I am Martin Nicholas a 33 year old local lad from Tavernspite. I have had a hard sporting back ground of rugby, rugby and more rugby playing for Whitland up until last Christmas where through a hip injury from years of scrummaging as a loose head prop, i was advised to give it up and since then i haven’t looked back!
I have climbed Kilimanjaro for the Help for Heroes charity, i climbed in the alps last September summiting Gran Paradiso the highest mountain in Italy and also a summit attempt on Mont Blanc which we had to turn back 500M from the summit due to poor conditions – devastating but at 100KM winds totally the right decision! On returning on Saturday 13th Sept’14 from Chamonix, i was already thinking what was next?
I awoke the next morning to watch and support my good friend Dafydd Lewis take part in his second Ironman in Tenby. My feet bandaged from a bad pair of boots and my body sore and aching from a weeks climbing, my wife, two children and i arrived in Tenby and i could instantly feel the atmosphere of the crowd as the cyclists were flying through the town and the roars of support gave me goose bumps. Could i do something like this? No i am a bloody prop, or could i? As we spoke as a family as we watched, i said ’i might do this next year’ where my son shot me straight down ‘ you couldn’t do this dad, no way’ charming i thought! All that night, as i watched those very soon to be Ironmen and women run over that finish line and hear there names being called over the microphone – i could do that, i want to do that!
The next morning i woke early inspired by yesterdays amazing events, i am going to swim this morning i thought – ‘can i be an ironman’, it was still in my head? That Monday evening, when i saw on the internet that Ironman Wales 2015 application was now open, i booked it and told no one. I needed to see first if it is achievable, can a man of my size, no experience, my work load, wife (and she is a demanding wife), two kids, rugby coach for Whitland under 11’s, a new job in Cardiff there were so many factors to consider so i didn’t tell a dicky bird until i was ready and i believed that it was feasible for me to achieve this goal.
I needed help to get this going, i couldn’t really ask any of friends as living in Whitland news seems to travel fast and the wife wouldn’t be pleased. So i managed to stumble across Tom Walker, my saviour! After explaining the situation to him, he agreed to help and the journey started. I am now about 3 1/2 months into working on my swimming, cycling and running, concentrating on technique and building up my core strength and base fitness level as i follow his training programmes and nutrition guidance, and we slowly increase the training. And if i am honest i feel great for it! Once we got to Xmas my training was going well i was managing to balance life with training, it was time to let everyone know and i spoke to my friends and family informing them that i had signed up and that my son will soon eat his words when i get over that finish line.
I’ve signed up for a few events over the year which i will keep you all updated twice a month. To start a duathlon in March and then the Llanelli half marathon and 20 miler leading onto the London Marathon the end of April (This is for a local mental health charity which i will provide more details on shortly). In May and June, i plan to enter the Fishguard and Broad Haven triathlons and as we get closer to the main event the long course weekend and the Ocean Lava Wales Triathlon and then in 33 weeks time (not that i am counting) Ironman Wales 2015!