Dad’s attempt at an unusual world record inspired by his son who has cystic fibrosis

Dad’s attempt at an unusual world record inspired by his son who has cystic fibrosis

by Henry James (August 2022)

INSPIRED by his son Arthur, seven, who has cystic fibrosis, Skelmersdale resident Ryan Abbott is hoping to create a new world record with a 140.6 mile triathlon attempt on Sunday, September 11.

However, Ryan is planning to tackle the event – a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.22 mile run – breathing only through his nose.

The whole ‘Big Nose Challeng’e , which will start at the Three Sister’s Water Ski Club in Bryn, near Wigan, will be completed in one day in the north-west of England.

Ryan will tackle the 2.4 mile swim, wearing a snorkel adapted to prevent him from breathing through his mouth.

He will then cycle along the Leeds and Liverpool canal before joining the road at Burscough and then loop through the surrounding countryside by road to complete the 112 mile ride.

Ryan will finally run 26.2 miles along the canal to complete the 140.6 mile challenge, in Wigan.

He will do it all just breathing through his nose, only opening his mouth while moving to eat or drink.

Ryan will be raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Care, a charity that provides essential services and equipment, practical help and support to children and adults with CF as well as their families and Specialist Care Centres. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive, genetic condition that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. This can lead to inflammation and respiratory infections, digestive issues and a range of other complications.

His son Arthur was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at five weeks old so Ryan understands the challenges and worries that CF can bring to patients and their families.

In recent years Ryan has been on a mission to learn all the tools, hacks and ways to be able to support not only his son’s health but his own mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

When he started to realize the benefits of conscious functional breathing he decided he wanted to share, teach, guide and inspire others to implement this way of breathing for themselves.

This huge World Record Breaking challenge is just one part of his ongoing mission.

To support Ryan’s fundraising triathlon world you can make a donation at:

Follow Ryan’s challenge on instagram and the hashtag #thebignosebreathingchallenge

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