When I finished running (or more accurately shuffling) the Paris marathon earlier this year, a lot of people told me to hang up my marathon running shoes and water belt.
“Marathons are crazy” they chorused. “Havent you learnt anything from the shin splints and back injuries??” “Surely not even you are stupid enough to attempt another one Dave?” they added.
Well…..All those people will be very pleased to hear I have indeed heeded their advice. No more marathons for me. No way. Not ever*
Instead, I have signed up for the Challenge Melbourne Half Ironman to held on 2nd Feb next year.
For the uninitiated, a half ironman is a triathlon event where the aim is to complete (or in my case, survive) a race comprising 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.1.km run.
Now 113km is a pretty long way to splash, pedal and plod in anyone’s language - so I figured I would make the most of my attempt and use the occasion to once again raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation - and honour four close family members who battled so bravely with cancer in recent years. So here's to you - Dad, Col, Bella and Lolly! (If you're up there watching guys...maybe try see if you can arrange for some calm seas, still winds and perfect running temps??)
Details of the ACRF and their amazing and inspiring work are set out on this page.
If you are able to make a donation to support the ACRF - using the link below - any contributions would be greatly appreciated and will really make my silly decision to do this far more worthwhile.
Of course, if you happen to be in Melbourne on the 2nd February 2014, feel free to come on down to Brighton to watch the day’s antics (details are available at www.challenge-melbourne.com.au). I should be on the course for a good 6 hours or so - so you’ll have plenty of time to try spot me amongst the 2000 or so other crazy people.
Now if you excuse me….I’ve got some serious training to do
- "Not ever" is a pretty long time. Perhaps let’s just say its “not for the moment” and review things on the 3rd Feb?