I began a journey 290 days ago towards fulfilling a longterm ambition of mine — to complete an Ironman Triathlon. In 10 days time, I will have accomplished that goal. I have worked hard to get to this point. And have much work left to do.
I will face some dark moments on the 19th of August – moments where I will feel like stopping. Feel like I cannot go on. Feel like I haven’t got the will to continue. Like I want to give up. I will need to dig deep to ensure I do not give into these temptations. To ensure I continue. I will find strength in knowing that there is a finish line — and it’s only hours or minute away. That while the pain might be intense, it is only temporary. And quitting, well, quitting will be with me forever in my heart.
In conjunction with my journey to an ironman, I also set out to raise funds towards the fight against cancer. I did so to ensure the effort wasn’t completely self-serving. As well as for very personal reasons — I lost my father to cancer 16 years ago. And my nephew, despite only being 12 years old, is already a survivor. I’m sure we can all relate, with our own stories of friends and family who have been touched by the disease. And unlike me on race day… those that are fighting cancer are doing so without the knowledge that there is a definitive “finish line”. For them, the pain has no defined end point. And for them, quitting is truly for ever.
My journey towards an ironman has been documented here on my blog site — if you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt enjoyed at least one of my posts (well… read one – enjoying them is a matter of taste!). More importantly, if you are able and willing to support my chosen cause, feel free to do so by donating using the links below.
Thanks in advance for any and all support you are able to give. It is truly appreciated.