Dean’s Blog

So London is done and dusted and all though the blisters, aches and pains it still remains full steam ahead!

With the Edinburgh marathon just a around the corner the attention shifted to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Bike ride. It was the 40 mile route the guys and I were doing.  I was really looking forward to the event and meeting all the people from the charity.

The Challenge started well as we cycled through Glasgow and through the hospital grounds. The Clyde tunnel was definitely an experience. It starts with a very steep down hill (on the flying machines that we were given by Willie at QBikes Paisley) it was a real white knuckle ride!  However then the uphill came and it was a challenging wee incline that’s for sure.IMG_8143

Around 4 miles in I was just starting to feel warmed up and enjoying the cycle and that’s when disaster struck!  Both clets (the wee things that attach my shoes to the pedals) snapped with one actually sticking inside the pedal.  It meant it was the end of the cycle for me. The boys continued on and done amazingly well. For me this was the first time I’ve had to pull out of a challenge and it was a bitter pill for me to swallow to say the least.

As we move onto the Edinburgh marathon it’s full on with the training. This week we are training every day. It’s real hard graft now.  When you tell people that you’re training five days (or in this week it’s all 7 days) I don’t think we can express just how hard it is on all of us. Each of us are carrying niggles and little injuries from London, but we don’t get the time off. Right now it’s all about getting our bodies used to being pushed to its limits day after day to prepare for what’s ahead.



This week we got out in the water for the first time with Michael from the Clydesdale Rowing Club. Have to admit I personally loved it. I’ve been having nightmares about rowing machines and now starting to really hate them. So although getting out on the water was incredibly tough, it was completely different to what I expected but thoroughly enjoyable.  Let’s hope that remains the case after a few hours in the water!!





So looking at the training for this week, it ends with a three hour and fifty minute run on the Saturday and the same for the cycling on the Sunday.  To be honest I look at it and think how am I going to drag my myself round this, how am I going to be able to do that this weekend! Then it hits me that even as tough as that might be, its nothing to what’s coming at the end of August.

Then the bottle really starts to crash! The best way I like to describe this challenge is simply this…. It’s heavy techno!


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Thanks and much love,

Dean X

The Misadventures of Dean “Roadmap” Reilly

So it’s almost here, our very first training event! The London Marathon!  If we wanted a memorable start, then I don’t think we could have picked any better.

With just over a week to go the nerves start to kick in, with an even mixture of excitement and worry.  Will I get threw this? Will I get hurt? How will I recover from this one? These are just a few of the thoughts flying around my mind right now.

In the run up to this event we got our fantastic Italian road bikes from Willie at QBikes.  The bikes are incredible! Willie even took me and the lads out for a bit of bike training which was a great learning curve for us all.



Now I’m going to get this out there before the boys do… Willie asked us to ‘ride around the block and return, test the bikes out guys’ was his shout! So I go last and I honestly don’t have any defence for this but I got lost.


Now you’d think getting a wee bit lost cycling around the block would be bad enough but no, the lads actually had to embark on a search and rescue mission to find me as I was cycling around this industrial park with not a clue what way to go.

Derek has now Christened me ‘Roadmap Reilly’, however Barry is sticking to his initial reaction which was ‘Dean’o I literally have no words!’ I can’t decide which is worse to be honest. It really was a bad day at the office for me, and worst yet it’s not going away for a while.

With regards to the training we are now starting to hit 3 hour sessions at times.  I can honestly say it’s almost as draining mentally as it is physically.  I actually have scars on the tops of my thighs from being on the rowing machine so long, currently it’s 21k on the rower.

There are a few things that are just not a laughing matter presently.  Top of the list is chafing! It’s nobody’s friend!

IT bands! I didn’t know what they were, or that I even had them, but I now know what they are and it seems that I have really annoyed them too!

I was recently introduced to a foam roller, I must say I’m not a fan of them.  However I do appreciate the benefits they bring to the table, I am just not a lover of the discomfort they cause me just now.


We are all feeling the aches and pains from training, personally I have been getting acupuncture for the last two weeks and can feel a huge difference.

I have also been using the oxygen therapy at the MS Therapy in Leith. Again this always helps with recovering not just from training but also with the pains I get from my MS.


With a week to go until London and it’s all about keeping calm and staying injury free and getting the last few training sessions in. This will be my second time doing the London Marathon but this time I am far more excited than last year as I know how fantastic a day it really is.

The people that line the streets to cheer and support all the runners, the iconic buildings and places we run past is just incredible. Personally I can’t wait!

So folks that’s a little snapshot into how things are for me just now.  I could go on all night and complain about how many washings I’m having to put on a day now to keep up cleaning my training kits and also the price of washing tablets these days but I’ll leave that to my househusband blog 🙂


Thanks so much to the people that have already donated and to everyone that’s already shared/liked the page and the posts. The support drives and motives us everyday and means the world to us all.

So please, please, please keep it up!

Much love Dean “Roadmap” Reilly X

Dean’s Blog

Hi folks

it’s Dean here, today I am going to share with you a little insight into what life is like in my world.  I’ll talk about the challenge, the training and how MS and life in general is impacting things today.

So how do you prepare your body for over 3 marathons on consecutive days, followed by almost a marathon on water then finish off with cycling over 180 miles?

Now don’t let the artwork kid you, I am a big unit and let’s not forget I’ve also got MS. To say I am scared of this challenge would be a massive understatement.

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