hammered to the point of needing permanent walking aides.