Tail End Trier
Triathlon day was amazing (you can read a full account here). The camaraderie, the support and the sheer thrill of achieving something I never thought I could do. I wasn’t fast. It certainly wasn’t graceful, but I got round and could call myself a triathlete.
What I didn’t realise was that day was just the start.
Having caught the exercise bug, I kept going.
The following year I did a couple of iconic open water swims – the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere and the Dee (half) Mile at Chester. Plus another triathlon. Open water swimming became a passion but I also continued to cycle and run (my hip finally sorting itself out). The next year I really went for it with 4 triathlons, including my first attempt at Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10k run). I bought myself a road bike and learned to ride “clipped in”.
I’ve now done many triathlons, aquathlons (swim & run), open water swims and 10k runs. It really has completely changed my life. The one thing that hasn’t changed is that I’m still slow and you’ll invariably find me at the back of the pack. My swimming is adequate, my cycling weak and my running definitely more tortoise than hare.
What I do have is bags of determination and ability to keep going. Triathlon has brought me fitness, friendship and rebuilt the confidence that cancer shook.
And now I’m using it to start a new venture – an online triathlon club for “back of the pack” triathletes. Called Tail End Triers; it’s a community for anyone who loves to swim, bike and run. A place to come for encouragement, motivation and support without feeling too old, slow or the wrong shape.
These days I hardly notice my lopsided body shape. It’s who I am now. I possess an impressive collection of false boobs (my aqua knocker has seen me through most of my events). I grumble about the lack of mastectomy sports bras for anyone larger than a D cup. I have a wobble when my annual check-up comes around. But life is good.