Today was a late start after turning off the alarm clock at 4am, more than an hour flashed by before I was able to lift myself off the bed.
A smaller breakfast and a huge hope that I would be able to start as soon as possible and have enough energy to complete another Olympic-distance triathlon.
My shoulders ached on the swim and I could tell energy levels were already low. I lost count and did 120 metres more than I should have. Then dizziness set in on the bike. My nutrition – a banana – was gone a third of the way in. I had a flapjack and gel waiting for when I get off the bike so it was a case of battling through the fatigue.
Before the run, I had two bites of the flapjack, as much as I could allow myself to be able to run without a problem. It was enough, although the brain was fading by the end but another sub-50 minute run completed.
Off to work and a shift between 10am and 9pm followed. Not much time for recovery today either but no-one said this would be easy.
I am putting myself through this huge task of 100 Olympic-distance triathlons in 100 days to raise funds for the UK Police Memorial Trust, to build a fitting tribute to fallen police officers and staff at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
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On this day, I paid tribute to every officer and member of police staff who died on duty on November 15. They were:
1873 – Police Constable Cornelius McNamara – Royal Irish Constabulary
1875 – Inspector Thomas Potter – Metropolitan Police
1920 – Police Constable James Woods – Royal Irish Constabulary
1924 – Police Constable William Firby – London & North Eastern Railway Police
1935 – Police Constable Peter MacRae – London Midland & Scottish Railway Police
1937 – Police Constable Albert Pratt – Birkenhead County Borough Police
1940 – Police Messenger Bertram West – Coventry City Police
1945 – Special Commandant Reginald Nicholson – Cambridgeshire Constabulary
1962 – Police Constable John Parkin – Durham County Constabulary
1970 – Police Constable John Robertson – Glasgow City Police
1981 – Police Constable Daniel Clarke – Metropolitan Police
1985 – Police Constable David Hanson – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1992 – Reserve Constable Alan Corbett – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
Today, I remembered their sacrifice and expressed my gratitude to the continued sacrifice of those currently serving and putting themselves in danger so we can be safe.