Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. After doing my first Supersprint triathlon in 2011 for Challengers and my first Olympic distance in 2012...and then a 14km swim in the Thames in 2015 (which was HARD!) I wanted to do another "challenge" for them, so am attempting a half iron distance triathlon in the Cotswolds on Sunday 13th August 2017 (more info here http://www.113events.com/cotswold-classic/). For those who don't know it's a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike finished with a half marathon. I have tried one before - but unfortunately got two slipped discs in my back while training for it and had to pull out on the bike leg - but I WILL make it this time!!!!!
I have a few problems with the tendons in my feet/legs, particularly after falling and facturing my ankle and snapping some tendons in 2010 (thanks to my hypermobility syndrome!) which didn't mend properly so I am hoping they will last to at least get me through walking the half marathon after doing the swim and bike! I'm not training for the full half marathon as I don't think my ankles would take it - I'm training to be able to run/walk 5km off the bike - so the rest will all be in the mind to get me across the finish line, probably walking most of it!
EDIT: To make things just that little bit more of a challenge I was hit by a drunk driver while cycling (in a cycle lane!) in Majorca in February. I've been in and out of hospital for tests and treatment ever since and am currently waiting to have a scan on my legs to work out why they're not repairing as they should.... so I'm limited as to the training I can do but I'm doing as much as I can (without ruining my chances of recovering from the crash fully) so I can CROSS THAT FINISH LINE. Excuse my French but nothing is bloody well stopping me getting across that line!
Why am I doing it? Because Challengers are an amazing charity and provide a vital support for children and young adults with disabilities, as well as their families. And every penny we can raise will make a difference. I've spent time with the children and young adults, and their families that use the centres and they get such a HUGE amount of help from them...you couldn't even begin to imagine what a difference Challengers make to some of them, they're an absolute lifeline so I REALLY want to help them to help more families.
If you would have a few pennies to spare that would be HUGELY appreciated.
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