I started this blog a few years ago as a means for me to express my inner feelings about my journey to becoming an Ironman; as well as to record that journey to reflect upon later in life once the mists of time had descended and all was left was an unreliable memory and some photos. Since I completed Ironman, I have carried on writing about my adventures in distance racing – mainly because I enjoyed writing about it.
It’s time however for this blog to come to an end.
There are a few reasons why I’m ending the Tin Man Adventure – the only one that matters though is that, amongst all of the things I have going on in my life, I’m simply not enjoying writing here anymore.
It’s been quite a journey since I started back in 2011 – both for good and ill. I’ve had three jobs, lived in two cities, visited a bunch of countries and completed 5 marathons. I’ve done 5 triathlons, improved literally every personal best I could have, discovered the joys of turbo training on the bike and spent an embarrassingly immeasurable amount of money on kit. I’ve had a marriage separation and divorce. I’ve watched my amazing daughter grow and flourish from the Tin Baby into an actual little person – replete with opinions, character and attitude. I’ve helped bring a Tin Baby Boy into the world, a little one for whom the word ‘happy’ doesn’t quite do him justice, a beautiful cuddly little man who has already attended a race. And I have an amazing woman who tolerates my many foibles, who walks a marathon with me to check pacing, wakes at insane hours to support me at races and receives far too little in return. To say I am blessed is the greatest understatement of all.
It’s time to move on from writing here; though not distance racing. I enjoy that far too much to walk away from – but for now, I’ll do it without the race reports. I’ve loved the people I’ve had the chance to interact with online as a result of this blog (and in some cases, meet for beers), and if nothing else the meeting those people has made writing here worth every minute.
It’s been fun – but this is the end of this particular adventure. Thanks for reading.