Ironman Lanzarote 2012
By Cloud Direct • 06 Sep 2011
Well, peer pressure, testosterone, mid-life crisis (for at least one of us) and altruism – all combined to challenge of completing the Lanzarote Ironman in May 2012. For some of you, Ironman might just sound tough – for others, you’ll know it’s tough. And a few of you will be aware that the Lanzarote Ironman is one of the toughest…
3.8Km swim, 180Km bike and 42Km run (yes – that’s a full marathon). One after the other. The best of the best do this in around eight hours. But normal humans must complete it with 17 hours (start at 7am – finish before midnight).
What makes Lanzarote iconic in the world of Ironman are the local conditions: heat, wind and climbing. The bike leg includes 2.5Km of vertical climbing, often into silly winds – the same winds that hard-core windsurfers and kiters seek out.
Lanzarote is also a qualifying event for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii!
So back down to reality. Three BUDs (Backup Direct employees) are attempting to complete the event next year – it’s certainly a great personal challenge for each of us – but importantly we’re aiming to raise a serious amount of money for charity – the Brain Tumour Research (www.braintumourresearch.org/ – £3000 at least.
Let’s take a look at the three victims, in reverse order of madness:
|Victim||Brett Raynes||Nathan Tyndale||Mark Funnell|
|BUD Role||Managing Director||Account Manager||Billing Manager|
|General Fitness||Quite fit||Very Fit||Super fit|
|Total (inc. transitions)||14h00||13h00||12:00|
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