Today is my two year anniversary. So please permit me to be nostalgic.
I never realised that this 26 mountain, 110 kilometre, 10,000 metre climb challenge would leave such an indelible stamp in my life. It took less than 23 hours to complete. But it took over 23 months to train for it. And it took one close but failed attempt in 2008 before I could learn and grow enough to finally conquer it a year later.
This feat made such a mark in my life that, barely after completing it, I took four months off work and decided to write everything down. I plonked myself behind a desk in Hanoi, Vietnam and wrote ever last action, feeling, emotion down. I poured out how I did it, why I did it.
The book still lies there. 85,000 words of mud, sweat, and tears. I still search for a publisher.
I hope one day the book will move from its current electronic form to print. Those who have read it have both laughed and cried at what those mountains did to me. And I do believe that there are others out there who will learn and grow as much from reading my account as I did from living it.
Want to read more about the Wicklow Round? Check out my book, “Mud, Sweat and Tears”.