Archive for June, 2008

Dry runs

June 26, 2008

Now that we’re into the final three weeks before the “big day out” it’s time to do some last minute training!  As my friend Gary reminded me today, it’s too late now to be training hard and instead I should be backing off a bit, or “tapering” as the pros like to call it. Yes, […]

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The word is spreading

June 24, 2008

We’re so delighted to read tonight that Shane Stokes of has very kindly posted a note on Matt’s Ironman.  On the UK side of things, Lynda Carthy from the Myelin Project UK has also included a write up on their website in the fundraising section. We are very touched and humbled by the support […]

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3 weeks to go…

June 23, 2008

Finally the sun is shining in the Alpes.  Whilst northern Europe (according to my parents) has been basking in summer for the past month or so, we’ve been having to deal with constant rain and cold. So what better way to celebrate the sun and heat and go and do the “La Mure” cyclosportif just […]

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Thank you

June 19, 2008

Whilst feeding Joseph at lunch time I noticed an appeal on telly that made my heart leap.  It started off with Zinedine Zidane kicking a football against a steel gate and every time the ball hit the gate, the ball fell to the ground.  The voice-over said (in my best French/English translation): ‘Leukodystrophy paralyses many […]

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4 weeks to go…

June 15, 2008

I swear I only wrote “5 weeks to go” yesterday! Where does the time go? It’s official: not only am I nervous, but the panic attacks have started. I had my first “losing control” dream last night. I get these a lot whenever I’m stressed by something. These dreams often involve my teeth crumbling to […]

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5 weeks to go…

June 10, 2008

We don’t know where to begin. Thank so much everyone for all the kind comments and words of encouragement, they mean a huge amount to us. We’ve been bowled over by the number of donations so far. It’s been only a few days since we let friends and family know about this blog and we […]

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Joseph’s routine

June 7, 2008

So while I’m busy messing around swimming, biking, and running, what is Joseph up to?  Joseph has a very busy weekly schedule, as does his poor mum who has the job of taking him everywhere. Joseph needs constant care and physiotherapy.  Unlike other children his age,  Joseph is not capable of very much physical movement: […]

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Training so far…

June 7, 2008

I apologize in advance if this post is a bit long winded and tedious.  It will not involve any pictures of dinosaurs (I think I was high on caffeine the other night!), but instead will bore you silly with lots of facts and figures about my training so far.  Some of our cycling and triathlon […]

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Why do an Ironman?

June 5, 2008

We originally had the idea that I should attempt to do an Ironman last October.  After hearing Joseph’s diagnosis and how there was no known cure we were left feeling quite powerless and depressed.  How could we just sit around and do nothing?  When you become a parent you suddenly discover all these primal instincts […]

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Joseph is 20 months old today

June 5, 2008

While Joseph is taking a quick nap, I thought I’d make my debut input on the blog to give you a quick update on how he’s doing.  He’s 20 months old today and just getting over a bout of some horrendous gastric bug.  Other than that, he’s in good form and his appetite is coming […]

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