Against All Odds

This wasn't going to my first rodeo. I'd done a triathlon before (albeit a while ago) but as Sunday 14 July was getting closer, it was making me more and more anxious. Training had started well, and I was making good progress but then my advancing years started to catch up with me. It started … Continue reading Against All Odds

Broken, Beaten & Scarred

It’s fair to say that I’m two from three in the title. The last couple of weeks haven’t been a great lead up ahead of York Triathlon. Training has been hampered by a back problem which has meant training has been difficult. To say that it has been frustrating is an understatement which was epitomised … Continue reading Broken, Beaten & Scarred

Stronger

It’s been another tough week, but we’ve started to move in the right direction. Like turning around an oil tanker this is taking longer than you hope and much more effort but at least there has been some progress which is better than last week. That said, it hasn’t really reflected in my training yet … Continue reading Stronger

Endgame

York Triathlon is on the horizon and the days are counting down. Over the past few weeks things have not been going entirely to plan. Plan is obviously a loose term given my history of turning up at events woefully underprepared, but I did have some idea of what I wanted to work on in … Continue reading Endgame

Born To Run

It’s not the first time I’ve decided to take on a challenge despite being unfit and unprepared and I’m sure it won’t be the last (much to the dismay of my long-suffering wife Elaine). On 14 July I’ll be taking part in the City of York Triathlon that takes place at York Sports Village. To … Continue reading Born To Run

The Second Coming

The second year for the Dan Rhodes Foundation has been a bit like the difficult second album. When a band has made a brilliant debut, they often find it difficult to better it with their second. Notable failures to improve on their first offering include The Stones Roses, Audioslave, Suede, The Arctic Monkeys and Rage … Continue reading The Second Coming

Under pressure

This week is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme for this year is stress. Stress has probably been one of the biggest triggers that has caused issues with my own mental health. Stress is a necessary evil as part of our human makeup as it helps us survive but unfortunately in the modern world … Continue reading Under pressure

Thank You

As the first year of the Foundation draws to a close, it is time to reflect on what has been a successful year. Over the year, we have managed to raise awareness of mental health issues, raise our profile and follower numbers and raise some money to help with the fight against mental illness. There … Continue reading Thank You

Regret

Total Warrior soon seemed to have come around again and as we got closer to the day of the event it became evident that I wasn’t going to be as prepared as I would have liked. I’d been struggling with a knee ligament injury for a couple of months that needed rest (not sure how … Continue reading Regret