||Until May 2014 I couldn’t run for a bus, let alone a 5K. Having seen a marathon in France in which you drink wine, I decided that would be fun so started running. I ran my first parkrun that July and met some fantastic people, some of whom were members of Ashford Tri Club. Everyone said what a friendly club it was and what brilliant training opportunities there were. So, I joined, expecting to do nothing more than run a few races. By May 2015, thanks to Ruth, I had learnt to swim (albeit slowly!), completed my first marathon in under 5 hours and had bought a bike, to start training for my first triathlon. However, due to my own clumsiness, I had an accident and fractured my hip. The support from ATC was amazing, even though I was unable to train properly until the autumn.
But when I did get back to training, the coaches and the rest of the club were incredibly supportive and helped me to get my strength, confidence and fitness back. My confidence and fitness are still a bit lacking, but being part of such a friendly club, there is always someone to train with, whether it’s a long run or a short bike ride.
Since then, I’ve completed 3 sprint tri’s (awesome fun!) and am training for the marathon du Medoc in September 2016. My goals for next year are just to get a bit quicker, more confident and maybe a longer distance tri.
Who knows! All I know is that I’m fitter than I have ever been, I’ve made some really lovely friends and have had lots of fun along the way. Oh & I still can’t run for a bus