Naakesha Michl’s alternative Half Ironman
On the 28th June Naakesha should have been taking part in a Half ironman, but as with many events this year this sadly wasn’t to be.
Not letting Covid-19 stop her, Naakesha decided to take on the challenge in a revised format, from home!
Mental health is a topic that is very close to my heart: it is no secret that, despite my confident and outgoing personality, I suffered badly with anxiety as a teenager and in my early 20s. At the time, no one except family knew, as I learnt to mask it and function at a high level regardless. Living through those times and hiding what was really going on was torturous, and it need not have been. As I got older, I realised that it wasn’t a healthy or effective way to live and sought help from family, friends and professionals. I now understand that speaking about mental health, and encouraging others to do so too, is the best way to help other people. For this reason, I am going to complete my half ironman distance event in the format below, using this as an opportunity to promote and raise money for Leeds Mind: