I don’t like it when your dirty! – Why Do I Train

Why Do I Train

Training for an Ironman is harder second time round.

I don’t like it when your dirty!

http://matteocharles.com/portfolio_page/richardbransonintro/ I’ve always believed that if you do good by others then good things will happen to you. Is this true? In my opinion yes but the doing verses receiving is for me off balance. But on the other hand you shouldn’t do things expecting something in return.

http://impact100mke.org/grants/ Weight

go After the embarrassing episode of the scales last week I plucked up the courage to visit scales again. 13 stone 0.5lb or 82.8 kg. So I lost weight. In effect this has been achieved by not snacking not eating sweets and generally avoiding sugar. I was over the moon when I arrived home the other day. I poked my head into the living room to see my boy and I caught a glimps of some roses wrappers. At first thought nothing of it. I carried on my journey to the kitchen, sounds like I live in a bloody mansion. It was four steps, three is your not a hobbit like me. Not wanting anything to eat I did the same ritual of opening the fridge door to look. Normally this is pointless I don’t want to eat anything I don’t need a drink but still I’m compelled to look. But there it was a fresh box of chocolates. If I ate one then I feared for the contents of the box. You will be glad to know I resisted. But I did have a bloody good sniff and it was lovely.

Training 

So far this week I have been rubbish for training, every time I plan som thing I manage to avoid it. Yesterday I did manage a walk of 7 miles. I took the dog at first his tail wagged and he was happy by mile 5 when I looked at him he said with his eyes “your a dick” poor bugger maybe he’s not as fit as he once was. Thinking now I did talk to him a lot during our walk! He never replied but still his tail wagged. So! No more dodging something everyday otherwise I’m not going to achieve my goals.

Cleaning

This weekend sees IronMan return to Pembrokeshire’s. Thousands will decend on a small welsh sea side town full of hopes dreams and nerves. One such individual is my mate Steve. Him and his family are heading down, his kids will be doing ironkids tomorrow and him the full one on Sunday so good luck pal.

In preparation for this I was asked to give his bike a once over. Why me? Well in the past I have sent my bike to well known establishments and when it came back I was less than impressed. I decided at this point I would teach myself. Steve has done some work for me in the past so I had no problem giving his Dolan Scala a bit of well earned TLC. When he dropped it off I was unsure if he had been using it for downhill racing! I set it up on the stand (Park Tools) and set to it. Over the years I have accumulated a good selection of Muc-Off products. Being a difficult person to buy presents for it’s an easy fix for the kids. I suppose being a bit OCD has a lot to offer doing things like this. I stripped the bike to within an inch of its life and set to degreasing everything, washing, drying polishing rebuilding oiling and adjusting the gears. The finished product was “like new” according to Steve. He had his bike back and now the rest  is up to him. 

I get a bizarre enjoyment from cleaning my own bike but also cleaning for others. Let’s face it you can’t do an ironman on a triathlon bike designed for aerodynamics with clumps of mud hanging off it. It’s amazing how using the right products help. My selection of Muc-Off is goof but a lot of the same. But toe days of water and a certain all in one oil product are done.

So Why Do I Train?

It’s because I like to stay in touch with others who are training and have my own tales to tell.


1 Comment

  1. I know where to come for bike maintenance help now!
    Enjoyed reading your blog, good luck!

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