Rob's Hawaiian Ironman 2015

Campaign creator Robert Paterson
Fundraising for Rob Paterson, Ladder - Tackling Youth Homelessness
Event  IRONMAN World Championship
$9,056 raised
30%
GOAL $30,000
69 donations
 
since Jun 2015
 
 
 
 

We all have those days when we feel it may have been better to roll over and stay in bed. On a particular morning back in October 1991, I should have just done that!

I had recently moved from Melbourne to Albury and taken on the role of managing a fitness centre. On this particular crisp morning, I decided to do a hard bike session of 40km, as I launched into another season of training for triathlons - something I had done as an enjoyable pastime for a number of years.

As I turned back and headed into town along the Hume Highway, I was hit from behind by a semi-trailer travelling at over 100km/hr.

Suffering a number of life threatening injuries I was rushed to hospital and stabilised before being transferred to Melbourne where I remained in a critical condition for almost a month. The force of the impact had shattered a number of bones and had damaged my spinal cord, which would leave me paralysed and in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

After 6 months in hospital and numerous challenges I moved back to Albury to resume life and learn how to adapt to my new circumstance. As with any challenge I met this head on and began coaching other triathletes and assisting them to reach their goals.

Fast forward 20 + years and a conversation over a coffee with a close mate ended with the insane idea that I could complete in an Ironman triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km full marathon run).

My first step was to start training and obtain the modified equipment I required (eg. Handcycle, Racing Wheelchair) and in 2013 I travelled to Bussleton to compete in my first ever Ironman.

While a shoulder injury forced me to retire 140km into the cycle leg, I was not detoured and refocused to compete - and complete - the Cairns Ironman the following year.

In June 2015, a long time dream was realised when I won my spot for the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii on October 10th.

Now I need your help to get me there!

As well as raising funds to help cover my travel expenses I want to use this opportunity to inspire and empower young people to realise their dreams and break the cycle of homelessness. I have partnered with Ladder www.ladder.org.au for this campaign and hope to raise valuable funds so they too can continue their work.

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Thank you for your donation
06
Dec
Thanks for donating to my Fundraising Page Rob's Hawaiian Ironman 2015.
Together we raised $9,056.00 for Rob Paterson.
I am really grateful for your generous help in reaching my goal.

Thanks for donating to my Fundraising Page Rob's Hawaiian Ironman 2015.
Together we raised $9,056.00 for Rob Paterson.
I am really grateful for your generous help in reaching my goal.

As I am sure you will know my Kona campaign didn't go exactly to plan. I felt my preparation was as good as it could be and I started the race feeling very positive.

The water temperature was a little higher than usual on the day and while this is not a significant factor it was for me. Any paratriathletes are allowed to wear a wetsuit in Kona which due to the water temp is a non-wetsuit swim. We are allowed as it assists with buoyancy especially in the lower limbs which would otherwise make covering the distance every difficult. The downside in warmer water is the chance over overheating or increased dehydration.

I left the water feeling good and happy with my time although my Garmin (GPS) did indicate I had swum over 4.2km in a 3.8 km swim. Coming out of a very cold Melbourne winter it was going to be important that I was well hydrated and not overheating on the bike leg especially considering I was going to be out there for around 8 hours. The first 60 km i was still felling strong although the heat was beginning to build. My handcycle is a little like sitting by the pool on a banana lounge, for 8 hrs, what your heart beat at around 140-50bpm and no shade!!

Heading up to the turn at Hawi and 90km into the 180km cycle leg I was beginning to overheat and despite pouring multiple bottles of water over myself at every aid station I was not able to cool down. By the time I hit the turnaround I was pretty fatigued but hoped the downhill section would allow my some recovery time! Unfortunately at the 130km mark on the bike I drifted off the side of the road and as I attempted to pull myself back onto the tarmac I flipped my bike. At this point I was unsure of the damage beyond the obvious removal of skin. I waited for the support vehicle to arrive and was taken back to transition to make sure the damage was only superficial.

So tha was the end of the day this time around and while it was very disappointing I am determined to get back and finish what I started.

I think you all for your support! I did have photos etc offered for support but I do feel a bit strange send out pics of something I didn't finish. Please let me know how I can fulfil my offer to you. My email is robpaterson@netspace.net.au

For those who are interested there is a full report in the current (January 2016) copy of Triathlon and Mulitsport Magazine.

Kind Regards,
Rob Paterson
Thank you and I will be back!
06
Dec
Thanks for donating to my Fundraising Page Rob's Hawaiian Ironman 2015.
Together we raised $9,056.00 for Rob Paterson.
I am really grateful for your generous help in reaching my goal.

As I am sure you will know my Kona campaign didn't go exactly to plan. I felt my preparation was as good as it could be and I started the race feeling very positive.

The water temperature was a little higher than usual on the day and while this is not a significant factor it was for me. Any paratriathletes are allowed to wear a wetsuit in Kona which due to the water temp is a non-wetsuit swim. We are allowed as it assists with buoyancy especially in the lower limbs which would otherwise make covering the distance every difficult. The downside in warmer water is the chance over overheating or increased dehydration.

I left the water feeling good and happy with my time although my Garmin (GPS) did indicate I had swum over 4.2km in a 3.8 km swim. Coming out of a very cold Melbourne winter it was going to be important that I was well hydrated and not overheating on the bike leg especially considering I was going to be out there for around 8 hours. The first 60 km i was still felling strong although the heat was beginning to build. My handcycle is a little like sitting by the pool on a banana lounge, for 8 hrs, what your heart beat at around 140-50bpm and no shade!!

Heading up to the turn at Hawi and 90km into the 180km cycle leg I was beginning to overheat and despite pouring multiple bottles of water over myself at every aid station I was not able to cool down. By the time I hit the turnaround I was pretty fatigued but hoped the downhill section would allow my some recovery time! Unfortunately at the 130km mark on the bike I drifted off the side of the road and as I attempted to pull myself back onto the tarmac I flipped my bike. At this point I was unsure of the damage beyond the obvious removal of skin. I waited for the support vehicle to arrive and was taken back to transition to make sure the damage was only superficial.

So tha was the end of the day this time around and while it was very disappointing I am determined to get back and finish what I started.

I think you all for your support! I did have photos etc offered for support but I do feel a bit strange send out pics of something I didn't finish. Please let me know how I can fulfil my offer to you. My email is robpaterson@netspace.net.au

For those who are interested there is a full report in the current (January 2016) copy of Triathlon and Mulitsport Magazine.

Kind Regards,
Rob Paterson
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$9,056 raised
30%
GOAL $30,000
69 donations
 
since Jun 2015
 
Rob Paterson
 
$8,032
 
 
Ladder - Tackling Youth Homelessness
 
$1,024
 
 
 


Fundraising for
Rob Paterson
I am taking on the Hawaiian Ironman in 2015 & need your help to realise my dream! As only 1 of 5 Para-Triathlete's selected to compete, I am raising funds to travel too & from the event AND for my adopted charity partner ‘Ladder’ - empowering young people to break the cycle of homelessness.
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Rob Paterson
Ladder - Tackling Youth Homelessness
Ladder was established in 2007 to help young people aged 16 - 25 break the cycle of homelessness. Ladder creates the opportunities and space for young people to unleash their talents and build futures free of homelessness and full of possibilities. Ladder is the official charity of AFL players.
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Robert Paterson
Richmond VIC
 
 

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