The thing that started this desire/need to get to the point where I can swim 2.4 miles, leg it out of the sea/lake, grab a bike, cycle like a man possessed for 112 miles, then run a marathon, happened by chance.
A last minute holiday booking to Lanzarote in May of 2004 (I think), and the very odd sight of loads of bikes behind a fence (they're only bikes right!?), outside the bar we were drinking in, whilst watching the cup final on Spanish TV. WHAT was going on?
Anyways, after the footy, a late siesta, a meal, a couple more beers, and whilst walking back to the hotel, there were still people, with numbers on their chests, running/walking along the sea-front. Strangely, there were still people encouraging them to 'not give up', and 'keep going'...
Odd behaviour I thought.
So, not to be totally ignorant, I started taking a bit more notice of what was actually happening that warm Saturday on the windy Canary Isle.
It turned out to be what some consider a one of the toughest "Ironman" races in the world.
IM Lanzarote is my goal, and has been (to some extent), since that lazy holiday. Here are the details - http://www.ironmanlanzarote.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=1
This blog will track my course and plan of attack to get to that goal in May 2012....it cannot be 2011, - it sold out in 3 days!!
watch this space..