Keegan’s Ironman 70.3 for I Am Hope

$7,002 of $10,000 goal
Given by 66 generous donors in around 8 months

I’m taking on an Ironman 70.3 and trying to raise $10k for I Am Hope

Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty

Hi I'm Keegan Mitchell and I’ve decided that I want to tackle an Ironman 70.3 and raise funds & awareness for I Am Hope. A charity created by Mike King that provides free counselling for youth in NZ. Everyone has mental health and the statistics show that NZ's youth experience a number of problems with their mental health due to a number of causes. On average it costs I Am Hope $10,000 a day to provide these free services to youth. My goal is to raise $10,000 to be able to provide 1 full days worth of counselling services.

Any donations would be greatly appreciated by myself and the team at I Am Hope along with the people who receive these counselling sessions.

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'RACE DAY'  28 March 2022

After having had some time off after 'race day' to recover and reflect, I can quite easily say that this was the hardest challenge I have ever undertaken. I managed to finish with a time of 6:07:14 and it was definitely a fight. I was looking to get into the hole and suck through it and I got more than I bargained for.

The Swim:

I started off well, got into a nice rhythm and everything was going according to plan. My goggles fogged up about 800m in so I spent the next 1.1k with minimal vision. Swim time: 44:17

The Bike:

The bike also started off well, Chan rode with me the whole way so it was nice to have some company. Ideally I needed 1 more water bottle and more time in the saddle during training. With half an hour left I was starting to get an achy back & neck and it was getting warmer than I anticipated. Bike time: 3:23:34

The Run:

This is where the challenge really began. It was hot, I was a bit dehydrated and getting tired. Nandia and Jonathon were with me most of the way and boy did I need some support. It was starting to get pretty difficult on my digestive system and keeping nutrition down wasn't very easy. There was cramp at 16k and a few quick stops to stretch along the way. Run time:1:48:34

After finishing there was a lot of cussing and swearing that I never want to do it again but since recovering and pulling the training back a bit I've realised that the fight is the best part. The stuff that makes you grow. The training is the journey, the race is the victory lap and knowing that I've helped make a difference is an unmatched feeling.

Thank you to everyone who has donated this far, without you there would be minimal difference made. Special thank you to my family and most importantly my fiance Carlee for putting up with these ideas I have and supporting me all the way! Now onto the event In December and that $10,000 mark. oh and maybe some other challenges along the way.

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Heather on 08 May 2022
Carlee on 07 May 2022
So proud of you Keegs, love me and Snoop 🐶❤️
Keegan Mitchell

Love you guys xxx

Keegan Mitchell
Raffle on 07 May 2022
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Trina on 25 Apr 2022
2 raffle please
Shelby on 25 Apr 2022
1 raffle ticket please ☺️

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