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Operation Abba - The Reunion (Just #believe)
"Are you limited by your Challenges" or "are you challenging your limits"

I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' by undertaken a Swim, Bike and Run (well jog, well shuffle) at Ironman Kalmar in 2016.

In doing so trying to raise a few pounds for the Brain & Spine Foundation.

Operation Abba is underway

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerDec 3rd 2012
So what is Operation Abba ~ this is my thoughts in an attempt to complete Ironman Sweden, which is a swim of 2.6 miles, bike 112 miles following by a marathon, all inside 16 hours (yes an hour shorter than other Ironman events around the world). This will push my body to it limits due a a neuromuscular condition that I cannot give into. I am one of the luck ones to even be able to take this on.

My starting mantra is "not to get frustrated over what you can not do, just concentrate on what you can do".

Whilst most of the world is starting to wind down and think of Christmas, the beginning of December for me will be time to start Operation Abba (aka Ironman Sweden). Even thou it is not until August 2013, I will need this time to prepare myself for the event. Why Sweden, well after attempting Ironman Wales for the last two years, I have a mental need to complete an Ironman, the biggest problem with the Tenby course has been the hills. The course in Pembrokeshire has caused me more than a few problems. This is mainly due to a condition which is not a clearly visible disability, almost to the point that a lot of people do not notice (and sometimes that is the hard point), many are not aware of how hard it is just to get myself going, however it could be the easy option to give in and sit around.

My problems started (or came to light) when training for the first attempt at Ironman Wales in 2010. They say that Ironman brings out any weakness in a person. This it did however the Ironman mantra of "anything is possible", is used as a response when told that I should not be doing some of the activities I have completed over the last few months.

Still to date I have not managed to get a complete diagnosis for my condition and the various test (along with waiting for results) can take their toll on the mind. However what is not going to happen is that I am not prepared to wait and sit around. Whilst reading lots of literature about various neuromuscular conditions, the following statement is used with a few differing variations "Are you limited by your Challenges" or "are you challenging your limits". Well my mind does not have any limits at present (and it is hard work to keep it that way at times). So the hard work to get my body ready for the start line begins now, this will will then let my head do its job.

So please join me, in this life changing challenge of getting to the finish line in Kalmar. To help me along the way, these are some of my personal goals over the next few months:-

December - create the habit for the next 9 months
January - start race specific training (mid month)
February - swim 25 miles during the month
March - become more comfortable with aero bars
April - a 50 mile run month
May - improve on 10k openwater swim time
June - complete two century rides in one month
July - align mind and body for Kalmar
August - Kalmar finishing line

Ohh and how many Abba song titles I can get into the blogs over the next few months.

Building up to the final goal, I have already planned number of races, which I hope will help me prepare, (please say hello, I will be easy to spot, normally at the back).

December - Nos Galan 5k run
February - Love 10k Run, Cardiff (supporting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy)
April - Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon
May - Llanelli Sprint Triathlon / Eton 10k Swim
June - Outlaw Middle Distance Triathlon / Dragon Ride

There may be others included over the next few months. So "Watch Out" for future blogs on this quest.
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Dec 4th 2012 10:08
Having also followed your Ironman Wales blog posts you are an inspiration to me and can't wait to find out how yo get on in Ironman Abba.

Sarah
 
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