The tale of 10:59:59

August 2012

This is where it all began in 2011. The beginning was the story of my dream – a dream not to feel confined by illness and to set goals.

Three and a half years ago I had a surgery and got my colon removed because of a disease called ulcerative colitis. The result was an ileostomy. This means that you get a bag on your stomach and your digestion is different than normal. As a result, one need more fluid and has the absorption of vitamins and minerals do not work quite as well as normal. There is also practicalities in the “bandage” to be changed several times a week and I depend on visiting the toilet a few more times than normal during the day.

Right from the start I have had the attitude that this should not change my life, that I would still be able to do what I want, do not let myself restrict and live exactly as before. Of course with the small practical changes now necessary. I have therefore from the beginning followed my dreams and lived a “normal” life. I’ve been struggling to get back on my bike and do bicycle racing, just as I have done in the last 10 years. Since the surgery I’ve been skiing more than ever before, and last but not least, I have taken the ultimate physical challenge – conducting a long-distance triathlon, also called an Ironman.

And let it be already said – the goal was not only to reach the finish line! I set myself a goal – a goal that required effort, but would also make me proud. The goal was simply to finish Challenge Copenhagen 2012 less than 11 hours, that is 10:59:59.

This blog is about my journey towards the goal, welcome!

Morten Sommer


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The tale of 10:59:59
Where it all started. The first mission to prove that a bag is not the end started with finishing an ironman distance triathlon in less than 11 hours.