I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.
Branch Rickey

Who has ever heard of an IronMonth?

You probably have heard of the Ironman, the world’s toughest Triathlon challenge which challenges participants to swim 3.8k, cycle 180k, and – now that you’ve warmed up – run the 42k of a full marathon.

That’s what the An Saol Foundation has decided to do as their annual fundraiser, but – with a little twist – to make it a fully inclusive community event: participants have the full month of May to finish the challenge. Those who want to start the IronMonth with a big fun event will get together next Sunday, 01 May, at the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) in Dublin for the first ever TRYathlon covering (1) a 500m swim, (2) a 20k cycle, and a 5k run/walk. This fun event will not be about getting a good time or being competitive, it’ll be about participating and doing your best to complete as much of the distances as you can and feel like. For the family and friends who want to join in the atmosphere, there will be a food station and some music.

Go where there is no path and leave a trail!

Check out http://www.iron-month.com, sign up for the TRYathlon and the IronMonth, and help raising awareness and funds for the An Saol Foundation. Share the event, #IronMonth, widely with your friends and family. Why not set yourself the target to get five of your friends to sign up!?

We’re missing the sound of the sea in front of our window. The return sailing was significantly smoother than the rather rough way out. The drive home as boring as ever.

Back home, a few people said that they hoped we’d had a nice relaxing time.

We did. Though at home, Pádraig has five PAs who help him along – roles we took over. And it must be said that hotel/apartment beds are not of the right height and usually have pretty soft mattresses, neither of which is helpful.

But those were small, logistical challenges.

Being together, eating out, listening to the sea, going for long walks, dreaming – that was what the real relaxation experience. It was fabulous and can only be recommended.

Life has to be lived together. Happiness is only real when shared – remember Chris McCandless?

LNOB is the new movement.

See you next Sunday at the Sports Ireland Campus and the National Aquatic Centre!