On Sunday, November 4, quadriplegic Sid James competed in the Murray Man Half Ironman at Barmera.
The Murray Man was a warm up for the combination of Kevin Fergusson and Victor Harbor’s Sid James, ahead of the full Ironman event at Busselton in Western Australia on December 2.
In Barmera, Sid was once again towed through the course of a two kilometre swim, 90 kilometre bike ride and 21 kilometre run by his good mate, triathlete Kevin Fergusson.
“We were faster this time than we were 18 months ago, as we get into full swing for Busselton,” Sid said.
“Busselton will be a good test and to be honest, I am a bit scared, because I have never done an event double the size of the one we did in Barmera. My health is good and Kevin is a little bit worn out after Barmera, but should be in top shape come December 2.”
Kevin and Sid will take on the 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre bike ride and the 42 kilometre run, which is tough enough for any Ironman to take on, let alone an Ironman, who has to tow Sid around the course.
“Kevin has put pressure on me to lose seven kilograms, so I will be 65 kilograms on race day. The lighter the better for Kevin,” Sid said.
Sid has support from the Calvary support crew, Brad Butler, Steve Brooks and Kevin. “Kevin allows me to take part in events that unfortunately, because of my accident 25 years ago, I cannot compete in individually,” Sid said.