So, I am training for Ironman Wales on 3 September, which involves exercising between 15 – 18 hours a week at the moment for the 2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run event….surely I should be “skinny” with all that exercise…..?

Well, I am the heaviest I have ever been (with the exception of when I have been “with child/ren!!”). I have just bought a size 14 tri-suit – I have never been a size 14 apart from when pregnant!


However, what actually matters is my strength – not my size.


I am feeling the fittest I ever have.


I am training the most consistently I have since having children (eldest turns 9 tomorrow and our twin girls are now 7.5yrs old!)


I am carrying the least niggles I ever have.


I am feeling the most confident about getting to a start line of an event in the strongest shape I possibly can.


I am not worried about the numbers on the scales.


I am not worried about what size clothes I need to buy as long as they feel comfortable.


I am worried about being strong, injury free and healthy and doing all I can to keep it this way. I have to thank Lewis Williams of PEaK Team for his fantastic training progamme and Andy Cittern-Jones of Resolve2Run for his help with specific strength training.


I am also seeking to raise much needed funds for First Days Children’s Charity  who help families who are struggling to provide the essentials for their children to be safe, have fun and be confident at school in Wokingham, Reading and Bracknell. Sadly the demand for First Days is sky-rocketing and they need all they help they can get to continue to support all the families needing their help. Any help you can give would make a huge difference to them and my motivation to keep training and getting stronger not skinnier….


If you feel able to donate a pound or two, please do so here.


About the author Ellie Barnes

Ellie is widely qualified and experienced within the fitness industry and she also competes at a high level so she knows at first-hand what it’s like to set demanding goals and achieve them.

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