Black-Light: The Devizes-to-Westminster canoe race

Black-Light: The Devizes-to-Westminster canoe race

It was cold. Freezing cold.  And now the thought of rolling over again was putting serious concerns of hypothermia into my head. Falling in the middle of the canal, some 20 metres from the edge, would take us at least 6-8 minutes of fumbling to get to the bank. On top of this – we receive a message that we are in danger of getting disqualified; we’d come into the last checkpoint with just 15 seconds to spare!

 

Now we couldn’t afford to fall in – nor afford to take it too slow.

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.