On Sunday morning at 5am I will be boarding a bus in Dublin City centre with my wetsuit on, heading the short trip out to Dun Laoghaire to start the swim, the first part of my first ever half Ironman event.  The Half Ironman is a great challenge and comprises a 1.2mile swim, 56mile bike then a half marathon.  It should prove to be an incredible experience with 2800 other hardy souls joining me on what is Irelands very first IRONMAN organised event.

I've been reflecting a lot over the last few days about many things asking and reminding myself why I am doing this and why I have undertook 6 endurance challenges in the last 20 weeks.  As I reflect the same answers keep coming back from both my subconscious and conscious mind that proves I am doing it for the right reasons.  To keep you abreast, I have set out seven of my motivations below;

  • To prove to myself that I can do the challenges
  • To prove to myself that despite a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, I can still challenge my body and my mind
  • To inspire those around me to challenge themselves and get our of their comfort zones by exercising more and eating better food
  • To encourage a good healthy atmosphere in my home with exercise and proper nutrition
  • To inspire the MS family across the world
  • To raise funds for the MS SOCIETY so they can put it to great use helping the MS family and also research ways to solve the condition
  • To inspire anyone with an illness or a challenge  in their own lives, and demonstrate that with the right attitude you too can overcome adversity

All of the above keep flashing through my mind that ultimately drives me on with my goals.  Let me share a quick story.  Challenge number two for me was in May  - the Derry marathon.  Iv'e blogged about it on here before but I called it the marathon of four seasons as the weather was all over the place on the day.  One memory that stands out was in the last mile of the race we were running up what must be one of the steepest streets in Ireland.  It seemed at the time to go on for ever just after Free Derry corner as you enter the City Centre.  It was a real struggle as the elements came crashing down and the further up the hill we got, the crowd narrowed shouting all of us marathoners on and encouraging us to dig in and keep going.... a mighty experience.  As i approached the top of the hill, I seen one young girls standing with a cardboard sign with the words encrypted "theres wiser eating grass".  At that point i would have been in a fair amount of pain, but the humour in the expression taking in the atmosphere at that particular point in the race brought a smile to my face that stayed with me to the finish line.  Why am I telling you this? My point is - when you are running through hell or faced with adversity in your own life, humour can very often be a great healer.  Sometimes you have to take a stand back, reflect and be thankful for where you are, what you have achieved and remember who helped you along the journey.  Throw in some humour and things might become just ok and might even improve.  Try it, you have nothing to lose.

So as I sit here tonight, Im excited about Sunday and looking forward to the event. I am also going to try and enjoy the whole experience and If my injury rears its ugly head I will stop and make sure I have enough time to recover for the 26Th September in Majorca - my goal IRONMAN.   

To date I have received some great support from a lot of people which I am very thankful.  If any of you reading this think my challenges are deserving of your support, please visit my fund raising page here ::

Every little bit counts.

I will leave with a comment from a Mr Walter D. Wintle

.                              ....... life's battles don't always go to

                                the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later

                                the man who wins is the man who thinks he can!

I think I can ya know...



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