1.2mi / 2km swim
56mi / 90km bike
13.1mi / 21km run
My dad Alan has survived late-stage Thyroid Cancer since 2007, though has been back in hospital in 2015 for a total laryngectomy. My mum Pat was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2013. My father-in-law Willie was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014. My cousin Ellie has survived Myeloma since 2014. We are an average family, luckier than many.
The Ironman 70.3 will be the hardest endurance event that I have ever attempted. In summer 2013, 210 lb (15 stone) overweight from too many Mission Burritos and long hours working at startups in San Francisco, I decided to make some changes. Over the last two years, first through cycling, then swimming, then more recently running, I'm 30lb lighter and fitter than I have ever been.
In the last two years, I've swum from Alcatraz, ridden Levi's Granfondo three times, ridden the 5 peaks of the Californian Alps Death Ride. I've competed in several Olympic-distance triathlons too. Each of these events pushed me further than had seemed possible months before. A half-Ironman is something else; something altogether scarier! It is the most extreme endurance event that I can realistically undertake at 37, with dodgy knees! I want to take it on for myself, and to raise money for this wonderful charity.