Have run casually for years, especially at uni in my early 20s. Cycled often with my purple fold up bike too with much success, against traffic, in hilly Wales… Bought a road bike in 2007 and joined Ashford Wheelers CC in July 2008. Raced until 2014 with their club and bought a carbon triathlon/tt bike in 2009, not realising the benefit of it straight away, nor any of the potential. Struggled for comfort with racing saddles, so short and sweet races of 25 miles were the most i would do.
First run race was Givaudan 10k 2013, as prep for Chilham Castle 10k which would be with my sister and brother in law. My personal trainer suggested i get in touch with Ashford Tri Club as a way to train and improve my ability for the run. It was inspired and i raced as ATC with the club for the first time at Givaudan. It was a thrill despite the soaking rain. I loved the club spirit and it became addictive to go out running, cycling and learn to swim front crawl over winter as a team.
First multisport was Hole Park Cross Country Duathlon 2014 and it broke me, having thought the super distance might be a “slightly” reasonable challenge. Won 3rd man trophy nevertheless. Sevenoaks sprint tri was next and new issues, like stomach cramp and chilling conditions.
Having solved most issues, gained confidence, new friends and found a level of form, particularly on the “love/hate” tt bike, Olympic distance and half ironman x2 followed in the debut season with great ATC rivalry. Ironman distance was next logical step and having seen some impressive club performances at the Outlaw, i entered for 2015, then thought about what a challenge that might be. Hmm, underestimated slightly.
2015 was exciting with a Hole Park rematch. East Grinstead then and in the ‘ironman mindset’ of being calculated. That went out the window with a dropped chain. Fury followed, dashing back on the bike and flat out on the run. Realising i can be quick! Eventually the Outlaw arrived with no running, from injuries, casual bike training and minimal swim practice. Not prepared at all and raced to finish. It was a thrill despite a fall on the bike all by myself and a painful 96 miles of riding one armed. 13.5hrs were a life changing moment.
This year is ultra marathon time and preparations for much better races. Triathlon has been the best thing ever. Looking forward to 2016 with the inspirational ATC.
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