Becoming an Ironman

Melbourne Ironman
Well, after months and months of preparation, over 220 training sessions, 260 hours and more than 4,000kms worth of swimming, riding and running, I have finally completed my first Ironman.

All of that preparation went into getting ready for one big day at Ironman Melbourne 2013, with a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run.

The day didn’t start off in the best of circumstances with high winds, choppy seas and strong currents  to the swim being cut short.  Rather than the 3.8km swim that we had all been preparing for, the event organisers decided to reduce the swim distance to 1.5km. Although disappointed, I realize they had to look after the safety of all competitors and made the right call on the day. I have heard reports of people pulling out of the swim while still in waist high water and witnessed 1 person having to be rescued by lifeguards.

Although if you want to get the attention of 2000 triathletes quickly, telling them you are changing their race course is a pretty good way. I’ve never heard so many people go so quiet so quickly. You could have heard a pin drop on the other side of Frankston.

With the change in the swim course came a 45 minute delay in the race start time which meant more time for nerves, excitement and anticipation to kick in and I just wanted to get started already! I knew once I got started I would be fine but all the waiting around was killing me.

About 30 minutes before the new start time I began to get ready; wetsuit, sunscreen, googles, swim cap. I dumped all my gear with my trustee assistant for the day Luke and I was ready to go, and I made my way down to the water for a warm up swim. Wow, if that 200m swim was anything to go by this was going to be tough!

As the 2000 competitors waited on the beach ready to start, I looked around and wondered how this start was going to work. I’d never been involved in a mass start this big and looking at the sea of people awaiting the starter’s horn this was going to be chaotic.



Upstream Challenge

Saturday the 19th of November was an awesome day for staying indoors, dry and warm, not leaving your house for the entire day. Maybe watching a few DVD’s. If you wanted to train it wasn’t a day for a sunny outdoors run enjoying the fresh air, maybe a gym day or even a swim (in the huge puddle at your local park).

So what did the members of Team Revolution do… Walked 50 km’s! The Upstream Challenge is a 50km walk from Docklands to Donvale raising money for Camp Quality, Disability Sport and Recreation, Entrust Foundation and Leprosy Mission Australia.

We kicked off at 7:00am from the Docklands. The walked started with the rain staying at bay – but at about 10km’s the heavens opened and we got saturated. From then on the day just got more wet with no opportunity to dry out. The walk was a really great experience but also a mentally exhausting challenge.

After our clothes dried out, and our body and blisters recovered we had forgotten the rain and remembered how fun the 50km walk was. Next year Team Revolution will be doing it again with the goal to beat this year’s placing finishing as the 9th team, completing the walk in 8 hours flat. We will also aim to beat our fundraising effort next time around.

Thank you to all of our supporters: fundraisers, support crew along the way and a Team members mum picking us up at the end! Team Revolution raised $460.00 and finished the walk in 9th Place! So next year join Team Revolution and be part of something great for charities that need our help!



‘Mo’ Wrap Up 2011

Well folks Movember 2011 is over and I sure am glad to have that creepy looking smudge of hair gone from my upper lip. But in saying that I’m always happy to join in on the fun and support a great cause, and this year was our best so far raising over $500 in aid of prostate cancer and mens depression. Now that we have removed our ‘Mo’s’ you can enjoy having a laugh at the photo’s below. But just remember we will be back bigger and better next year!


If you think our efforts were worthy of slinging a few donation dollars our way it is not to late to donate. Head to our Movember team page and help us to continue to support this great cause.