I'm going to swim 2.4 miles, ride 112 miles then simply jog the remaining marathon over the course of a gruelling day in Wales.
I have completed an Ironman before but I only just scraped inside the time limit, and that was flat seas and a flat run. God only knows how I'll get around the hills of Wales. I've tried to pull out but they won't let me, I'm due knee surgery, my feet hurt and frankly I'd rather be anywhere but on a bike saddle right now! This could get messy.
Alongside me for approximately 3 minutes before he disappears into the distance will be my usual partner in stupidity. Richard Etherington Smith, and to add to the fun Paul Cragg is also joining us for his first Ironman.
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I'm doing this in memory of Andy Burks who left this world far too early. He won't ever know that he had such an influence on me. My first real boss and a great guy, although he wasn't very good at Foosball. If you're looking in Andy, I owe you a rematch.
Unrelated to Andy, I've chosen cancer support as too many people that I know have been impacted by the dreadful disease and Macmillan make a difference. I'm fortunate enough to be able to make the decision to suffer for a day in Wales. Some people are far less fortunate.
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