“Triathlons require an aptitude in not only 1 discipline but 3. The combination of swimming, cycling and running in one race is an endurance athletes ultimate challenge. even the “sprint” distance is an ENDURANCE race”
MY TRIATHLON JOURNEY
Like most things I do my triathlon journey started pretty abruptly, one day I woke up and decided I wanted to finish a triathlon. I searched online and discovered their was a race taking place in 4 weeks around my local area. Without much thought I signed up. I had no idea about different distances, I’d never ridden a road bike before but I’d always been a swimmer and had taken up running throughout my teens so thought I’d be alright. I bought a cheap/beginner (still expensive) road bike and started riding whilst upping my running and swimming training. Before I knew it 4 weeks past and it was time to race. There was two races throughout the day, the sprint distance 800m swim/20km ride/5km run and an enticer distance 400m swim/10km ride/2.5km run. I entered both and somehow came top 5 in both races. I came out of the water top 3, lost more than 10 places during the ride and caught up during the run in both races, I hated the ride. However I was hooked and entered another 8 sprint and olympic distance triathlons throughout the 18/19 summer season. Once the season finished I wanted to start training over winter to complete in the IRONMAN distance (3.8km swim/180km ride/42km run), however due to my financial situation that occurred from spending all my money climbing mountains for my seven summit project I had to sell my bike. Since then I haven’t competed in another triathlon however took up ultramarathons and started to swim in long distance open water swims. I plan to return to triathlons sooner rather than later to add the IRONMAN distance to my endurance athlete resume.