A Wheely Wild Weekend…

What a weekend!  Adventure company “Total Experience” pulled out all the stops for our ‘mini-Tri-adventure’ on Sunday which was a warm up for the Concern Tri-adventure challenge in Uganda this November.   Here I’m getting lessons on how to PROPERLY use a mountain bike.  I quickly realised I didn’t have a clue about how the gears work on a bike, and braking was a bit of a mystery too. The bit of red tape on the right brake helped a lot!

Hiking with Zoe from Concern

We also had a go at kayaking in Blessington Lake, and here I am hiking with Zoe from Concern who is also travelling to Uganda.

On Saturday I was out kayaking with a gaggle of girlfriends on the Liffey with Adventure Training Ireland – at their City Kayak base at the Jeanie Johnston near the IFSC.   The sun came out and it was absolutely fantastic to be doing adventurous things without having to wipe rain drops from the end of my nose!


Thanks to Donny McCobb from ATI on the right; and Councillor Michael Beecher – my ground support team on the left 😉

Friday wasn’t officially a ‘training day for Uganda’ but it can’t have hurt.   I joined a team from 98FM for a ‘Dip in the Dock’ at Grand Canal Quay – for HAVEN..

We had to dive in, swim to a buoy and then swim back and clamber back onto the pontoon outside Ocean Bar.   It was meant to be 100m… but I’m sure someone moved the buoy….   A LOT!


Clean pair of ‘pink’ heels going in…

A lot less graceful getting out!

The fun really all started on Thursday when I had my 4th lesson on the Liffey with the Wild Water Kayak Club – Andy was tightening the straps on the kayaks, and cracking up the tension in other ways too….we took on Lucan Weir and got our first taste of white water – very scary.  I spent a sizeable amount of the lesson UNDER my kayak!  Think I’ll need a bit more practice before Uganda.













  • Communicorp
  • Danone
  • Irish Farmers’ Journal
  • Dublin Airport Authority
  • WeightWatchers, Ireland
  • Limerick City & County Enterprise Board
  • ‘Foot In The Door’ Media Trainer for Independent Commercial Radio, Ireland
  • Clare County Enterprise Board
  • Carlow County Enterprise Board
  • Great Outdoors
  • Adrian Hendroff ‘From High Places’
  • Chernobyl Children International
  • Concern Ireland
  • The Hope Foundation
  • LauraLynn Childrens’ Hospice
  • Travel Department
  • Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race
  • 98FM Dublin
  • Newstalk
  • TodayFM Radio
  • Learning Waves Skillnet
  • BCFE, Ballyfermot
  • Pat Falvey, 'The Summit Book'