Day 43 – active relief

After yesterday’s very painful experience, and with concerns that previous similar calf problems have led to injuries, I was very concerned about how today would go.

I was very late after Tuesday’s press day finished at 10pm and was shocked to find the pool taken over by Aquarobics when I arrived. After a short delay, I was able to get started on my swim and the first test gave me confidence. Unlike yesterday, each push off the wall did not hurt the calf muscles.

I was able to cycle at a reasonable speed but could feel the muscles tighten after half way. However, they were nowhere near as tight as before and I was hopeful about the run.

With coach Ian Mayhew’s cautionary words ringing in my ears, I focused on controlling the pace and on the overall goal, not just today’s time. After 51 minutes I completed the 10km run to and number 43 of the 100 triathlons in 100 days.

And I am mightily relieved that, so far, it has been possible to get over the two most concerning and painful niggles I have had so far while continuing with the challenge – active recovery in action.

This extreme challenge is being done to raise money to build a memorial for police officers and staff who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the public. We hope to build a fitting tribute at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Please support by efforts by donating here. Thank you.

Today I paid tribute to those who died on December 12. They are:

1767 – Watchman William Ridley – London Night watch

1894 – Police Constable William Wilson – Kingston-upon-Hull City Police

1904 – Police Constable Richard Clayton – Lancashire County Constabulary

1940 – Police Fireman Frederick Spencer – Sheffield Police Fire Brigade

1958 – Police Constable Frank Hulme – Hertfordshire County Constabulary

1970 – Sergeant William Hunter – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1979 – Police Constable William Haken – Northumberland Constabulary

1993 – Assistant Constable William Beacom – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1993 – Reserve Constable Ernest Smith – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

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