I now have 6 months to get into shape for the 1.6k open water swim, followed by 40k cycle and 10k run.
I have joined the local borough leisure centre service "Newham Active" and for the first time in decades, I have been swimming and in the gym.
For £36 per month you get unlimited access to the 3 Newham swimming baths and gyms. I still have Wanstead flats to go running and can use Ken Bikes into work and back.
I do however need to buy a bike (problem if you live a flat) and a wetsuit.
I have also in the boot of my car and on my hall landing, 12 boxes of West Ham ward Labour leaflets to help distribute. Join the Labour Party and you can get fit for free delivering lots of leaflets!
I will be seeking sponsorship on behalf of the charity "Alone in London". Who are a youth homelessness charity that has been supporting young people since 1972. It provides a range of services to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and last year engaged with over 2000 people including those in Newham.
I supported them when I ran (very slowly and very painfully) the London Marathon in 2012.
If you want to sponsor me you can at this Just Giving web page online or by mobile phone text. I will also have a traditional hard copy sponsor form.
So far fellow Newham Labour Councillor Terry Paul is also taking part in the Triathlon but we are busy trying to "persuade" various other folk to also take the plunge.
I will post every now and then on my progress.