11:43AM, Thursday 26 July 2012
An athlete has described the challenge of juggling his training, work and family life as he prepares to take part in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
Simon Bowler, of Cannon Court Road in Furze Platt, qualified for the competition two weeks ago at the European Championships in Frankfurt.
Now, the 46-year-old is beginning his final preparations for the grueling event, which involves a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a marathon-length run.
The fitness enthusiast will put in up to 20 hours of training a week, but must also balance his day between running his sports massage service, spending time with his wife and two children and walking the dog.
Simon, who is also a self-employed window cleaner, said: "I don't have time to sit down very much.
"I have to accept that my family do sacrifice quite a lot and I try and make as much time for them as possible.
The family will be jetting off to Hawaii for two weeks in October when Simon competes in the event, which he is mostly funding through his own money.
He said: "I've been racking up the credit card bills but it will all be worth it in the end."
If you are interested in sponsoring Simon email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07768 458962.
See pictures of Simon in training in the slideshow above.
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