So I was pretty smug with myself when I cycled to Paris with a friend. All of 300 miles (plus a few) cycled by my own fair legs on a dodgy (oldish) hybrid bike, without support and carrying everything we needed for the trip (except for sat nav - which in hindsight probably would have been the most crucial item to have on us.) It took us three days of near constant pedalling (apart from night-time of course - we are not crazy) as we cycled through Southern England and Northern France. Despite what everyone tells you it isn't as flat as a pancake on the other side of the channel and there were certainly a fair few hills to conquer! But we made it and despite nearly being run over when crossing the Champs Elysee, we managed to kiss the base of the Eiffel Tower and were certain we deserved a medal, or at least a knighthood for services to cycling.
But this achievement seems to be somewhat overshadowed (well by many in truth) but in particular by one man named Sean. Sean Conway.
This adventurer has not only cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours (yeah ok, it isn't a competition) but he has swum the length of Britain - between John O'Groats to Lands End, run the same distance with all his kit on his back, cycled around the world (with a compression fracture in his spine, obviously) and has cycled to the alps in the rain. But now he has decided to turn Britain into the largest triathlon track in existence by cycling, running and then swimming around the coast of the UK. That's a 4000+mile ultra triathlon around the British Isles. (I would just like to say that, that hill as you first come out of Calais is quite steep and took at least fifteen minutes to climb.)
He is currently on his route from Lulworth Cove to Scarborough the long way round by bike where he will then ditch his bike at a bike shop and run around the coast to Brighton. The final leg is from Brighton back to Lulworth Cove by sea and swimming. He started a few days ago and is currently somewhere near Bristol, oh no near Wales. Gosh I need a tracker just thinking about it.
And speaking of trackers - you can track him live online - http://www.discoveryuk.com/make-your-world-bigger/goseango/ to keep up to date with his progress. You can also join him along the way to complete your own part of his epic triathlon or meet him at one of the many talks he is doing along the route. Luckily this means we can all follow him, meet him and live vicariously through him and he completes what most of us wouldn't even think of as a possibility.
Sean grew up in Zimbabwe and after moving to the UK, sold his business for £1 in 2012 in order to commit to collecting experiences instead of things. I think it is safe to say he has certainly achieved that!
All that's left is to say is #GOSEANGO, you are an inspiration to us all and as the saying goes, we hope the wind is always on your back and the sun shines for you.
Right, now where was that tracker and a map of the route from London to Brighton again...