11th July this year I’ll be starting the I Am The One In 10 challenge which consists of myself taking on 10 half Ironman races in 10 days. The challenge covers 19k of swimming, 900k of cycling and 211k of running.
Now like everything I do I use my races to help raise funds for whatever challenge the Marathon Man to Ironman team is affiliated with and this year I’ll be raising funds for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI).
This is a charity that is close to my heart as my best friend Anthony has a daughter (Hannah) that was born with both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus . She has been through so much in her first few years and has smiled through it all. This is the second year that the Marathon Man to Ironman team has been partnered with SBHI and through the charity I’ve got to meet some great people and their families. With that in mind I’m delighted that any funds I raise can go into helping people I know and people that I will hopefully get to know.
Anyway, back to the I Am The One In 10 Challenge. This challenge is completely self sufficient. This is costing SBHI nothing so every single Euro that is raised goes directly to our charity. The challenge is open to everyone. There is no entry fee just a donation of whatever you can spare to our selected charity SBHI. There is no need for a race day licence either. Think of this as a slow paced training day where we can have a bit of crack and raise a few quid for SBHI.
As I said the challenge is open to everyone. This also means that you don’t have to complete a whole half Ironman. If you want to join us for a swim, cycle or run that is perfectly ok. I’ll be happy of the company. If you plan on taking on a full half Ironman we can transfer your wet gear from the swim to the run. Bike nutrition is your own responsibility, but we will have you covered on the run with hydration and nutrition. There will be medals for every finisher too. We can’t send you home without a bit of bling.
The following is a brief description of the 10 days in July
DAY 1 – The madness begins 11th July at 6:30 in the morning on Bray Seafront with a 1.9k swim. I’ll be wearing a wetsuit for every swim just to help me save a bit of energy but you are more than welcome to swim skins. After the swim we dry off and set off on our bikes for 90k to Blessington, onwards towards Hollywood, then over to Kildare before turning back to Corkagh Park for the half marathon.
DAY 2 – We jump into the water at Seapoint Dun Laoghaire for our 1.9k swim. From there we cycle towards Blessington, across to Naas, back through Lucan and then back to Corkagh Park for the half marathon.
DAY 3 AND 4 – These two days follow the old Ironman Dublin routes. The maps are online if you google them but we will be doing a 5k looped run in the Phoenix Park. It’s also another half 6 swim start, this time at the 40 Foot.
DAY 5 – Day 5 starts at half 6 in my favourite place to swim Killiney. From there we cycle to Hollywood through Blessington, across towards Kildare then back towards Corkagh Park for another half marathon.
DAY 6 – Day 6 starts in Killiney again because I love Killiney and there is no other reason. We cycle from there up to Naas, onto Maynooth then back to Corkagh Park for the half marathon.
DAY 7 – Day 7 sees us back out in Bray for our swim. We the cycle up to Ballymore Eustace and back to Corkagh Park for the half marathon.
DAY 8 – Day 8 starts at half 6 the same as DAY 5 in my favourite place to swim Killiney. From there we cycle to Hollywood through Blessington, across towards Kildare then back towards Corkagh Park for another half marathon.
DAY 9 – Day 9 starts the same as Day 6 in Killiney again, We cycle from there up to Naas, onto Maynooth then back to Corkagh Park for the half marathon. On this day though we are planning a little meet up with the SBHI Kildare Branch midway throughout the cycle so if you join us it would be a great chance for you to see where your money is going.
DAY 10 – Day 10 see the swim start in Seapoint. We cycle up towards Hollywood, across to Naas, through Maynooth and then back to Corkagh Park for the last half marathon.
So that’s it. I probably shouldn’t have typed it all out. It seems a lot more than I was thinking. Joking aside I’d really appreciate the company if you can get out either to join me or support me. There will be times where I am going to be completely down so if you can join me and take my mind of the pain that would be great.
The pace is going to be slow. I have 10 days of this so if I go full beans on the first few days I’ll be found in a ditch asleep come day 8. In fairness there is a chance that could happen anyway.
DAY 11 – Just a little day out to celebrate my survival of this challenge. We are hoping to get down to Brady’s Pub in Terenure but nothing is set in stone.
So I think that’s just about everything covered. If you are free on DAY 10 drop down to Corkagh Park with the kids. We’ll have goodie bags and music and you’ll get to watch me run myself into the ground as I try to finish the challenge.