Event: Ironman Challenge, Nice, France
Details: 2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run
Super-fit Bpositive supporter Chris Absolom is challenging himself with the task of the Ironman challenge in Nice, France on Sunday June 23rd 2013. Chris is raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research - a charity that is close to both Chris and his wife Angela's hearts.
Two years ago Chris and Angela's life was turned upside down after Angela was told she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). The news naturally came as a huge shock, especially as Angela was such a fitness fanatic, having competed in sprint and Olympic triathlons, at the age of 54, no less.
Angela, who began her treatment at Musgrove Ward hospital in Taunton, spent an initial 13 weeks of her chemotherapy in and out of isolation. Her treatment was aggressive and as a consequence Angela suffered many set backs. However, Angela is now in the midst of her maintenance programme of her treatment after achieving remission.
Chris explains "Angela has supported me over the years whilst I competed as a Road Racing Cyclist and more recent Triathlete competing at all distances up to and including Ironman. We both feel it is time we gave something back to help find treatments which will help find a cure for Leukaemia. These trials are crucial and this is why we have chosen Leukaemia & Lymphoma as our chosen charity."
Both Chris and Angela are active and passionate supporters of Bpositive and have travelled over the UK to take part in patient meetings.
If you wish to support Chris with his challenge then you can do so by visiting his JustGiving page here.
What did I do?
A hike along the River Lee followed by a run with hill sprints.
What was it like?
I was on the trail by 6.30 this morning and by 11.00 had covered over 12 miles on foot. Accompanied by my mum I walked along the River Lee towpath, a place I used to run on summer mornings when mist still hung over the water, and which can get very congested with people - particularly on bikes. Thanks to an early start we had the route to ourselves.
Although the terrain was flat it was good for getting used to walking a significant distance in one go. My boots are well worn-in so I didn’t have to worry about blisters but the heat made me think about how much water I might need to carry for the challenge if it happens to be a hot day. Safe water sources may be few and far between in the mountains.
To make up for the lack of incline on the walk I decided to head out for a run and hill sprint session afterwards. It helped that I’ve had one of those days where I can’t sit still. I don’t like hill sprints (does anyone enjoy it when their lungs burn?) and it was super hot, which made it super tough. I warmed up with a 2.5k run and then took on two hills. The first was out in the sunshine with an uneven surface and the second in the shade on a tarmac surface - only slightly easier!
How do I feel now?
Tired but motivated, and in need of a good dinner.
Home for the weekend: The Cheshire Cheese Inn, Hope
It's Friday, it's approaching 7pm and I'm turning my back on London and heading to the Peak District for a weekend of walking - whatever the weather.
The goal is to start getting some miles under my belt before I tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks for Bpositive this summer but first I've got to get there.
With over 180 miles of road to cover it might be a bit of a slog but once I reach Hope Valley, my base for the next two days, I look forward to a well-deserved drink and a good night's sleep - both essential preparation.
So what's the plan? Saturday - tackle the first chunk of the Pennine Way. Sunday - take lead from my walking buddy Ingrid.
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