At the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival in February, Sean Conway, the extreme adventurer and author of Hell and High Water: One Man’s Attempt to Swim the Length of Britain mentioned that he was in training for “a really, really long Ironman” that would begin in April, but at that point the details were secret.
A normal Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2 mile run. Sean has just announced that his new challenge will see him attempt to take this ultra triathlon to new extremes by stretching it along the entire coast of Britain.
His self-supported race, starting on April 1st will cover over 4000 miles as he cycles 3,350 miles from Lulworth Cove to Scarborough. From there he will run 1.5 million steps to Brighton before swimming 390,000 strokes back to Lulworth Cove. He will attempt to do all this carrying his own kit and has made a raft to pull everything behind him as he swims.
Sean aims to Tweet and Instagram followers with updates and welcomes people to join him on route. His whole adventure will be covered by The Discovery Channel who are filming him for a three part documentary, Sean Conway: On the Edge, to be aired later this year. Live data including Sean’s on-going physical and mental well-being, heart rate, calories burned and sleep cycles will be uploaded onto DiscoveryUK.com so viewers can track him throughout his adventure.
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