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My Virtual Ultra Triathlon

Whilst I was dreaming up what challenges I could set myself in 2016, I came up with the idea of completing my very own triathlon.  I knew it was going to be extremely difficult for me to get away in person, so the challenge would only be achievable if it were virtual.  If the challenge was going to last for the duration of 2016, then it would need to have  ultra status.

My challenge is therefore the following:


About 5 years ago a colleague of mine wanted to cycle across the UK from the most westerly point to the most easterly point.  The venture never materialised, however the concept stayed with me.  Therefore the running element of my ultra-triathlon will be from the most westerly point, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in Scotland, to the most easterly point , Lowestoft in Suffolk.

I have done a few variations of the route but have settled on the below version.  This route avoids all motorways and should, in theory, be achievable to run.  I could have planned a route that stayed to footpaths, however the distance was starting to get too high and I wanted to ensure the target was achievable. In total my route comes to 855km.

Run2 Ultra Triathlon Map


The route I have chosen for the cycle element of my ultra-triathlon is the UKs greatest distance event, traveling from the north to the south or John O’Groats to Lands End.  Trying to stay true to a cycling challenge, the route I have chosen is one that avoids all motorways and is therefore achievable by bike.  In total my route comes to 1550 km.

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Ok this is not quite a swim, but my virtual challenge has to be something that I am capable of achieving.  Unfortunately I do not have regular access to a swimming pool, but I do have access to a rowing machine.  After running west to east and cycling north to south, I wanted to do something that was recognisable, covered a suitable distance and was achievable.  I spent some time trying to think what rowing challenge I could take on, such as rowing the channel but in the end I came up with rowing the length of the Thames.  In total my route comes to 346 km.

Row Ultra Triathlon Map

Monthly Targets

The below table shows what my totals should be at the end of each month, if I want to be on track for completing my challenge by the end of 2016.  As long as  I cycle to and from work every day and go for a run three times a week I should be close to my targets, the only area that I will have to really work hard at maintaining is the rowing as this is something that I do not naturally do.

Event Running Cycling Rowing
January71.25 km129.17 km28.83 km
February142.50 km258.34 km57.66 km
March213.75 km387.51 km86.49 km
April285.00 km516.68 km115.32 km
May356.25 km645.85 km144.15 km
June427.50 km775.02 km172.98 km
July498.75 km904.19 km201.81 km
August570.00 km1033.36 km230.64 km
September641.25 km1162.53 km259.47 km
October712.50 km1291.70 km288.30 km
November783.75 km1420.87 km317.13 km
December855.00 km1550.00 km346.00 km

Updates as to my progress will follow, hopefully on a monthly basis.


New Year Resolutions 2016

As 2015 was coming to a close and I had a look back on my Resolutions, it was time to look at what I should set myself for 2016. What was evident from 2015 was how important the family is and they will always come first.  My running is also important to me and I am lucky that I can fit most of my training and running into work time.

So for 2016 and I have set myself the following:

1.  Family Holiday and Three Long Weekends.  This was the best part of my 2015 resolutions and I want it to be the most important resolution in 2016.

2.  Communicate more with the Family.  Not sure how I am going to quantify this one, but it is something that needs to improve.  I appreciate I am not the most communicative of people, but I will endeavour to address this over the next year.  It needs to be reciprocated if it is going to work.

3.  The Physical Challenges.  This year I have been extremely optimistic, but I am a firm believer that we need to constantly push ourselves just to see what we are capable of.  Therefore my physical challenges are broken down into the following:

a.  Run a total of 1000km.

b.  Cover a total of 2016km (Run, Cycle, Row, Walk).

c.  Complete my Virtual Ultra Triathlon:

(1).  Run.   Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft. This is the most Westerly point to the most Easterly point in the UK.

(2).  Cycle.  John O’Groats to Lands End.  This is the most Northernly to the most South-Westernly point in the UK.

(3).  Row.  The Length of the Thames.

d.  Complete an Ultramarathon.

4.  Read Eight books.  This didn’t go too well in 2015 so I have therefore revised it down, but only slightly.

5.  Write a Blog on average once a fortnight.  In 2015 I was far too ambitious so I have revised this down by half in the hope that I will make a good attempt at this.

So there you have it, five resolutions, some of which may seem straightforward but after the last year nothing is ever simple.  I know the physical challenges will be tough but then some resolutions need to be  a challenge:

We shall go always a little further: it may be beyond the last blue mountain barred with snow…


New Year Resolutions?

new-year-resolutions-2015I have been thinking what, if any, my New Year Resolutions should be.  In the past I have never really set myself any, however I do believe they are a good way of setting out your good intentions for the forthcoming year.  According to the NHS website though only one in ten of us will achieve our goal.

It seems to me that there are a couple of reasons for this failure:

1.  Unattainable goals.  Some people set themselves targets that  they are never really going to achieve.  I have witnessed people saying they are going to quit smoking and actually only last a couple of hours before they start again.  It would have been wiser to say they were going to give up within the year and then have a workable plan in partnership with the NHS or their local GP.  This then brings me on to my next point.

2.  Lack of support.  People will always improve their chances of success if they have a support network to boost their morale and give them encouragement.  This could be through family, friends, community groups or even social media groups such as FB or Twitter.

So thinking all about this what are my New Year Resolutions going to be? I am certainly not a Mark Zuckerberg so I don’t think I can read a cultural book every other week for a year, simply too many things going on at home to have that amount of free time.


So would any of the most popular resolutions (left) be any good for me? Most of them seem reasonable but I think your New Year Resolutions need to be bespoke to the individual and they also need to be quantifiable so that you can at least have some measure of success.  So here are mine:

Goals for 2015

  1. Get away with the family on at least one holiday and three short breaks.
  2. Complete ten races at any distance.
  3. Read ten books.
  4. Study and pass my Education Course.
  5. Publish a Post on my blog on average once a week.

Well there you go, those are my five aims for this year. Lets see how I progress.