Thursday, 27 August 2009

Iron-Man Huw

My brother-in-law Huw (he of the pink junk bike) is about to take part in the Monaco half Iron-Man. That's a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56-mile bike ride, finishing off with a half marathon (13.1 miles).

Ironman Monaco - Pie-eaters need not apply

Last year's winner finished in just over four hours. Phew!

It certainly highlights the difference of approach between Huw and myself, best summed up if you saw us standing next to each other - he resembles Lance Armstrong, while I look more like Stephen Fry (well, the post-gym version). The photo at the top of the blog is definitely me at my most slender.

I'd like to think that my own approach to cycling has it's unique challenges - plus, perhaps, the chance to smell the flowers and contemplate the clouds along the way. But while Huw is a man who eats miles for breakfast (and not much else) - and runs a marathon in under 3 hours - I see a 100-mile ride as an excuse for pie and chips, plus a few pints. And who needs the excuse of a 100-mile ride, to be honest?

But perhaps it's time for me to take a leaf out of Huw's book.

Anyway, good luck to him next weekend!


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