Saturday, 6 July 2013

Guest Post: Get Fit For Charity

By the time 2014 rolls into action, I would like to be in another body. Or at least a slightly smaller, more toned body. At some point in the last two years fitness and I parted company. I have a new friend, who always brings chocolate and wine. My new friend is called Slovenly.

Finally, after being inspired by healthier blogs such as Tamzin’s, I am ready to get fit again. However, I am rubbish at personal motivation. When I get fit, I have to do it for charity. My recent Google searches include ‘marathons in Europe’ and ‘Triathlon events’. I also briefly considered swimming the English Channel, until I remembered my fear of fish.

My chosen charity is Diabetes UK, I have a seven year old daughter who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in October last year. I have run a marathon before, so I think I will opt for a triathlon. The only one that really appeals is;

The Ironman

The king of British triathlon events is held in Bolton in August. A 2.4 mile swim, a 26.2 mile run, and a 112 mile bike ride. Just typing the distances makes me feel a little queasy.

But can you imagine the feeling of achievement that must surge through you upon completion? Not to mention the amount of sponsorship money I could raise for undertaking such an epic event. I have done my research; all the training guides suggest I start training following a structured plan. 

Then the next step is to start by taking part in smaller events, such as the Weymouth Bay Triathlon.
Weymouth is a 750km swim, a 5k run and a 20k bike ride. When you compare it to The Ironman, it sounds almost pleasurable. I am not sure I will feel that way following completion. 

Britain is full of fantastic triathlons, and if you are not a fan of three sports in one, I can highly recommend running a marathon. It is a great way to raise money, increase fitness, and achieve something amazing.

Author: Jane Blackmore is a writer, blogger and editor. She is also seriously considering taking part in the 2014 Ironman event. Friends tell her she must be mad.


Have you ever completed an Ironman?

I think this is an amazing thing what Jane is doing, I would love to do an Ironman especially for such a great cause! I wish Jane all the luck in the world and hope she enjoys this amazing journey : )


  1. I have never considered one, but I have not even thought about a triathlon as I really struggle with the swimming part of it.

    1. I know what you mean the swimming and the cycling would be a nightmare for me!

  2. I can run anywhere, but my swimming is leisurely.. and my bike rides involve picnics and sunny days xxxx I admire anyone that even thinks of doing anything like this, I would rather do a 90mile walk to be well done to even contemplate this feat. xxxx