Brendan Doyle (41) is a man with his sights set firmly on an adventure and that adventure is one of most gruelling events in the world of competitive athletics. On Sunday July 31 next Brendan will undertake the Iron Man event at Bolton, England and in doing so will swim 3.8km, cycle 180km and run 42km.
“For this event, I started training seven months ago. It’s six days a week for seven months. Sometimes two or three times a day. For instance, for the last four weeks I’ve been averaging about 20 hours per week of training,” said Brendan.
The full-time carpenter believes that his passion for athletics would not be possible to foster without the support of his wife Madeline and his three children, Ben (12), Emily (10) and Molly (8).
“You simply couldn’t do this without their support because you’re away from home a lot. Sometimes on a Saturday morning I’d be on the road by 5am. I would then meet another group of cyclists at 9am. It means a lot of commitment and you can’t shy away from the training because if you don’t do it you won’t get through the event. However, family support is key.”
The Bolton Iron Man will be Brendan’s second Iron Man event. Two years ago, he undertook the mammoth physical challenge in France and completed it in 13.5 hours. This time he hopes to go one better.
“In England, some of those guys will be finished in 8.5 to 9 hours. You have up to 16 hours to complete it. I’d like to think I’ll be completing it after 12.5 hours,” he said.
For most of Brendan’s life he has been involved in athletics. To date, he has completed one Iron Man and 15 marathons alongside a host of non competitive athletic events.
“I love a challenge. I love to be doing something. I can’t see myself ever sitting around. One of the first reasons I got into it was to keep weight off and then I just started to enjoy it,” said Brendan who has previously undertaken events in aid of St. Christopher’s and Longford Scuba Divers.
Longford Triathlon Club is also another component of Brendan’s busy schedule. Established before Christmas last year, the club is already achieving notable success.
“It’s going very well. We had three prize winners in Lanesboro at the weekend which was very good for a new club. I’m also involved with Longford Athletics Club and the Longford Marathon which is up and running on August 28 next,” he said.
According to Brendan, the success of the Longford Triathlon Club is not surprising.
“Triathlon is the biggest growing sport in the world. Everybody’s out on bikes, running and swimming. It’s a good way of life. Socially it’s brilliant,” he said.
And for those that are starting out, Brendan offers the following advice:
“Don’t be intimidated by somebody who has the nice flash bike or the nice runners or all the nice gear because everybody has to start somewhere. It’s very important to do it right and to exercise properly. A lot of people that I have come across feel intimidated by others and feel that they can’t be seen running with others. But groups are the best thing ever – it just brings everybody on. So get out and give it a try.”
“The way I look at it is that it’s a big thing to do it for charity because you’re doing it for someone who can’t do it for themselves. You see people out there who would love to be able to do things such as walk a mile, but they can’t even put their legs to the ground. So if you can do it for them, then why not do it?”
If you would like to contact Brendan for further information about getting involved in athletics or indeed sponsoring his adventure in Bolton, call 087-2241352