Friday, 15 January 2010

Birthday Triathlon

Its my birthday next week.
Im 35....
Not so yay.
Im going to be officially closer to 40 than to 30.
This does not fill me with Joy. But Im not going to get all depressed about it.
I love birthdays. Its an excuse for a party. At the moment though Im off booze. So the party consists of going to Nandos then the cinema with a bunch of mates.
We're doing that on Saturday, then on Sunday morning I am going to do a BIRTHDAY TRIATHLON

This will consist of 35 lengths in a pool, 35 mile bike ride and a 3.5 mile run.
These are rather disproportionate distances for a triathlon... but its the only way I can work it out that's achievable!

I may also be forced to do it in a non-triathlon order.. ie, rather than the traditional Swim, Bike, Run order I may have to Bike, Swim, Run. As my local pool doesn't open till 10am on a Sunday.
Actually, my LOCAL pool is currently shut due to the fact that it is leaking.
Yes, I kid you not. The pool at the valley leisure centre was closed for a month for some work to be done (don't know what) and it was due to reopen on the 11th of Jan, but has not done so because its leaking and they don't know why.
So my next nearest pool doesn't open till 10am, and I'm hoping to start at about 7. I can get the bike and maybe the run done first. Although that greatly increases my risk of drowning due to exhaustion, but what the hell. It should be fun. I believe my in-laws are then cooking me brunch and my parents are cooking me dinner.. which is a result cuz I'm gonna be STARVING.

This will be a very unusual change from a normal Sunday of a birthday weekend which would normally be spent languishing in bed nursing a horrendous hangover and pondering my dubious life choices. Wish me luck!

I leave you with a picture of a a can-opener and a guy on a bike chasing another dude


  1. As another NornIrn bloke (in exile) I have enjoyed readimng 'bout your efforts ... you should nip over to Cornwall this coming September and try our Perranporth Extreme Surf triathlon - which coincidentally features in my most recent postover at my place.Stay stoked ;) BB

  2. Happy Birthday! I'm going to be 35 this year, too. I've accepted it as a challenge to stay forever youthful and permanently change my lazy ways.
    Love, love your blog!!! :)

  3. Thanks for the comments folks. Makes it all worthwhile :D

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  5. I was 40 last year. Owing to the 5 year increase on age, I'm doing a run and a bike ride in different months, and no swimming. It's amazing how fast age catches up with you! :)

    Have read about mini-duathlons recently though (3k run; 30k ride; 2k run) and really like that idea. Now I just need to find one. Love the writing!

  6. Thanks for the comments Phil. Sprint triathons are easy enough too... 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run. I did 2 last year with virtually no swim or bike training :D