I am really quite surprised that it's been over 10 weeks since Paguera. How did that happen? I vaguely remember doing some training soon after; cruising on the post-event adrenalin wave, but then the Christmas 'black-dog' arrived and that-was-that for 2014. Anyway - it's mid-January 2015, week 42 of 52 since Kate hatched this crazy plan - which leaves a mere 10 weeks to be Ironman ready and about 10 kilos lighter (Eeek #%$.) Fortunately Matthew & I had planned the season before I had the training break, so I know what we are up to. Reading Half and Brighton Marathon, the Oxford Classic 100m bike, Eton 5k swim and various other short distance events & triathlons with Barcelona 70.3 in May and Ironman Austria in June. I strategically planned the "JT 169" event to coincide with week 52. This is the acid test of whether I'm ready. It's organised by me, for me, to do at my pace - so no competition - so I will WIN it. 🏆🎉💃. 169km is a three-quarters of a full ironman distance. So for me, taking it easy, is about 1.5 hours swimming, 6 hours on the bike and 4.5 hours running. Throw in a couple of long transitions and I think it will take about 14 to 15 hours depending on the traffic and weather. So if I start at 7am, I'll finish at 10pm. I did something similar when I was planning my first 70.3. I just wanted to really know what it felt like to keeping going for that sort of time. Test out my nutritional strategy (assuming I have one) and either end up knowing I can do it or know where I get stuck and then have time to test a new strategy. So it looks like there is no easing into the training - it will need to be quite full-on for the next couple of months to get back up to speed, loose weight and put the miles in. I'm keeping my 2 Crossfit sessions in my diary too, as I'm sure the strength work helps me stay relatively injury free, it's good conditioning and a nice change to spend time in the [Box] with my coach. #thegwood08 #crossfitoxford #bestcoachever. I'm also doing a "restful-being" restorative yoga session every week which is a heavenly way to spend 75 minutes and a nice balance to all the other stressful activities. With training, food planning, eating, work, children & dogs it's pretty difficult to cram everything in to each day - but incredibly satisfying when I succeed in completing my weekly goals. In one of Rich Roll's podcasts he was talking about endurance events and said something along the lines of... 'the Ironman isn't something you turn up for and do on a day. That's the easy bit. The hard part is making choices now'. I thought that was a very nice reminder to stay mindful. When it's hard to do anything now instead of thinking oh well Austria is 5 months away- I'm trying to think "This is my ironman" and then just get on with it.