Michael Evans has cycled John O’Groats to Land's End and has completed Triathlons to help beat blood cancers. This year Michael set himself the mission of completing 3 challenges to raise funds - 2013 Triple Challenge.
Michael chose to fundraise for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after sadly losing his mother after a two year battle with leukaemia in 2009. He successfully started 2013 Triple Challenge running the Greater Manchester Marathon in April, and recently completed his second challenge of the year, taking part in the Outlaw Half Ironman at the start of June.
Michael will complete his third and final challenge of the year with a Coast to Coast in September. He has so far raised over £800 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research through his these 3 challenges on his fundraising page.
Michael is regularly writing blogs about his 2013 Triple Challenge, and we wanted to share his latest blog with you, written after the Outlaw Half Ironman.
Challenge 2 Completed
Well that was tough, but very enjoyable at the same time (if thats possible).
Travelling down to Nottingham for the registration on Saturday gave us the exposure of the lake and then a quick ride around the bike course left me feeling confident that I could do this but still some nerves started to take hold.
Sunday was an early start 04:00 to start getting fuel into me and make our way to the start line ready for the off at 06:30.
Into the water (14 Deg) made me realise that the sea on holiday was a world away and the temperature difference was hard to get used to. The siren sounded and I tried to get composed and into a routine but something wasnt right. I hade a pain down the back of my next and could only think about doing breakstroke, the water seemed too cold to put my face into and the pain didnt help. After doing about 1/4 of the lap I decided the only way to get this done was to just get on with it so off I went. The cold soon faded and I started to make up some time. The swim was done in 43 mins, slower than I wanted but it was done.
The bike was amazing from start to finish, head down into aero position with the sun shining and making up good time on many people. Total bike time 3 hr 08 mins.
The run felt strange to start with but the crowds kept me going. It was har and the energy levels started to fade but with 10 feed stations in 13.1 miles I had plenty of choice to try and recover. First lap done and then it was just one to go. I tried my best to keep the speed going but my legs started to say NO. Finally finsihed the run in just over 2 hours so not too bad.
I set a time of under 7 hours to be happy so to finish in 6hr 11 mins felt great and I felt I could have perhaps pushed a bit harder but maybe next year.....!
So one challenge left to go in September. I have a few other events in between to help keep me going over the summer but now looking forward to the ride with my sister. It should be easier that the first two challenges but you never know what a bike ride can throw at you :-)
You can read Michael's other blogs and keep up to date on his fundraising on his website.