Hi! My name's Gueorgui. I live in Japan, I'm an amateur triathlete, and I'm training hard to compete in my first Ironman triathlon, happening in Cairns, Australia, on June 9th, 2013.
An Ironman is a long-distance race, consisting of three parts: a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run. (That's respectively 2.4, 112 and 26.2 miles).
You've got to be at least slightly crazy to willingly do something like that, right?
Where I am now
I never considered myself as person who's any good at sports. I'm a normal 30 year old guy — living with my girlfriend, going to work every day, taking care of my pet rabbit. I'm not going to be winning any beauty pageants or bodybuilding contests. Prior to last year, my main achievement was an extremely painful 20km race that made me swear off endurance sports for the rest of my life.
In 2012 though, I caught triathlon fever. I trained for the best part of the summer for an Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) and completed it in September, feeling very happy with the results. Two months after, on November 1st, I started training for Ironman Cairns 2013 with the ambitious goal of "surviving".
My training is by itself one of the biggest challenges I faced so far: I train 6 days a week with two workouts every day but Saturday, where I go on a long ride. The training process is demanding physically, but also mentally, as training demands much better time organization skills that I previously possessed.
It's a joy to see progress though — one of my main achievements was a recent half-marathon, at the end of which I felt like I could go on running.
There are now 4 months left until the race, and I feel like the goal of finishing an Ironman shifted from a madman's delusion to the realm of the possible. I can do this!
I also write about my triathlon adventures on my blog at http://roadtocairns.com/
Why I need your help
Training for the race is going well. Though I've been through a few tough spots, my motivation is intact, and I'm making progress. I have registered for the race and paid entrance fees for the event. I've got all the required triathlon gear: a wetsuit, a bike, a pair of great running shoes. I've got an awesome support team in the person of my girlfriend Sara.
What I don't (yet) have is a way to get to the start line. I need your help to fund the following things, in the order of priority:
1. Plane tickets from Tokyo to Cairns, and back (about 2000€)
2. Accommodation in Cairns for the race (about 500€)
3. A bike case for safely transporting my bike across the Pacific (about 300€)
4. Various pre-race expenses: bike fitting, small race gear, training books, etc. (about 500€)
The biggest priority is of course plane tickets, without which the race couldn't happen. I will use the money to pay for the items on this list (sharing the exact costs via updates here on Indiegogo), and whatever remains from donations will be donated to a cancer charity.
Reasons to feel good about donating
You'll be helping a regular guy overcome every weakness in himself and become something he'd never have imagined a couple of years ago: an Ironman triathlete.
You'll be helping the writing of my triathlon blog, hopefully spreading enthusiasm about endurance sports and triathlon, and showing that even an average guy can do this with enough determination.
Most of all, you'll be able to join me on this crazy adventure. Through updates, I'll be keeping you up to date with my training, with the trip and the race itself. It'll be fun!