So, I might have said the Ironman would be my last big challenge!
I tried, I really did, but being sensible just isn’t my thing. I know with the right preparation I can push this now middle aged body to do great things.
I looked around at new challenges and even set out to do a double or even a triple full distance triathlon in 2017. Then I was inspired by one man on the other side of the world. I have never spoken to or met James Lawrence but he is a true legend. James completed 50 Iron distance triathlon in 50 days, across 50 states. For those of you who don’t know an Iron distance triathlon is 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle then a marathon.
Now, I’m not about to try and top that, after all I’m a 40 year old electrician but I am going to attempt my biggest challenge to date. In the 2017 triathlon season I will complete 52 middle distance (half iron) triathlon. In order for this to fit in with my work and other commitments I have to complete these triathlons on every Saturday and Sunday from April to September, that’s 26 weekends, 52 triathlons and 3655.6 miles.
Anyone who has followed my adventures in the past will know I normally do my events to help out and raise funds for individuals with learning difficulties. I still volunteer with one of those charities but this time I am supporting a charity which is much closer to home. My wife Pippa has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility and my daughter is already showing signs of being hypermobile at five.
My girls are my world and they are always there to support me, I’m sure many of you have seen the photos of Isabella running across finish lines with me in the past. Pippa is always there to cheer me on and is my biggest supporter. We joke that the day after an event she is always in more pain than me because of her condition.
I have teamed up with ‘The Hypermobility Syndrome Association (HMSA)’ to help, not only raise funds but more importantly raise awareness for what is considered an invisible condition. HMSA do amazing work and research to help and support people with the condition. They also provide education to schools, sporting establishments and medical professions including consultants and GP’s. I will be posting up information about the conditions they cover on the lead up and during the events so you too can understand these conditions more.
Please take the time to check out the new website to get more information. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and You tube). The links to all of these can be found at www.ironcause.co.uk