Limavady solicitor and local rotarian, Peter Jack, will find himself having to stay in the same place for 13 hours on Thursday the 9th February without being able to leave the building!
Because he is undertaking Ireland’s first ever Indoor Ironman Challenge.
To complete this he will have to swim 152 lengths of the pool, cycle 180kms on the gym bike and run a marathon i.e. 42.195K on a treadmill.
Asked if he was looking forward to the Challenge he quipped: “Well I’m looking forward to the finish line! Although I have done 11 proper Ironmen events this is a bit of fun and I will be interested to see what demands this makes on my body. I am going to have to drink a lot more than normal to keep hydrated, but at the end of the day I believe it’s more a mental challenge than a physical one.”
Peter will be aided and abetted by his fellow Rotarians and his fellow Triangle Triathlon Club members who will be coming along on the day to do part of it with him. Peter is “very grateful” to his good friend Mervyn Kelly who is going to swim the entire 3.8 K with him at 7am and then later in the day other athletes will be on a gym bike or a treadmill beside him.
Peter asks, however, that anyone who comes along must be capable of bending the truth and saying things like, ‘Peter, you’re looking really good and you’re going really well!’
On Race Day Peter is aiming for 30 seconds a length, 30 Kilometres an hour on the bike machine and hopefully 8 Kilometres an hour on the run machine “It’s going to be a long, long day,” he said.
The whole project is for “Books for Africa” which is a Limavady Rotary Project. President Darren Mornin of the Rotary Club said: “We have 3,000 books gathered up to go to an impoverished school library in Malawi and hopefully with Peter’s fund raising will now be able to pay for the cost of the transport of them. All donations will be greatly accepted. There will be a bucket in the Leisure Centre on the day and all contributions will be gratefully received and acknowledge.”
A novel concept behind the idea is that the contributors to the cause are being asked to guess Peter’s weight loss during the day and there will be a prize for the person who is closest.
So, if you are doing nothing else at 6.55 a.m. on the 9th February, come down to the Roe Valley Leisure Centre and see PJ being weighed on the scales and about 14 hours later you will see him being helped back on to the scales to see how much he has lost – and to see what time he has managed for the completion of his 12th Ironman