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Virtual Ultra Triathlon: August Update

It is amazing that we are already in September; where has the year gone to?  I knew August was going to be a tricky month as I was on holiday for a couple of weeks and I would be finishing my current job as well.  This meant I was going to have to put in some long hours to ensure I handed my job over in a good state. Not much time left over to devote to my Virtual Ultra Triathlon challenge.

After eight months here are my virtual ultra triathlon stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

Although difficult I managed to get a couple of runs completed this month totalling 42.46km.  My total distance for the year so far is therefore 818km, which means I have completed about 95.67% of my challenge.

I see no reason why I will not complete the final 37km in September, which would be 3 months ahead of schedule.  What I intend to do is push on through and try and get to 1000km before the end of the year.

My virtual location is not unsurprisingly still on the A47 having just passed Norwich and on my way to Great Yarmouth.  My final destination of Lowestoft is now within touching distance.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 171km this month.  My total distance for the year is therefore 1295km, which means I have completed about 83.55% of my challenge.  The really good news is that I only have 255km to go.  At the rate I am going I should be completed in October.

My virtual location is on the A30 having just entered Cornwall.  The map seems to have gone slightly off as I have over 200km to go, yet my map says I have half of that.  I am guessing the map has taken me through a quicker route, probably along a motorway.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row 25km this month.  My total distance for the year is therefore 244km, which means I have completed about 70.52% of my challenge. The good news is that I am still approximately 13.13km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is currently at the home of rugby, Twickenham. In the last month I passed through towns such as Chertsey, Shepperton, Walton-on-Thames, Hampton Court and my old home of Kingston upon Thames.

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August was a pretty good month considering I was away for 2 weeks.  This meant I had to work incredible hard during the remaining weeks to try and get my totals up to a respectable amount.  I am now going away on a course for 8 weeks, but there is a gym and I know some running routes so I see no reason why September will not be a good month.

With only 37km to go, I should see the finish line this month in my running challenge.  It will feel great to finally complete one of my three challenges.  The distance left in cycling is far too much to complete in a month, but hopefully I will be able to bring the total down my a healthy margin.  Sadly the rowing aspect of my challenge will go all the way through to December as I have 102km remaining in that challenge.  It seems I am averaging about 30km a month, so mid December should be the end.  If my running has come to an end, I may be able to concentrate on the rowing slightly more.  Unfortunately rowing isn’t one of my favourite activities, which means motivation to get on the rower is always a challenge.

Virtual Ultra Triathlon: July Update

The fact that it has taken me two weeks into August to write this post, tells you a little something about how July may have gone for me.  After completing my ultra in June, I slowed my running down realising I was so far ahead of schedule I could afford to have a rest.  I had one cross country event and I also started my annual holidays.  This all had an impact on my statistics.

After seven months here are my virtual ultra triathlon stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

It wasn’t difficult to calculate my running total for this month as I only ran once, which was 4.57km.  My total distance for the year so far is therefore 775km, which means I have completed about 90.64% of my challenge.

Not a good month of running but I needed a break.  I am still a Ta very healthy 276km ahead of schedule after 7 months.

My virtual location is not unsurprisingly still on the A47 just passed King’s Lynn.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 137km this month.  My total distance for the year  is therefore 1124km, which means I have completed about 72.52% of my challenge.  The really good news is that I am approximately 220km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is on the A361 just passed Taunton.  Now in Devon I am rapidly approaching the finish with a very winding 400km to go.  This last month has seen me pass by places such as Stroud, Bristol, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Taunton.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a very respectably 38.35km this month.  My total distance for the year is therefore 219km, which means I have completed about 63.30% of my challenge. The good news is that I am approximately 17.17km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now approaching Chertsey having now passed through my current home town of Windsor.  During this month I have passed through some well known places such as Henley-on-Thames, Cookham, Bray, Dorney (home of the 2012 Olympic rowing), Windsor, Runnymede (home of the Magna Carta) and Egham.

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July was a very indifferent month as I basically did no running at all, however I maintained my cycling levels and escalated my rowing to try and make some descent headway into my target.  This was all planned as I also knew I would be starting my summer holidays, which would also run into August and possible impact on that month’s totals as well.  When I started this challenge I knew there would be good months and bad months, the key was identify when they were coming up and ensure the good months covered them.

August is going to be another indifferent month as I will be in the last two weeks of my summer holidays.  I do not intend on doing any of my challenge during my holidays as this is precious time with the family.  I also know I am going to be away from home during September and October on a course, plus we will be moving to our new home in Edinburgh in November. It is going to be very interesting to see how I manage the remainder of the year, but I have no doubts I will complete this challenge.

Virtual Ultra Triathlon: June Update

Well this is the halfway point of the year and I am finally over 50% of the way on each of the three disciplines.  Both my running and cycling are months ahead of schedule and I suspect I will reach my running goal by the end of July.

After six months here are my virtual ultra triathlon stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

According to my tracker I managed to run a total of 190km this month.  My total distance for the year so far is therefore 771km, which means I have completed about 90.18% of my challenge.

Another really good month of running, almost reaching 200km for the month. This puts me a very healthy 343km ahead of schedule after 6 months, or another way to now look at it is that I am only 84km from the finish line!  The question for me will be do I keep on going even after I finished this part of the challenge?

My virtual location is now on the A47 just passed King’s Lynn.  This month has seen me pass through my ancestral homelands of Rotherham and Tickhill in Yorkshire and then moving through Tickhill into Lincolnshire.  I passed through a variety of places such as Winthorpe, Stragglethorpe, Sleaford, Fosdyke and Sutton Bridge.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 133km this month.  My total distance for the year  is therefore 990km, which means I have completed about 63.87% of my challenge.  The really good news is that I am approximately 215km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is near the M5 by Upton St Leonards, just south of Gloucester.  The route during the last month has seen me pass through Stafford and skirt along the Welsh border through towns such as Acton Trussell, Walsall, West Bromwich, Droitwich Spa, Worcester, Twyning and Stoke Orchard.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a respectably 24.40km this month.  My total distance for the year is therefore 181km, which means I have completed about 52.31% of my challenge. The good news is that I am approximately 8km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now just passed Reading, getting closer to my current home of Windsor.  In the last month I passed through places such as Mapeldurham, Pangbourne, Moulsford, Wallingford and Dorchester.

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June turned out to be an inserting month.  I had another ultra marathon which significantly helped me towards my running target.  However I spent a week away in Snowdonia on my Mountain Leader Foundation Course, which meant my cycling and rowing were not as high as they needed to be.  I suspect I will complete, or almost complete my running challenge this month, therefore I can start to dedicate more time to my cycling and rowing over the next couple of months.

July is going to be a month of consolidation, hopefully complete my running and aim to get my cycling and rowing totals down.  I am due to go away on holiday later this month, so this will have a slight impact on my totals.

Virtual Ultra Triathlon: May Update

Yet another reasonably month with May seeing all my totals being pushed even higher.  The challenge on the 11 May didn’t quite go to plan due to the weather.  After a night of torrential rain and with high humidity on the day, that race sapped your strength far more than we expected.  We were aiming for a finish close to 2 hours, and we were on track for that after 9 miles.  Unfortunately one member of the team developed cramp in both legs and we finally finished in 2 hours 44 mins.  Considering the injury we were lucky to finish at all.  Great effort by all the team.

After five months here are the virtual ultra triathlon stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

According to my tracker I managed to run a total of 102km this month.  My total distance for the year so far is therefore 581km, which means I have completed about 67.95% of my challenge.  The good news is that I am approximately 224.75km ahead of schedule.

Another good month of running breaking the 100km mark again. This puts me a very healthy 225km ahead of schedule after 5 months.  Another way of looking at it is that even if I do no more running between now and the end of August, I would still be ahead of schedule.  Looking forward to an action packed running fest this month hopefully breaking the 100 mile barrier for the month.

My virtual location is now on the A639 at Castleford and feeling good to be in Yorkshire, passing places such as Harrogate, Wetherby, Ripon, Wath and Catterick.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 146km this month.  My total distance for the year  is therefore 854km, which means I have completed about 55.10% of my challenge.  The really good news is that I am approximately 208.17km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is on the A34 just north of Stafford by Ashton-by-Stone. It feels like I am travelling down the spine of England at an increasing rate.  In the last month we have passed by such places as Stoke-on-Trent, Kidsgrove, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford and Warrington.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a respectably 30km this month.  My total distance for the year is therefore 156km, which means I have completed about 45.09% of my challenge. The good news is that I am approximately 11.83km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now just passed Reading, getting closer to my current home of Windsor.  In the last month I passed through places such as Mapeldurham, Pangbourne, Moulsford, Wallingford and Dorchester.

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It was another tough month but I managed to just get over my monthly target.  This now takes me to nearly 12km ahead of schedule, which hopefully I can continue to build on and finally hit the halfway point of the challenge.  I managed to pull  muscle in my back just below my shoulder blade, whilst lifting a suitcase of all things.  Nothing would relieve the knot in my shoulder for 2 days, but after a 3km row I found that it surprisingly helped to loosen my shoulder.  Rowing has its benefits.

Overall May was another good month breaking the 100km again.  There were some good races including the 12 miles on the 11 May and a couple of Star Wars races on the 4th and 5th May.  I my 40th birthday weekend in Nice and in Monaco watching an absolutely enthralling Grand Prix.  Delighted to see Lewis Hamilton get his first victory of the season.

June is going to be an interesting month.  I am hoping to get some good distances covered before I depart on a walking holiday in Wales in the last week.

Lets see if i can really push these targets up in June.

Virtual Ultra Triathlon: April Update

April has been a tough month.  I have managed to get some good distance covered but it has been difficult.  My next challenge is on the 11 May and I have been training to run 12 miles carrying 20kg.  The aspiration is to cover the distance in under 2 hours, but going by my last run I am going to be a few minutes over.  The weather is also going to be contributing factor, if the sun is out and the temperatures are high, then that is going to slow me down.  As people tell me, train hard, race light.

Coming back to my virtual ultra triathlon, the main update is that both my run and cycle routes have now entered England.  This is always a positive boost as I am now in the country of my finish locations.  The other noticeable milestone is that I have now completed over 50% of my run.  Considering I am only in April, this means I am some distance ahead of target.  If I increased my target to 1000km for the year I would still be ahead.  If I increased my target to 1000 miles for the year then I am about 50km behind schedule.  A little too early to decide if this is achievable as i know I have some slow months ahead of me.

After four months here are the stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

According to my tracker I managed to run a total of 107km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 479km, which means I have completed about 56.02% of my challenge.  The good news is that I am approximately 194km ahead of schedule.

Another reasonable month of running which means I am almost 200km ahead of schedule, which is pretty good going after 4 months.  My mileage will eventually increase, but at the moment I have to keep it relatively low due to my training for a 12 mile race in May.  I need to practice carrying weight rather than endurance, but once I get this race over I need to focus on distance and endurance.

My virtual location is now on the A66 approaching Greta Bridge having passed over the Pennines into County Durham.  Just a couple of more kms and then I will be in the greatest county of them all, Yorkshire.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 175km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 708km, which means I have completed about 45.68% of my challenge.  The really good news is that I am approximately 191.33km ahead of schedule.

The intent was to cut down on my cycling and to run to work instead.  As ever with best laid plans, time is always against me in the morning and I end up cycling to make sure I get to work on time.  If I really want to run to and from work then I might have to accept the fact that I may need to get up a little earlier.  That is just a hard one to swallow as I already get up at 6.15am every morning.

My virtual location is just entering Lancaster on the A683.  During this month I not only entered England but I am now flying down the spine of the country through places such as Carlisle, Penrith, Shap, Kendal, Tewitfield and Bolton-le-Sands.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a meagre 34.55km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 126km, which means I have completed about 36.42% of my challenge. The good news is that I am approximately 10.67km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now just passed Cholsey and Wallingford having passed through towns such as Little Wittenham, Clifton Hampton, Abingdon and Sandford-on-Thames.

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I worked hard this month to ensure I not only hit my target for rowing, but I also tried to give that little bit extra.  I am delighted that I achieved this target and I am now a modest 10km ahead of schedule.  I am starting to realise that rowing is really not my thing.  It certainly helps my core strength and my shoulders are looking and feeling stronger, but I don’t find it particularly enjoyable.

Overall April has been a good month.  I didn’t run a 100 miles this month, but I am certainly happy with the 65 miles that I did run.  My running is getting so far ahead of schedule that I am now looking to extend the target for the year.  I think 1000km is achievable so I will see how I am doing at the end of May.

May is going to be an indifferent month due to a couple of bank holidays, my 40th birthday and a trip to watch the Monaco Grand Prix.  I do have my race on the 11 May, which should help my stats but I need to ensure I keep on track with everything else.

Looking forward to May.

Virtual Ultra Triathlon: March Update

March didn’t quite go as planned as I made one slight omission in my planning, I forgot about Easter!  As I do the majority of my exercise whilst at work or on the way to work, it meant my stats were going to take a slight hit over these two weeks.  I still managed to get out and do some running, so my running stats remain pretty good.

Some of the highlights of the month are:

  1.  On the 1 March I broke my PB for 5km, getting down to 20 mins 22 Secs.  Still aiming to get under 20 mins.
  2. On the 3 March I broke my PB for 10 miles for the second time in the space of a week.  I am now down to 1hr 12 min 25 secs for 10 miles.
  3. On the 16 March I went and broke a long standing PB, in that I broke my HM PB by 3 mins finally taking me below 100mins.  My new PB is now 1hr 39min 49 Secs.

An interesting highlight in my virtual ultra marathon is that my cycle route from John O’Groats caught up with and passed by run route from Ardnamurchen Lighthouse. The exact point is hard to say but on the 18 Mar I believe the cross over was on the A702 in the village of Crawford.

Even though I had not run as far in March, my knees have felt a little sore but nothing I am not used to.  I think this was only as a result of me pushing myself so hard on my HM when I realised at about the halfway point that I was on for a PB.  The other thing that I have noticed is that my fitness levels have really jumped a level in the last month.  This would explain the amount of PBs that I have been setting.  My comfortable running pace was always around 5 min to 5min 10 sec pace for a km.  I now find that I am comfortable running at around 4min 30 sec pace.  Last year I would find that I could run at this pace for maybe a km or two, yet now I find I can run at this new pace for 20km+.

I have also found that I am eating much more.  One night my wife looked at me in utter disgust when I cam back from the Fish and Chip shop with her small chips and a sausage, yet I had a large chips, large fish, large sausage and a curry sauce.  I could barely fit it all on my plate, not only did I eat the lot but I also ate a bag of mini eggs afterwards.  I was full after that, but didn’t feel bloated at all!

After three months here are the stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

According to my tracker I managed to run a total of 127km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 372km, which means I have completed about 43.5% of my challenge.  The good news is that I am approximately 158.25km ahead of schedule.

My mileage wasn’t too bad this month as I managed to get out for a couple of long runs during the Easter break.  My left knee has felt a little sore, but nothing that a good nights sleep doesn’t resolve.  My fitness levels continue to improve and as already mentioned above I set a number of PBs this month.  As with the cycling my mileage is sufficiently high enough that I am now over a month ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now on the B7076 just about to approach Gretna Green. During the month I have passed through Hamilton, Crawford, Elvanfoot and Lockerbie. Being only a km short of Gretna Green now means that I am going to run into England before a cycle in.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 144km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 533km, which means I have completed about 34.39% of my challenge.  The really good news is that I am approximately 145.5km ahead of schedule.

I continue to cycle to and from work however as with the other events, cycling took a slight knock as I was off work for Easter. My milage is sufficiently high enough when I am at work that I could easily afford to have two weeks off for Easter without it affecting my totals.  In fact I am still an entire month ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is still on the A701 just approaching the town of Beattock.  During this month I passed through or by towns such as Elvanfoot, Crawford, Abington, Lesmahagow, Boghead, Hamilton, Cumbernauld, Bonnybridge, Stirling and Dunblane.  The next big target will be the town of Gretna Green when I will say goodbye to Scotland and hello to England.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a meagre 25km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 91.55km, which means I have completed about 26.46% of my challenge. The good news is that I am approximately 5.05km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now just passed Kennington and Little London having passed through historic Oxford and also through the villages of Godford and Swinford.

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Due to Easter and being away from the gym at work meant that my rowing suffered this month, only completing an unimpressive 25km.  The good news is that I am still ahead of schedule, but the lesson learnt here is that I need to work harder on my rowing when I have the opportunity.  There will be other months when I am not able to get to the gym and I must ensure I am sufficiently ahead of schedule to cover these quieter months. Both my running and cycling continue to progress at a good rate as I am over a month ahead of schedule in both.  Given the days are getting longer my aim for April is to run rather than cycle to work more often.  I would love to reach the target of running 100 miles in a month.

Bring on April and the journey through England.

Virtual Ultra Triathlon: February Update

I am really delighted with how February has gone.  I managed to cover some real distance in running and cycling to the point that I am nearly a month ahead in both.

One thing I have noticed is that I am starting to feel slightly fatigued, but I believe this is down to nutrition rather than too much exercise.  My stats show that through exercise I burnt approximately 25,000 calories in February. This is just an approximation as I know one run I went for burnt considerable more calories than what was recorded.  Even a Garmin watch cannot take into account the boggy ground conditions and the fact you ran 12km wearing boots and carrying 16kg on your back. According to my Endomondo App I have now burnt at least 45,520 calories so far in 2016. This means I can now eat 177 Big Macs or 511 bananas, depending on how healthy I want to be. The good way of looking at this is that with all this exercise I could eat 3 Big Macs a day and it would be a zero sum outcome!

In order to maintain a healthy diet I believe I need to consume around 3,500 calories a day.  I know I am not even close to achieving this, and I suspect I am about 1,000 calories short per day.  No wonder I always feel hungry!

After two months here are the stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

According to my tracker I managed to run a total of 129km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 246km, which means I have completed about 28.77% of my challenge.  The good news is that I am approximately 103.5km ahead of schedule.

My mileage was boosted this month due to a couple of long runs.  Interestingly my feet and legs are feeling really good, which I believe is all down to the techniques I have been learning from Chi Running. My running is improving so much that I went out for a run with no distance really in mind, only to find I knocked nearly 8 mins off my 10 mile PB.  I was really quite delighted to run 10 miles in 76 mins.

My virtual location has now jumped ahead due to a good month. I have just passed through Glasgow and now following the River Clyde as it winds its way towards Motherwell.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 222km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 389km, which means I have completed about 25.1% of my challenge.  The good news is that I am approximately 130.67km ahead of schedule.

I continue to cycle to and from work, which given its dark and cold at the moment is not the most pleasant thing in the world.  It is also quite difficult to cycle home if I have done a long run that day.  But it is all contributing to my total and a couple of stints on the bike in the gym also help to push the mileage up.

My virtual location is still on the A9, however I am much further south now having passed through the Cairngorms National Park, Perth and the town of Waterloo!  Just about to arrive at the town of Aberuthven before heading south towards Stirling.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a total of 41.2km this month.  My total distance so far is therefore 66.55km, which means I have completed about 19.23% of my challenge. The good news is that I am approximately 8.88km ahead of schedule.

My virtual location is now just approaching Bablock Hythe having passed through Chimney, Radcot, Johns Priory and Newbridge.

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I worked harder on my rowing this month as I was slightly behind schedule at the end of January.  It has taken some effort but I have managed to turn it around and now be slightly ahead of schedule.  I still need to put more work into this as I can easily see me falling behind again if I get some busy weeks in work.

Next stop March, the clocks change and I need to eat more.

Virtual Ultra Triathon: January Update

The last few months of 2015 were pretty much written off due to a knee injury, however after a month of hard training it seems like my knee is holding up fine.  This is probably down to two reasons, the first reason is that having 3 months rest has obviously done wonders on my knee, but secondly and I suspect most crucially is that I have changed my running style.

I was always a heavy heel strike runner and the impact this was starting to have on my ankles, shins an knees was gradually getting worse as I grew older.  Something had to change, either stop running or modify the root cause of the issue which was my running style.  Trying to remember to stick to your new form when you are out running is not easy, whether it is to maintain that mid foot strike, maintain form, slightly lean forward so that gravity pulls you forward, keep your knees low and heels high, keep your arms up high and swing your elbows back.  These are just a few of the changes I have made, it is taking time but I am slowly getting there.  I read that it took Tiger Woods 18 months to adapt when he changed his golf swing, but when it clicked he was almost unstoppable.

Anyway to my 2016 virtual ultra triathlon challenge.  We are one month into it and I am ahead of scheduled on all three disciplines.  This has taken commitment, but then I knew it was never going to be simple. Thankfully my normal work routine is such that I can get a fair amount of exercise in during the week, without encroaching into the weekend.  If this challenge started to encroach into family time at the weekends, then I certainly wouldn’t be doing it.

After one month here are the stats:

Running – Ardnamurchen Lighthouse to Lowestoft.

According to my tracker I managed to run a total of 117km.  This means that I have completed about 13.7% of my challenge and I am approximately 45.75km ahead of schedule.

I managed to get a few long runs into the month, with the longest being 24km.  The other reason why I am probably ahead of schedule is due to the Cross Country races that I have taken part in.

My virtual location is on the A82 just approaching Loch Ba.

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Cycling – John O’Groats to Lands End.

According to my tracker I managed to cycle a total of 167km.  This means that I have completed about 10.7% of my challenge and I am approximately 37.83km ahead of schedule.

Cycling to and from work is definitely contributing well to my totals, however I do realise there will be some months when I am away or on holiday. So the plan at the moment is to get the kms in now as I know I can.

My virtual location is on the A9 passing the town of Alness and on my way to Cromarty Bridge.

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Rowing – The length of the Thames

According to my tracker I managed to row a total of 25.35km.  This means that I have completed about 7.3% of my challenge and I am approximately 3.48km behind schedule.

My virtual location is now just approaching Castle Eaton.

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I thought the Rowing part of the challenge would be where I would struggle the most, but as it happens it is not that difficult once I get the time to swing by the gym.  Once I do get in there and find a free rower, I can smash out a few kms and make up for the days I have missed.  However as the above shows I am slightly behind schedule so I will need to make up for this in February.

When it comes to the run and cycle, I am trying to ensure I keep a healthy balance between the two and ensure I keep any high tempo sessions separated by a rest or a generally relaxed day.  I am also fully aware that many things can happen in a year, such as an injury, so I am quite happy to see I am so far ahead of schedule on both the run and cycle.  I am sure some months will have less totals.

Next stop February.

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:

Running

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

Cycling

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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Rowing

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.