It has been mostly a logistical few weeks for Irish Kiwi Adventure Team Thermatech. I find it difficult to decide on where to start in explaining the logistics and the time that is needed to prepare for a race like this. For those of you that have asked me over the last few weeks what this race involves, I apologise if I had a short answer or didn’t go into too much detail. The main reason is that unless you intend taking on this madness in the future or are already involved you will get bored quickly.
In one way it has been an amazing journey just getting to the weekend before the race and hopefully, now the starting line. The long weekends of training, the non stop training since last february when we made a decision to give this a go and the fantastic support from family and friends is the only reason this is still a possibility. As of next Tuesday my mission will be to make the finish no matter what it takes and to make sure all four of us give it our best shot. There may of course be times when we have to make massive decisions whether to keep going or not, but my hope is that our preparation and experience will guide us all the way. My three teammates have been unreal and I have the complete faith in them.
Packing this week.
So the time has come to pack and prepare. Anyone out there ever prepared to go on a world back packing trip? Well this was way harder. Instead of just tickets and a bag of clothes to survive, you now have to sort food for 5 days and nights as well as equipment for hiking, running, kayaking and mountain biking. In deciding on gear you must take all weather conditions into account, making the West of Ireland a total world of pain. Bike bags, map boards, trekking poles, paddles, helmets, shoes, wetsuit and medical kits are just a few of the things on the list of specialized equipment for such an event. I am hoping my gear will be up to scratch and we are lucky to have ThermaTech New Zealand as our clothing sponsor going into our first big event.
Some of the Food!
The gear was never going to fit in a car either so I am expanding!
4 bike boxes ready for the journey.
So the main questions that crop up before one of these events.
Where is it on? Well we don’t really know! We received a distance breakdown and can begin to guess the route but all in all we really don’t know! It finishes in Killarney so follow the tracker and you will see where we are.
Where do you sleep? Well we don’t really sleep! We may sleep at planned times or locations for a few hours but don’t expect more than 10-12 hours for the full course.
Are you mad? Yes.
Yes we are mad in our own way and are spending alot of money to endure alot of pain and suffering. The most important thing , however, is that there will be more fun than pain. This is a chance to test the body, the mind and endure something that we have never attempted before. We are going somewhat into the unknown. I know myself that I am tough enough, fit enough and stubborn enough to try this, but I have no idea whether my body will allow me to do it. Give me until next Sunday week and I will let you know. For now all I can say is good luck to all 36 teams in ITERA Ireland 2016, fingers crossed the conditions hold up well and lets hope the West of Ireland is good to all the international teams taking part. As a well known comedian from D’unbelievables once said “get out there and Enjoy yereselves”.
Just in case you need some links to the race.
You can check out our own progress, with some help from friends at,
And for those looking for some race info the Itera page is probably handiest.
Of course I will have a 5 day blog to write on the entire event and entertain you all for at least ten minutes when I’m finished next week, or is it the week after?!