Triathlon 34/52 (second Tri of the week) done.
I am now two ahead of where I need to be and able to go on my holiday and take two weeks off and still be up to date. I cannot put into words how grateful I am to have two weeks off, it almost brings a tear to my eye.
I expected today to be so hard as I have been exhausted all week. I rarely do exhausted as I have a lot of energy, but this week I have been like the walking dead. So last night I went to bed about 11pm and read for an hour and then set my clock for a 5am wake up to hit the swim. I fully expected to oversleep, have an aching back and have to drag myself through the event. But oh no! It never went like that at all. I was up and at it like I was twenty years younger. No back ache at all. I swam strong and fast. I cycled with my head down and my cadence high. And then I ran a strong 56 minutes 10k including uphill on the way back. I have no idea how or why I felt so good and ready today. But as a friend said to me afterwards, who cares how or why, just be happy about it. So happy I am and will stay. Now it is a solid 2 weeks off triathlons and time with the family relaxing abroad. Then when I am back, it will be just 18 more to go and hopefully we can pick up the fundraising again and push as hard on that as I did today on the run. Please do share my blog with whoever you can so that we can get as much support as possible to see me finish this crazy challenge strong and on target. Thanks and see you in 2 weeks xxx
Watch Rob Starr talk to BBC News about his 52x52 Challenge on the day he finished his 52nd and final Triathlon of the year!
A short blog to end; Triathlon 52/52 done. So pleased it’s over. Lots of money raised for the Starr Trust and I really hope it continues as there are so many young people who need our help.
That was one of the hardest yet both physically and mentally. Physically because my back is still in muscle spasm, caused by a Crohn's flare up that needed rest but didn’t get it. Mentally because the whole triathlon was done gym based, which meant no sea, no air, no trees, no birds - just a clock telling me I’ve hardly started!