Testing his metal
Ironman Austria was a rollercoaster of an event. On 28 June, the cannon fired at 7am as thousands charged into the turquoise waters of Lake Wörthersee for a swim more beautiful than I had ever imagined. That was followed by a fast bike course. The 'Tour de France' atmosphere helped to distract my mind from the pain of some horrendous climbs until the descents provided respite.
It was a really tough marathon. Picture me hobbling along with saddle soreness, blisters and stomach cramps until I finally got to the finish, and a man with a mic came running over shouting "Andrew, you are an ironman!" I'll never forget those words as I crossed the line after the hardest and most amazing 12 hours of my life; a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported me. The money raised means so much to the people of Kiwoko and makes such a difference to the lives of many. At £500, I'm currently at 25% of my £2,000 fundraising target. So if you can spare a few coins for Adara it would be greatly appreciated.
You can donate via www.justgiving.com/Marathon-Man-to-Ironman