Road to Ironman 70.3 Taupo for Rosy May

By Kristin Paddy

THE WHY

Two years ago in August, we lost our dear friend Rosy May, to her battle with mental illness. As a way to honour her memory, I began training earlier this year to complete a half-Ironman event, which takes place on December 7, 2019 in Taupo.

It's been a dream of mine to complete a half-Ironman, after watching a friend compete in a full Ironman. A half-Ironman is made up of a 2km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km ride. It's a challenge I've considered to be one of the biggest I could personally ever face - mentally and physically.

I've walked alongside and witnessed too many loved ones struggle against the darkness, so my aim is that by raising funds and awareness, I can help lighten the load.

So, as a part of this journey I'm wanting to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. The Mental Health Foundation works with individuals and communities to improve and sustain mental health and to provide tools and support for those who are dealing with hardship.

Mental illness can affect anyone and take on many different forms. It is so important to take care of one another, check in on even the strongest friends among us - to show up, follow up and keep the people in our lives safe. 

Any amount that you choose to donate is massively appreciated by myself, and by anyone who's ever struggled or is currently struggling. Thank you also for taking the time to read about my reason for this journey and fundraising. 

If you're reading this and up for a swim, run and cycle with me - that too is always welcome! Every little bit counts. It's 14 weeks until the event, so it's crunch time. I'm ready to commit, work and hope that on the day, I can make Rosy May proud.

Thank you to my Supporters

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Jay Culhane

Well done Kristin! Rosy would be so stoked!

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Jaymee Cleave

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Courtney Mcskimming

Good luck and go well For Rosy May xx

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WASIIIBASIII goodlluckkk KP

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Briar Paterson

❤️

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Martinique Van Ryn

You're an absolute legend x

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J Dickson

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Meenal

You're an inspiration, KP - all the best for this weekend x

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Steffi And Woody

So proud of you KP ❤️

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Emma Davie

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Raquel Burton

Such admiration for you & your cause. Go smash it!

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Blake Gordon

Amazing effort champion!

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Farrimond

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Irma Mawson

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Allmi

So proud of you girl, an incredible undertaking for an incredible cause! Keep up the hard work, will be cheering you on all the way! x

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Anonymous

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Ben Soole

Surely up the carbs!

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Steph Fowler

KP you stunner! The growth I have seen from this journey of yours is like none other. I am so proud of you for your dedication and determination. You will likely inspire me out of this post marathon hole I am in, just in time for a cheeky last minute half marathon sign up perhaps? Keep up the mahi, I cannot wait to see you succeed xx

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Tegan Mander

Make our girl proud xx

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Leona Tian

Such a beautiful cause, go you my dear friend, you're so beautiful from inside out. i will be there supporting you in spirit. xoxo

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Laura Mayhew

You go pooks!

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Anonymous

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Michelle Baldwin

You are one amazing person!

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Sian Van Asbeck

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Deb Simpson

You are inspirational Kristine, what an incredible thing you are doing. All the best you machine 😘

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Sammi Curtis

That’s my girl❤️ You got this!

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Rennie

What a brave thing to do for someone you love, and an important cause... all the best x

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Portia Leet

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Dominique Herewini

Kristin, you little beauty! Thanks for not only being #fitspo but also a major #inspo. Proud to call you my friend. Rosy will be rolling with you all the way in paradise! Xxx

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Laura Knight

Such an important message and cause. G’on yursel KP! I know you’ll give your all and smash it.

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Phill Prosser

Wowee! What an achievement already!

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Mount Drainage Ltd

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Jenny-lee Thomson

You are a superstar Kristin xx

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Sam Burridge

You go K-Paz!

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Alex Gormack

Great cause! Kristin Sending support from the far side of the world

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Jarryd Wallet

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Christopher Stickland

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Anonymous

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Violet Hong

You go girl! Proud of you, and I have no doubt Rosy is too xx

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Emma Smith

Amazingly proud of you lovely, incredible cause to!

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Megan Collier

You got this. So proud of you x

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Sharna Mccleary

You're and inspiration and you'll definitely be making Rosy May proud. Good luck chicky. You'll do great!