About The Three Challenges Fundraiser
Galvin (proud uncle of Joe) will take part in the "Three
Challenges for One Cause
Fundraiser" to raise funds for the Shine
Centre for Autism. He will complete three grueling events starting
with the Galway Half Iron Man in September, the Dublin Marathon
in October and finish with the Lanzarote Iron Man next May. Rory
has pledged to raise
funds for the Shine Centre where his nephew Joe is amongst seventy
other children and adolescents who receive services from Shine
to help them to realise their full potential.
Contact The Shine Centre on 021
Challenge Two - Dublin City Marathon
Following my efforts in Galway I felt two weeks recovery would
be enough before I started my training for the Dublin Marathon.
You can't get unfit in two weeks I thought!!!! Although my body
needed the break the first few sessions back were very tough.
Six weeks to train for a marathon is not advisable but I was
not going to let that stop me. This being my first marathon my
fear was would I be able for 26.2 miles and would I get to the
start line injury free. I built up the mileage over the weeks
and the longest I ran was 22.5 miles. I got huge confidence from
running the Cork to Cobh race 15 miles in less than 2hrs. I did
another few long runs before the big day and I was as ready as
I could have been. Most importantly I managed to stay injury
Dublin City Marathon - 29th October 2012
So race day arrived and it was a perfect day for running, it
was cool, dry and very little wind. After checking in my bag
down to the start line. I lined up behind the pace setters for
3.45 and my plan was to get ahead of them and stay ahead of them!!
The atmosphere at the start line was brilliant with everyone
wearing the standard black plastic bag to keep warm, looks
silly but it
is effective. We set off at 9.10 and I stayed with the pace setters
for the first two miles and at the end of O' Connell street I
passed them and kept my pace at 8mins per mile. I entered Phoenix
and passed the 10km marker in 51mins and the crowd were fantastic.
I pushed on to the half way point and crossed the mat in 1.47
well ahead of target, I was flying and feeling great with a
on my face. I kept pushing and the support from the crowd was
amazing my shirt t-shirt really stood out with people shouting "Come
on Shine", "Keep Shining" and a few "Come on
Shane!!". It really kept me motivated and as I don't run listening
to music I really fed off the atmosphere. I had heard about the
wall and heart break hill on Roebuck Road but I was still motoring.
I passed the 20 mile marker in 2.45 well inside my target, I passed
my Parents and support team just after mile 20 and they gave me
a real boost as I motored on. Then the inevitable happened at mile
21 the wheels came off and I hit the wall big time. My pace kept
dropping and my smile turned into a grimace. From mile 21 to 25
I was in the hurt locker and I was waiting to be caught by the
3.45 pace makers. I had to finish even if I did not make my target
time of 3.45. I got to mile 25 and my wife and friends were there
screaming me on and that gave me the energy for the final push
for home. The last mile flew by and running towards the line I
was thinking I can't believe I have done it. I crossed the line
in 3.42 and I looked down at my watch and the smile returned.
Running the marathon was an amazing experience and the support
all around the course was really unbelievable, especially from
family and friends who were at the 6 mile, 12mile, 20 mile and
25 mile markers cheering me on. Thanks guys.
great to finish the Second Challenge and now it gets serious
Ironman Lanzarote in May "Bring it On!"
One - Ironman 70.3 Galway
In the lead up to Galway I felt like I trained consistently and
I was really excited about tackling the half Ironman distance for
the first time. This was the 2nd time the race has been held in
Galway and the weather conditions last year were rough so we were
hoping for more favorable conditions. We travelled up on Friday
evening and there was a great buzz around Salt Hill, we stayed
in Galway Bay and bumped into a few of the Pro's including last
years winner Mike Aigroz. We woke up Saturday morning and went
down to the the athlete village to register and collect the transition
bags. I skipped the swim practice in favor of a reccie of the first
few kms of the bike course (a decision I would regret later).
Galway Ironman - 01st September 2012
So race day arrived and after checking my bike we headed down
to the swim start which turned out to be a beautiful morning which
was a huge relief as the previous day was like a monsoon. The atmosphere
at the swim start was amazing, the music was pumping and the water
was calm. The start was the usual washing machine with arms and
legs all over the place. I found it really tough to get into any
sort of rhythm and my navigation was really poor. I am not the
best swimmer so I was happy once I was back on the dry land. The
crowd gave me a huge boost coming out of the water, especially
my supporters who travelled to Galway for the event. I had a really
good bike section and kept pushing but was conscious that I had
13 miles run back in Salt Hill so I kept a solid pace. It was great
coming back into Salt Hill and the crowds were brilliant. I went
out on the run feeling good and probably started the run a bit
too fast so I dropped to more manageable pace. The run was 3 loops
of Salt Hill with aid stations at each end which were good targets.
The support all around the run route was brilliant and the Shine
Ireland t-shirt really stood out and got plenty of comments. As
I ran down the finishing chute I was so excited crossing the line
in 5.55 under my 6hr target. Overall it was an amazing experience
and the support all around the course was really cool, especially
from my wife Rose.
It was great to finish the first Challenge and I am looking forward
to challenge number two the Dublin Marathon
Finish Line - Galway 01st Sep 2012
Like most people I hit my early 30's having given up team sports
and was very unfit and out of shape. So in June 2010 I signed up
for my first triathlon, the only problem was I couldn't really
swim, didn't own a bike and wasn't exactly built for running. So
thanks to some swimming lessons, the bike to work scheme and some
hard training, I completed my first sprint distance triathlon in
Fermoy 3 months later. I was hooked!!!
During 2011 I entered a number of half marathons, sprint tri's
and moved up to Olympic distance triathlon's the highlight being
racing the Olympic triathlon course in Hyde Park.
So when planning my
events for 2012 I decided I wanted to raise money for a local
charity and a good friend of mine came up with
the idea of "Three Challenges for One Cause" the Cause
was the easy one to pick as Shine Ireland the autism charity does
such amazing work.
Ironman 70.3 Galway - 2nd Sept 2012
Ironman 70.3 Ireland will take place in and around the scenic city
of Galway beginning with a 1.9Km swim in the beautiful waters
of Galway Bay. Followed by a challenging 90Km bike course that
travels through the beautiful countryside and provides views
of Connemara and the Burren along the way. And to finish a
half-marathon run course through Galway city and back to Salthill.
Dublin Marathon - 29th Oct 2012
26.2 miles through the streets of Dublin.
Ironman Lanzarote - 18th May 2013
Ironman Lanzarote will take place on the volcanic island with 1800+
athletes from all backgrounds and walks of life completing what
is described as one of the toughest one day endurance event in
the world. Each participant must swim 3.8 km, ride a grueling
180 km bike course and finally run a full marathon of 42.2 km.
Rory & Joe