It’s been a busy time since our last post to this blog! We have made good progress with all things triathlon related…..we’ve booked our flights and car, sorted our accommodation, reserved bikes and ‘booked’ the kids in with Mum for the weekend of the event. We have also had a lovely family Christmas and New a Year and as always Father Christmas was very good to us, but I bet no one can guess my favourite present?! I’ll give you a couple of clues….it’s hard, funny looking and essential! Yep, you guessed it, a new bike helmet! Now that we have all of the correct gear we can officially say our training has begun!!
Anyone that knows us well will know that Neal is already quite fit! He swims with Kenilworth Masters three times a week and goes to the gym three times a week too. I, on the other hand do nothing, nadda, zilch! I have A LOT of catching up to do!! So, I joined a gym and plan on going as often as I can!
Everything was going to plan: I was getting into a nice routine of going to the gym in the mornings doing a mixture of weights, combat, spinning, swimming and running, and Meanwhile Neal was continuing his normal fitness routine but adding in some running too. We even managed a 25km bike ride a few weeks back, albeit with a brief stop half way at a pub for refreshments!
We had a big family holiday coming up to Cape Town in February for 2 weeks and we had even made contact with a masters swimming club to make sure we didn’t lose any of our training momentum!
However, 9 days before we were due to go Arthur had picked up what we presumed was a sickness bug but after 4 days of him getting worse and not better we decided to go to BCH to get him checked out (mainly for our peace of mind before travelling). Much to everyone’s surprise, scans showed that the catheter from Arthurs shunt had fractured (snapped) and had a four inch gap in it so the fluid was not able to drain adequately. It was this that was causing his symptoms and not a bug. The only way to treat this was to have a second brain operation which we always knew deep down was inevitable but we had hoped it would have been further down the line than this. Luckily the wonderful surgeons at BCH were able to replace just the catheter rather than have to replace the whole shunt. Arthur was still left with three sets of stitches (one quite large wound on his head and two on his abdomen) and a rather humorous 90’s style undercut! He recovered remarkably quickly and after just 4 days in hospital we were on our way home.
Home was where we were destined to stay after Arthurs consultant informed us traveling was out of the question. So, after all the planning and excitement the rest of the family continued on their holiday without us. Charlotte and George both decided they still wanted to go so the house has been very quiet for the last two weeks! Whilst Arthur is growing in character, he’s not yet a great conservationist! They say every cloud has a silver lining and with less running around to do with the big kids we have had more time to get our training back on track……and that is where we are now!
With eight weeks to go until the triathlon we are stepping up out training regime as much as work and parenting commitments allow us! One thing we have not practised yet are the transitions between the different disciplines. We’re not sure the best way to do these but we’ll no doubt have some fun trying! We also want to raise more awareness of our participation in the triathlon and the excellent cause we are doing this for – Birmingham Childrens Hospital. So please share this blog and the details of our Just Giving page on your social media platforms to get the word around and hopefully help us raise more money for this fantastic cause.