Keith Diaper

UPDATE: Converted to a Lockdown Challenge!

Lockdown 2020 ( A Challenge for you and I) As many of you are aware I was due to be taking on a deca triathlon starting 04/04/2020, however, due to COVID-19 I am in lockdown for 12 weeks with my wife who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. As mentioned in a recent post I have to make sure my immune system is at its best to help keep me healthy for my girls, so any major challenge is out of the question. So to keep motivated over the next 12 weeks I have come up with a challenge to keep myself physically and mentally in tip-top condition.

The difference with this challenge is you can join in too. There are Three Challenges, designed for people who have turbo trainers/ Watt bikes etc with them in isolation and have a way of recording their miles.

Lockdown 250: This is aimed at people who are in a three-week lockdown/ isolation It’s simple really all you have to do is aim to cover 250 miles in 3 weeks. That’s just under 12 miles a day.

Lockdown 500: This is aimed at people who are in a three-week lockdown/ isolation It’s simple really all you have to do is aim to cover 500 miles in 3 weeks. That’s just under 24 miles a day.

Lockdown 2020: This is aimed at people who are in a twelve-week lockdown with loved ones on the shielded list. It’s simple really all you have to do is aim to cover 2020 miles in 12 weeks. That's just over 24 miles a day.

Motivation This Facebook group for this challenge is so you can interact and motivate each other and post up daily mileage. Please keep this group a place of encouragement we all need to support each other throughout these tough times. There is no cost to this challenge, however, I would really appreciate if you are taking part you could make a small donation to the HMSA via the page I had set up for my canceled challenge. (https://www.hypermobility.org/fundraisers/definitive-deca-triathlon)

I appreciate times are difficult and money will inevitably be tighter than normal, but even a £5 or £10 donation would all add up to help out this amazing charity. If you're not in a position to donate at this time, you could just share what you're doing and the charity link on your social media.

As with any exercise and challenges, there is a possibility of physical injury. You should be in good physical condition to be able to participate in this challenge and would recommend that you consult with your doctor before taking part. If you join in this challenge, you agree that you do so at your own risk and are voluntarily participating in these activities, assuming all risk of injury to yourself.

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Mid-March Update: Cancelled among other fundraising events as we all prepare for life in what is for most a new normal, and for many a familiar situation. Out of appreciation for good efforts we are leaving this fundraiser open since it details his enormous commitment and efforts to date. We’re gutted for everyone involved and we’re here for you.

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ORIGINAL, PRE-COVID CHALLENGE

My name is Keith Diaper I’m a husband and father. My wife (Pippa) has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Pippa was misdiagnosed for 18 months until we discovered the Hypermobility Syndromes Association. This amazing charity has supported not only Pippa but us as a family for many years now. We cannot thank the HMSA enough and are honored to raise awareness and funds for the outstanding work they do.

I have been taking on personal challenges helping to raise awareness and funds for the HMSA since 2017.
I’ve completed:
52 x 70.3-mile triathlons over 26 consecutive weekends
Run Marathons,
Run a 24-hour ultra-marathon
Swam 17.5-miles in a pool in 12 hours
Cycled 214 miles and climbed 18766 feet in 24 hours.

In 2019 our 8-year-old daughter (Isabella) joined in with her own challenges, taking part in her first year of multi-sport events, we couldn’t be prouder of her determination to help raise awareness and funds for the charity. We are sure she will continue to do great things in years to come.

However, at 43 I'm not getting any younger and I cannot persist with these bigger challenges indefinitely. That being said I need one last massive challenge to end on. I will keep supporting the HMSA in the future but this will be my last big challenge.

Starting 4th April 2020 I will be completing a 140.6-mile triathlon (Iron Distance) every day for 10 consecutive days. That's a 2.4 mile (3.86 km) swim, 112 miles (180.25 km) cycle ride than a marathon 26.2 mile (42.20 km) each day. This will see me cover 1460 miles in just 10 days.

These events are called Deca Triathlons and can be entered at selected locations worldwide, but I wanted to add my twist to the event and really push my mental toughness to the very edge. So with that in mind, I am very proud to announce that David Lloyd Health Club will be supporting me to do all 10 triathlons at their facility at West End, Southampton I will swim in the 22-meter pool, then jump on a Wattbike before running each marathon on a treadmill. This should really add to the metal endurance side to these events.

We would really appreciate your support by sharing this event with as many people as you can and if you're in a fortunate position to donate we would be very grateful.

#DefinitiveDecaTriathon #ShowYourStripes4HMSA

Keith Diaper