7 Weeks to go – Countdown to Ironman Austria

Polesden Lacey run through

5.5 gain (yikes); 30.5lb total; 8.5lb in 2014.

Earlier this week I finished re-reading a book written by Rosie Pope-Swale, ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’.  At the age of 55, having come to running late in life, she opted to run around the world in the memory of her late husband Clive and to raise awareness of the cancer that prematurely took his life.

In 2012 during the London Olympics I had the pleasure of meeting Rosie.  She was invited as an honoured guest of Saucony to an Olympic party held in London on the night of the 800m final.

Happily, we were also invited.

That evening we watched David Rudisha run the perfect race to take the 800m title and become the first person to set a world record on the Olympic track.  But the highlight for me was meeting Rosie.  A small, unassuming lady who was shy and almost baffled by the attention given to her.  It was a true honour to meet her.

In the Epilogue of her book she wrote the following words… ‘My run became much bigger than me, it became a metaphor for life.  It made me see that everything in life is an adventure and a miracle, whether its running across a glacier or boiling water to make a cup of tea.  Life is the greatest, happiest and often toughest adventure of all.’

It got me thinking.  In the shop, we get to meet the most amazing people with lots of stories to tell, mostly as a result of ‘tough adventures’.  People participate in sports for lots of different reasons.  But for some reason running, and specifically the recent London Marathon, motivates many people who have been through a really tough time to raise money for the charity who helped a loved one or supported them through that time.

I’ve had so many people help and support me over the last 9 months.  So I wanted to return the favour and give something back to the people who have helped me.

When we were considering the Princess Alice hospice for the Bacchus Marathon we were surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of people we spoke to who had received help from them.  All of those people spoke so highly of the care they and their loved ones received from the Hospice.

So when I thought that I could use the Ironman to help raise money for those whose toughest adventures were made just a little easier by Princess Alice, they were an obvious choice.  So here we are, I’m now the proud owner of a justgiving page and a modest target to try and achieve.  You can see it here… https://www.justgiving.com/Nicky-Donbavand1 (and thank you all for your support – it is very much appreciated).

I really can’t believe we are now only 7 weeks away from the race.  This week started off well.  We had another Bank Holiday and an extra day off so we went up to Polesden Lacey to run through the Polesden 10k route.  This time last year I was so slow I couldn’t even complete the route and had to make a few shortcuts.  So this year I was absolutely delighted to be able to run the route strongly the day after the 100 mile bike ride.


But the week went a bit downhill from there.  It was a scheduled easy week this week anyhow and by golly I think I needed it.  I’d been struggling with sore muscles all week that never seemed to get any better.  So, I took an extra day off and then sacked the planned Marshman Half Iron distance race yesterday for a day on the couch instead.

But the biggest blow was clambering on the scales on Thursday and seeing the 5.5lb gain, in just six days.  From out of nowhere.


This thing is difficult enough without that.  But instead of panicking, it has helped to renew focus and determination and I’m starting this week fresh and rejuvenated.  Just like Rosie said, no one said this was going to be easy and ‘Life is the greatest, happiest and often toughest adventure of all.’  And all the more worthwhile because of it.


About PT Nicky

I'm a girl in the world just trying to make 1% improvements everyday. I recently qualified as a Personal Trainer. I certainly don't fit the aesthetic of a PT and I wanted to demonstrate that ordinary people can achieve their hearts desire. Clean eating advocate with paleo leanings.
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