I'm John. John Williams.
I've created this blog with the intention of updating frequently with my misdemeanors, adventures, future plans, current ideas and anything that I may feel necesary to share with...(checking who/how many are following me)...myself by the looks of it. Early days.
I suppose I should tell you some things about me.
As you have already read, I'm John Williams. The 'B' in 'jbwilliamz' (word up) stands for Benjamin. Which I honestly only learnt to spell about 8yrs ago. I'm 26. It's been Banjamain, Ban-jamin, Benjimin and Banjemine. Imagine the look of the driving instructors face when I had to re-spell my own name. Speaking of spelling mistakes, I remember when I went on work experience to a local Architects firm when I was 14 and spelt a local town of Betws (5 letters like…) wrong because I was so nervous. Bettws. Christ. Then I went on to explain to the co-owner (who had an English accent) that's how you spell Betws in Welsh. He then picked the phone up and had a full blow conversation…that's right…in Welsh whilst scribbling out my mistake.
So, I'm originally from a rugby background. I once refused to turn up to a single training session for 4yrs for my local team, Ammanford, then got made captain for a season for the 2nds. ?. My rugby achievements include, scoring a hattrick of tries and a total of 29pts in one game (although the opposite outside half was 40+ and talked to himself whilst trying to kick a rugby ball with his shin), I have a Welsh Schools Champions Medal when I was 14, I have played social 7's for The Aber BaaBaas where we won the newly dubbed 'Super Bowl' in a national tournament where we played a team called Hogwarts. We won by 10+ tries before the game being stopped early, we also got some abuse for entering a tournament where we were clearly a step up from the opposition…bless 'em. And I lost a couple of games for Ammanford 2nd's too, which, strangely didn’t bother me?! Wuuups.
Now, in all honesty I turned to triathlon when I saw Marc Jenkins in the Olympics puncture his tyre. Most people would have given up, no medal = no point finishing. But to carry his bike for 2km then finish the race in last position sums up the mentality of a triathlete perfectly. Something that I clearly was lacking. 4yrs without a single training session in rugby!?
Marc Jenkins - Olympic Hero
Anyway, back to me.
I got into triathlon around 4yrs ago. My first race was the Bala Olympic Triathlon (1.5km swim / 40km cycle / 10km run) in 2005 where I finished…just before the one in 2006. Position wise, I placed 290th from 490 with a time of 2:42:19. (28:45 for the swim / 1:16:35 for the cycle / 55:58 for the run). During this tri, there were many firsts:
- My first ever open water swim (2nd time in the suit - first time was wearing it in the shop, very very sexy if I must add)
- My first ever 40km cycle
- My first ever 10km run after my first ever 40km cycle
- The first time I stepped on a banana barefoot (sorry to the dude next to me…glad I didn't see you after the race)
Since then, I have entered and completed a total of 12 triathlons, duathlons and a sportif. Completing all I have entered - taken on Marc Jenkins attitude. Although he was in the Olympics and I was in Cosmeston, Llanelli and Llandovery.
I'll add more about myself at a later date…for now, I'm cooked!!