A Bolton man who can’t ride a bike or swim has entered his first triathlon.
Dave Beevers decided to get fit after his wife Diane died of breast cancer in February last year.
At the time, the 58-year-old weighed 24 stones, had Type II diabetes and had trouble going up a flight of stairs.
He joined a gym and later took up running, has shed half his weight, and ran his first Marathon in May this year.
After seeing the Ironman UK event in Bolton last weekend, he has now entered a triathlon in Cheshire in September, reports the Bolton News.
Mr Beevers, who once worked for the newspaper, said: “Ironman is an awesome event and watching these guys stretch themselves to the limit will be a massive inspiration for me as I start out on my triathlon challenge.
“But when you can’t ride a bike or swim it’s a case of taking one step at a time. Ironman? Maybe one day.”
He also aims to raise £100,000 for Breast Cancer Care in his wife’s memory.
“The courage and bravery she showed during those final weeks of her life made me realise how special she was and I had to do something to keep her memory alive,” he said.
The would-be triathlete explained that besides being unable to swim, he hadn’t sat on a bicycle until three weeks ago, but he is determined to complete the challenge he has set himself.
“At the moment, I swim like a ship’s anchor and am so unsteady on a bike it looks like I’m cycling through an earthquake," he added.
“But I’ll get there. Diane will get me through. She’s my Ironwoman.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.