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Where we are
16 Devonshire Ave
7a Cavendish Place
186 Nottingham Road
Today is Dan’s 21st birthday and I’m so pleased to be spending the day with him as it’s not often we get to spend time together. What a handsome, charming, intelligent, modest and all round great guy he is. Just like his Dad….
I captured a similar incident four years ago.
Established a new business partnership with Greatorex serving Llanrhaeadr and area. They supply everything that you might need from 08:00 to 22:00 daily, so support your local shop. You can now get your Tanat Valley kindling and oak or ash logs from Greatorex.
David completes the first stage of his Barcelona Iron Man event as he transitions from the 2.4 km swim to the 180 km cycle ride. After an hour or so swimming among 2500 others, he is still on top form!
Delivered the opening stock to The Knockin Shop today, my first retail outlet. I dropped off some oak and ask log as well as kindling. Knockin is on the road to Mid Wales and the coast and passing trade often stops for logs for the holiday lets and country cottages. You can also get your hair cut while you are there!
What a day! What a race! I smashed it in a time of dead-on 12 hours. Mother nature welcomed us at the start with a firework display of thunder and lightning, delaying us by 30 mins. I felt strong throughout the swim, avoiding any kicks and punches and coming out of the water after 2.4 miles in 1hr 14 mins.
The sun dried us quickly on the 112 mile, pancake flat, beautiful coastal ride . The sea breeze kept us from being baked. I rigidly stuck to my nutrition plan of gels and energy drinks every 30 mins resulting in frequent pee breaks. (Memo to self: must trying relieving myself while riding to save time. Check first if anyone is drafting behind!)
After 6 hrs 3mins I sped into transition. Helmet off, fresh socks and running shoes on and out on the marathon course. I mentally counted down 8 parkruns, walking through the feed stations refuelling with banana, gel, water and energy drink before picking up the pace. (Note to self: vomit inducing gels really do work – keep taking them). After 20k and as dusk settled my morale faltered briefly as I reflected on what an idiot I was to take on this challenge. Singing old club dance favourites kept me going: Soul II Soul – Keep on Moving, Salt N’ Peppa – Push It. So that’s what I did. I pushed on. Making the last 5k the fastest parkrun split of the lot.
The volunteers and crowd support were fantastic. Nothing lifts the spirit more than hearing a random stranger saying: “C’mon David – you are amazing, stay strong!” Our bodies are indeed amazing and with the right mental attitude you can achieve much more than you perhaps thought possible. 24 hours later I can still hear that unique phrase ringing through my mind I first heard as I sped down the finishers funnel ‘David you are an Ironman!’ Mission accomplished.