The fatigue has really set in after 60 Olympic-distance triathlons with no break.
Number 61 was a test of surviving the three or so hours of exertion, desperate for the time to pass so making as much effort as possible to go as fast as I can, while feeling extremely drained.
Thankfully the knees and calf muscles that have caused much concern over previous weeks give only occasional reminders of their weaknesses.
I completed today in pretty standard times (30 minutes for the 1,500m swim, 1 hour 10 minutes for 40km cycle and just under 49 minutes for the 10km run). However, the rest of the day was a wipeout. I was doing better when I had just four hours sleep over Christmas, or perhaps I am now paying for those days.
However, I am buoyed by the fact the number of triathlons left to do begins with a three for the first time, another ten and I will really feel like I am on the run in.
I am completing this massive challenge to raise money to build a fitting tribute to all police officers and staff who make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. If you have not yet supported me please donate whatever you can here.
Today I paid tribute to all who died in the line of duty on December 30. They are:
1856 – Acting Constable John Parson – Great Western Railway Police
1908 – Police Constable Frederick Nash – Folkestone Borough Police
1920 – Police Constable Arthur Thorp – Royal Irish Constabulary
1929 – Sergeant George Schofield – Metropolitan Police
1956 – Police Constable John Scally – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC
1969 – Detective Constable Angus Mackenzie QPM – Glasgow City Police
1985 – Sergeant Ronald Hunter – Bedfordshire Police