Three Challenges For One Cause

About The Three Challenges Fundraiser

Rory 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.


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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 free.

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 I went 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 Park 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 big smile 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.

It was great to finish the Second Challenge and now it gets serious Ironman Lanzarote in May "Bring it On!"



Challenge 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

The Finish Line - Galway 01st Sep 2012


About Rory Galvin

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.


The Three Challenges

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