• Some training sessions are stars and some are stones, but they are all rocks and we build our walls with them!
  • The only race pace is suicide pace and today seems like a good day to die!
  • The only one who can tell you 'you can't' is you. And you don't have to listen!
  • If you cant win make the guy in front of you break the record!
  • You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime!
  • I don’t stop when I’m tired I stop when I’m done!
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A Near Miss

A Near Miss

This can be looked at in 2 ways dependent on what type of person you are...

Would you say your cup is half empty or half full, I know what mine is.

Yesterday morning I was up at 04:45 and on the bike for just after 05:00 to do a hill rep session prior to a 16 hour day (including the second day of a trauma re-validation course) at work. All was going well and luckily I had picked a hill close to home to do the reps on.

First two reps went as planned nice and steady as per training plan. However, thinks went downhill literally on the second recovery period, when what I can only describe as a gunshot sound came from the front tyre. The force at which the pressure from the tube was released literally blew the tyre from the rim!!! and young Joe's training session came to an abrupt end. Not only that, I had to walk home with said bike (2 miles) in cycling shoes, as the damage to the type was beyond repair.

So this is why my cup is half full

1. Thankfully I was free wheeling down the hill slowly, therefore didn't fall off. The same hill on a normal ride I would have been doing 40+ mph. Imagine the outcome had the tyre blown then!!!

2. I was close enough to home to  not have to walk a ridiculous distance.

3. Due to not having a car at home I still had to get to work on the winter bike, This turned out to be a one hour time trial great training.

4. It gave the lads at work a good laugh!!!

These are the sort of experiences to think about and can use to your advantage during your darkest moment in the Ironman and you will get dark moments, of that I'm sure. So always try to look for positives when things aren't great and you will get more from yourself come race day.

The bike is now sorted again thanks to Bill Nicksons cycles. Bill went the lighter shade of pale when I told him what happened and had the same view as yours truly. 'Thank god you were only recovering.

Down side is I still have the damn hill reps to do and my pal Andy Turnrer is joining in, which will prove to be painful.


Have a great week everyone!!


Joe D

Joe Duckworth

I am a 43 year old airport firefighter. I am married to Johanna and I have two daughters Anna & Lucy (my main support network).