Today marks the twelve month anniversary from the Port MacQuarie Ironman that our chair, Yi Yuen Wang competed in. To recap – an Ironman event is an endurance event comprising a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike ride, and finishing with a 42.2km run. Yes, that is a full marathon at the end of the ride.
Yi Yuen completed this event in 13 hours 47 minutes and 23 seconds. In doing so he overcame a complete inaptitude for swimming, a bike mechanical in the form of a broken chain 110km into the ride, and the biting wind and cold during the run. Some may recall he ran for the pituitary patients that the Australian Pituitary Foundation supports and raised just under $13,000 for the foundation.
In the lead up to the event, here were his words…
I have entered the Port MacQuarie Ironman to raise awareness for this gland and the conditions it gives rise to. People speak in awe of those who are able to complete the Ironman distance, however the struggles through training and participating in this event is barely a shadow of the struggles of those living with pituitary conditions. It is during the long exhausting hours of exercise that the participants rely on their pituitary gland to secrete adequate amounts of cortisone and growth hormone, and it is the lack of adequate secretion of such hormones that makes everyday life a struggle for pituitary patients.
Most people do not know what a pituitary gland is. It is in fact the master hormone gland in the body, controlling the entire hormonal environment to allow each and every person to live life to the full. Problems with the pituitary gland may result in too much or too little hormones, both of which lead to significant difficulties in living life. Even activities such as having a shower, going to work, walking 1km that we think of as routine become difficult due to a profound lack of energy, general fatigue and loss of motivation.
Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button. The more people that know about Australian Pituitary Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Yi Yuen has begun training again for another event, the Busselton Ironman planned for December 2020 (Covid-19 restrictions permitting). We welcome anyone of you out there who wish to fund-raise along with us, for any event you may be entered in. The community we live in remains compassionate and generous to those in need. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org should you require help in creating a fund-raising page and profile.
Good luck and keep safe.