The start of my Ironman Journey

Yes, it’s true – I have entered a full Iron-distance event: Ironman Copenhagen 2022. If you are new to the site, my name is Anthony and I’m based in Maidstone, UK. I intend to document my journey along the way, to share my thoughts and experiences as my training progresses. But first, a little bit of back story to set the scene. My fitness journey started around January 2015 when I joined Beginners2Runners in Coxheath, Read more…

Self-Hosted Streaming Server – NGINX + RTMP – YouTube + Facebook Live

I’m writing these notes up, mainly as a reference for me in the future – but they might just help others looking to do similar. Issue: During the Coronavirus season, our church, like many, ventured into the world of streaming services, primarily to YouTube but with an eye to multiplexing to both YouTube and Facebook at the same time. Initially, the plan was to stream from OBS Studio to an intermediate platform, restream.io We tested Read more…

Bluetooth Foot Pedal for Onsong – an alternative to Airturn ?

Project History! The intention of this post is to serve as an aide-memoire for a little project I’ve been working on recently. From time to time, I lead worship at my church, and play acoustic guitar.  For song lyrics / chord charts I use a popular app on IOS called Onsong. A while ago I found an old guitar foot switch unit that started life belonging to a Marshall amp.  I took most of it’s Read more…

8 more sleeps! We’re nearly there

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The lovely London Marathon page on Facebook today popped up to say there are 9 days to go!!!

The most fantastic way to start this update is to be able to say I have reached my Fundraising target and at the time of posting it stands at – £ 2127.65
I am truly humbled and blessed by the generosity that people have shown in supporting WaterAid in helping me reach this target. (more…)

Counting down…as the miles go up!!

Having been a month since my last post, I figured it’s about time for a quick update. I took part in the Cancer Research ‘Winter Run’ on the 31st January.  It’s a popular 10k race starting in Trafalgar Square, and finishing along Whitehall. It was the first race of it’s size that I’ve taken part in, with around 15,000 people taking part. I really enjoyed it, especially as I finished in 53:32 which is about Read more…

100 Days to Go – And Counting!

Eek!! So it seems I’ve hit the big 100 day countdown, and now it’s time to get serious! I started my formal training plan at the beginning of the year, but now its crunch time! So far, it seems to be going really well – running 3 – 4 times a week, with a longer run most Sundays! I’ve forcefully become acclimatised to arctic temperatures to run in – all included in the fun of being Read more…

Running for WaterAid

I realised it would probably be helpful to share some of the background to why I am running the Marathon, who I will be running for and why. Why am I doing this ? I had the opportunity to go to Rwanda in 2005 and I have very clear memories from that trip of seeing people walking huge distances, carrying heavy water containers – on a daily basis.  Everyone appeared to have to go through Read more…

Marathon Training plan choices?

I know there is a long way to go before April, but I figured I would start looking at choices for Training plans….and I’m glad I looked now. There are so many choices!  In fact, it’s quite bewildering how many variations there are.  Some focus on time-based runs, some on mileage, while others different again. So far for other training , I have been using the plan feature of the Asics website and I quite Read more…

Ballot results are in!

This week the ballot results for entry into the Virgin London Marathon 2016 are being sent out. I have seen a lot of posts on Facebook from friends receiving the pack through the post, containing the magazine indicating whether the ballot entry was successful or not.   Well, yesterday, Royal Mail visited my letterbox and popped my pack through.   It too was a Sorry! version of the magazine – no ballot result for me. Read more…