Day 50 – half way hurdle

Yippee! I am half way in my challenge to complete 100 Olympic-distance triathlons in 100 consecutive days. It is perhaps appropriate that I did so mainly using half my body.

While the swim was most noteworthy for me losing count and doing an extra 160 metres, the cycle began with my left calf muscle hurting and I could tell I needed to prevent it from further damage. I lowered the intensity and pedalled much more with my right leg.

Then on the run after about 500 metres the left calf was very painful. I thought about hopping but 10km would have been too far. I ran in short strides and hoped for the best. I was able to complete the final leg of the triathlon but at a much slower pace than normal.

Reaching this milestone feels great but, with the same amount still to go, I am fearful that I now face the challenge’s biggest hurdle – I have to find a way to overcome this injury.

I will celebrate reaching this half way stage by going to an Andre Rieu concert at Wembley Arena, but at the same time remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can do such things in safety.

The following police officers and staff died in the execution of their duty on December 19:

1882 – Police Constable John Drummond – Berwickshire Constabulary

1900 – Lieutenant George Hebbington – Glasgow City Police

1961 – Police Constable Thomas Hughes – Berkshire County Constabulary

1965 – Sergeant Donald Robertson BEM – Perth & Kinross Constabulary

1966 – Police Constable William Wood – Surrey Constabulary

1975 – Police Constable Francis Sullivan – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1988 – Police Constable Gavin Carlton – West Midlands Police

1989 – Detective Inspector David Stewart – Tayside Police

2000 – Police Constable Jonathan Odell – Kent County Constabulary

Please support my efforts to raise money to build a fitting tribute to all officers and staff who have died while serving at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire by donating whatever you can here.

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