Finally after some world class procrastination i've gotten around to getting a website together and starting a regular blog.Here i can hopefully share with you some of the madness the surrounds my life right now as i prepare for the the ultimate challenge of rowing the atlantic solo in 6 months time.
At this point i'm really happy with the website and a massive shout out goes to Patrick Kavanagh for helping out with,i just wanted a very simple but visual engaging site to highlight some of the stuff i've gotten upto over the years.I hope you enjoy.
I've just come off a very busy and exciting weekend in Galway where i had my ocean rowing boat on display for the first time.I had 'Doireann' down to the Challenge Galway triathlon expo at the docks where i had everyone and anyone come along to sign her as a show of support.I'm doing my best to boost publicity for this endeavor so i can drum up more corporate sponsors.I had to go and pick the most expensive challenge to do! The only other expedition that would be more expensive would be Antarctica which happens to be another goal of mine,i have expensive taste!
But despite bankrupting myself and spending every hard earned penny i made during my diving career the Atlantic is getting rowed regardless.Also we managed to raise a few hundred Euros for local charities Cancer Care West and Jigsaw who i'll be supporting during this row.
Then on Sunday i had a crack at a half Ironman distance triathlon which was fun,i had a borrowed TT bike which was super fast and fun to ride.I was very happy with the days outing and saw it as a good training session in the grand scheme of things.I'd love to do more triathlons and will probably do another local one over the summer but i've the small task of preparing to rowing an ocean!
Which brings me onto my preparation as it stands which is good based on the small nagging voice in the back of my head that tells me i'm not doing enough,the part of all of us that wants more.I heard a great quote on a podcast during the week about mental toughness and i wrote it on my bathroom mirror - 'Stop listening to yourself and start talking to yourself' for me this is perfect right now as there is naturally so much fear and doubt around the row,nothing to do with the actual act of rowing an ocean though! more around the campaign and piecing it altogether as it still feels like i've a mountain to climb before i get to the start line of this race.
So i'm constantly having to assure myself things will be ok and just breaking things down into mini goals,every little bit i do the help move things forward really matters,take my eye off the bigger picture for a moment and back to the here and now.I just took delivery of 300 high calorie freeze dried meals for 90 days of 5, 000 calories a day.So just trying to get my head around all that is a job in itself! and speaking of hungry work it's about time i jumped on the rowing machine for a couple of hours.