People deal with Grief in different ways. Some campaign to change laws, some seek venegence, others may fall into deep depression and hate with the world.
For me, it's been a voyage of discovery, both though my writing and with my counselling college course. Understanding a bigger picture in the attempt to make my pain seem somewhat smaller. The theory that your grief does not shrink, but if you grow around it the perception will be that it is smaller, or less of you.
There is another way. To put your body under so much physical pain that the mental anguish is almost drowned out. To use the emotional pain in an outward, palpablel way, so that it can't eat you up internally. This is Chris's way.
Today he takes on The Snowman. Not a cute Oleg type battle, but no less crazy & surreal:
The Craft Snowman is well known as the toughest multi-terrain triathlon in the UK. The second instalment of the Adventure Championships, the Snowman Triathlon is the ultimate challenge and not for the faint-hearted.
1.5K Swim, 69.8K Bike, 8.4K Run
It sounds awful to me anyway, but the distances don't tell the full story about the terrain that will be travelled.
A swim in Llynnau Mymbyr lake at the base of Snowdon, that can best be described as "choppy", then a bike up Tan y Grisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog and on up the Crimea pass, with further climbs up to Capel Curig and the Plas Y Brenin mountain centre before you reach transition.
Finally, and the reason that the Snowman Triathlon regularly gets called the toughest multi-terrain triathlon in the UK, you must summit a mountain; Moel Siabod, the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range.
Not your normal Sunday Morning.
I'm incredibly proud of Chris, and the training for the event has taken lots of work. You can follow his progress on Instagram @chrisnmenzies
As always the additional motive is to raise awareness and money for Sepsis Research. Most of you know Lauren's story, the speed with which she became ill, the fight to save her. Alder Hey literally tried everything but it wasn't enough.
Sepsis Research are funding new techniques for treating Sepsis so that in the future, when we try to help those suffering with Sepsis, it will be enough.
Their website not only explains more about this research, but also contains lots more crucial information regarding the signs and symptoms of Sepsis.
If you do want to support Sepsis Research, and also give Chris a little boost on his Sunday morning activities, this is the link to the Just Giving Page.
As always, thankyou for reading and donating.
The swim starts at 8.30 am today, wish him luck.