ironman by jesse spooner
I am a medical student at the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program graduating in 2020. Between my first and second year of medical school, I went to Nepal with a group of classmates to conduct a small study/needs assessment for a small rural community in Nepal. Through doing this I met Kevin Edgecombe and Dinesh Sapkota, both major players in the non-profit, Her International.
Witnessing the impact of this organization on the lives of so many in rural Nepal left a lasting impact on me, but I was never too sure how I could help in any “big” way.
That being said, I recently got a burst of crazy or had an extra strong cup of espresso which lead me to sign up for the Ironman Canada race in Whistler, July 28th, 2019. I have been training for this since January 2019, through the B78 coaching service (shoutout to Jasper Blake, my coach!), and they have been awesome setting up my training schedule around a hectic medical school curriculum. In preparation for the “big one”, I have ran the BMO Marathon in Vancouver, and I have the Victoria 70.3 half ironman coming up, which should give me some insight into just how much of a bad idea signing up for this event might have been! Ha!
Now this endeavour of completing an Ironman is somewhat a selfish one. Always about improving oneself and getting better split times, and improving performance, I felt like I could do something bigger with this race than just cross the finish line (fingers crossed!). It was an easy decision to pick Her International as a non-profit organization to raise money towards, given their pursuit of providing education to young Nepali females and financial aid to Nepali women to aid their business pursuits.