Category: Triathlon Life

Planning your triathlon events when it’s just for fun

As someone who happily plods round their triathlons, I hesitate to call my competitions “races”. Let’s face it, the only person I’m racing is myself (and possibly the handful of others vying for last place).

So I prefer to call them “events”. And I love them. For me, events are my reward for putting in all that training. The atmosphere, excitement and the buzz. I’d happily do one every weekend if only the body and budget would allow.

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How I fell in love with Triathlon

Let’s face it – I’m a very unlikely triathlete.

I’ve always loved sport – as a spectator.

As a child, attempts at taking part usually ended in misery. At my school we played hockey and netball – both particularly unpleasant when you’re short, slow and with poor hand eye coordination (at least netball was mainly inside). My years as a horse riding teenager ended when I was splatted against a tree, forcing me to realise that actually, I didn’t like horses.

I dabbled in other sports over the years. I was always willing to try things in the hope that I might find something I could manage reasonably competently.

But as I got older I became more and more inactive.

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Life at the back of the triathlon pack

It’s almost exactly 4 years since my first triathlon. What was meant to be a one-off has now become a way of life. In the last 3 years I’ve completed 9 more – mostly sprints with a couple of Olympic distance. Plus some open water swims and an aquathlon.

One thing hasn’t changed – I’m still slow. Slightly faster than that first time but I won’t be troubling the podium any time soon.

Luckily you don’t have to be fast to enjoy triathlon. But life at the back of the pack has it’s own quirks……

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