One girl. A 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run (a marathon between you and me). 17 hours to get it all done. What could possibly go wrong?
On Sunday July 16th, I'll be facing my biggest ever challenge and will be standing at the start line of Ironman UK, wearing nothing but a wetsuit and a (nervous) smile. The lakes and roads of Lancashire will await....
I'll have battled through 30 weeks of 6-day a week training (twice a day 5 of the 6 days), completed a Christmas and Birthday morning training run, had countless cold dark winter mornings to be at the pool at 6:30am, managed a hamstring injury and resulting sports massages that have made my language during them turn the air blue, learned to ride a bike with clip in pedals, fallen off said bike, logged hundreds of training hours on Strava, managed my full-time job, consumed unspeakable amounts of carbs and chicken, stopped for a toilet break in too many fields and cried tears of pride and pain all at the same time. It'll all be worth it because it'll be the greatest day ever!!
And why?? Because I clearly love a challenge. But also because I want to raise money for The Harbour. A small charity based in the centre of Bristol, The Harbour offers professional counselling and psychotherapy, free of charge, to anyone facing loss, grief and isolation as a result of life-threatening illness. Last year they provided 100,000 minutes of free counselling to people in Bristol facing loss, grief and isolation as a result of illness. Demand for their service has doubled since then.
I'm sure you'll agree that this is a very worthwhile cause - they can only to continue their FREE service with the help of fundraising, so please give as generously as you can. There is more information on their website: http://www.the-harbour.org.uk/
And if you want to watch a 2:30 cheesy, motivational video about what I'm doing, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjxxYoL7nSU
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