As a keen cyclist I am used to the rigours of long endurance events but nothing could prepare me for the pain of training for this Ironman. 2 Years ago after running a 10k for fun with work colleagues my thoughts turned to a bigger challenge and the Ironman seemed like the perfect event. From that point on I have been learning to swim efficiently with the help of a past Team GB swimmer and working on running distances up to half marathon. I completed my first mile swim last year and this years goal is to complete the Leicester full marathon. Along the way I have recently completed my first ever triathlon - the East Leake sprint tri and have entered an Olympic distance triathlon on 1st June this year at Bosworth Water Park. Its taking a long time for the body to adapt to the new strains and pressures of all the various training needed and injury is only a small mistake away.
My friends say im mad to even contemplate it and have been surprised by how structured my planning has been for the last two years as I build up to the final goal of completing the ironman distance in a competitive time.
Act for SMA for me isn't like other charities. Our families are good friends and we were blessed to be able to visit Ally in hospital during her final days. I can still picture her smiling and looking so happy - not a care in the world - at the same time the families hearts were breaking.
Donating to the charity will raise much needed funds to help support families and the children with much needed specialist and expensive equipment. Please check out the website for more details and to read Ally's story.
Please do what you can to support us and see you at the finish line on 19th July 2015.