Ironman Test Level for Mental Health Awareness

Derry man Colom Quiley could turn his hand to anything.

He was a senior trinity runner for Ireland, a swimmer and a triathlon coach, and was always available to help or advise other athletes.

He also drove taxis, worked as a craftsman and a farmer to support his family and was a wonderful father to his five children.

But in less than a year, in March 2011, the 39-year-old soccer star became so depressed that he committed suicide.

For his son Danny, like the rest of the family, it was a devastating beating.

But in the middle of the year, Danny wanted to learn more about anxiety and depression, raised thousands of pounds for mental health support, and recently set up his own “recovery center” in Dari, where people go for a quiet time.

And tomorrow, when he starts the Deca Ironman (10 Ironman tests in 10 days) to pay tribute to his father and celebrate the 10th anniversary of his death, he will take the biggest test to date.

Every day until August 29, Danny swims 2.4 miles, spins 112 miles, and runs around 26.2 miles northwest, with an average of 12 to 15 hours a day of physical and mental endurance.

Half of the proceeds go to the BogSide and Brandwidth Health Forum (BBHF) in Derri, which provides counseling and mental health services and runs an annual 5-kilogram race in Columbus.

The other half will be donated to the Irish charity Peta – whose family lived in Bert, Copenhagen, at the time of Kole’s death – which provides treatment for suicide, self-harm, or suicide.

Danny started his fundraising campaign, and since then he has been training each one for 150 days.

The 30-year-old runs a gym in New Zealand, New Zealand, in a “community of like-minded people who prioritize physical activity and mental well-being.”

Looking back on his father’s death, Danny said there were signs that something was wrong, but as a young man with no idea of ​​mental health problems, he did not fully understand what was happening or what it meant.

He recalls, “Everything was pink, everything was great and then he went into depression. He really came down and he wasn’t. In hindsight, that was not the only thing.

“One day he was jumping on me. He was about to meet me for a cycle and I went down to his house to find him and he was not ready. He was actually lying in bed.

“My dad was the kind of kid who made sure we all got up, that we weren’t allowed to sleep in our bed during the day.

“It was the first shock to me, the first time I saw him out of the ordinary.

“There were so many things in his life. Many negative things happened at once, and there were worries and anxieties. I think everything is too much.

“To someone who doesn’t know what my father is, they think, ‘That person won’t stop,’ but as a child, I know that the workload and the training load have been halved. It was a big reduction, a big change. ”

Danny, Jack (7), who has two sons, and Malachi, who is two months old, described his father’s death as “the worst in my life.”

But he gives his father the strength he needed to continue – and the positive he created from the tragedy.

“Much (of his strength) came from me and from his whole personality and drive,” he continues.

“It was implanted in us so that we would not be lazy and have that work ethic. He raised us to take care of ourselves, to be healthy, to be healthy.

“After it happened, many of my father’s friends surrounded me and made this shield. Hug me every night and say, ‘What are you going to do tomorrow? Would you like to go for a walk or run with us? Do you want to chat? ‘

They didn’t press me, but only about a week after I was in Limbo, after being on another planet, I said I went back to them and wanted to go out.

“Everyone valued my father very much. If they had any questions about their training, he would ask them. He would have helped them and put them on the right path.

In fact, the annual jog in Bog, in which he participated and encouraged many others, was renamed in memory a year after his death.

The race has raised thousands of people over the years, all of which will return to help the local community.

Danny attended day courses on depression and mental health to find out how his father felt and how he got to that point.

It was scary for me to be so fit and so strong. I could not turn my head. Is it a flash of change or a build of things?

“One of the main things I learned from the lessons was depression and anxiety, you didn’t choose to have it, it’s not selfish.

Learning that gave me so much peace and relief.

After the challenge, Danny also hopes to develop a recovery center that includes equipment such as massage chairs and recovery boots, give them trouble and take care of themselves. ”

Danny’s main focus now is to get him into the upcoming “Mamo test.”

It is “flooded” with donations and support from local companies and individuals who provide training and nutrition.

During the preparation, Danny should eat 16,000 calories per day, which should not be chewed every 20 minutes.

“Chewing takes a lot of energy,” he explains, “and it is hard to do when you are trying to breathe.”

For the second year in a row, O’Neill, co-sponsor of Columbus Kugley Jog in Bog, is also offering all the running equipment he needs, as he needs constant change of clothes.

Danny, who has never competed in a full-time Ironman event but finished on stage for half of the Ironman events, admits to being “disturbed” by the challenge, but to both charities and his father.

He hopes it will not be too windy, otherwise he will “lose power on the bike” and he will remain unharmed.

He added: “Just five days later, I ordered Weiss’s house in Bunkrana to pick him up. “Maybe I’ll sleep the whole time!”

Son Jack (7), meanwhile, is overjoyed.

He runs to everyone saying, “He’s my father’s legend,” so that’s fine. He knows I will do it for my dad and he loves it, ”says Danny.

Danny has set a £ 10,000 target and is still in good form.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so at


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