Two months till Ironman Nice – it’s started to feel real and imminent. After months of training I’m starting to plateau. Fortunately, to keep training interesting I have entered myself into a variety of races and events in the build-up.

It’s been a few weeks since I last raced, and my body feels better for having eased off the intensity. However, next weekend is the first of three consecutive weeks of races:

Great Lakeland 3 Day-
A three day mountain running stage race in the Lake District. It’s supported, i.e. they transport your overnight kit. There’s a twist- you can choose which category you want to compete in at the start of each morning, which is handy if you are feeling sprightly and want to race with the Elites, or the opposite if have a bit of a sore head from the free beer the organisers put on each evening!

Excalibur Marathon-
Set in North Wales, this is a mountainous trail that winds up and down the Clwydian Range for a leg-busting 26.2 miles.

Slateman Triathlon-
Back to North Wales, this triathlon starts with a frigid 1000 metre swim, a hilly 51km road cycle taking in the committing road up to Pen-y-Pass in the shadow of Snowdon and finally a hilly 11km trail run through quarries and country park. A walk in the park? I think not.

After these races I should be in a better place psychologically for the Ironman. Whether this approach works… well time will tell!

Keep going

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