Starting A Blog

Posted on: 02 Apr 2017

I was first inspired by triathlon during the 2012 London Olympics. I’d always enjoyed swimming and used to love it as a sixth former. Nothing competitive, just a friend and I hitting the pool once a week to get some lengths in. Being in the water is still one of my favourite things, but by the start of 2012 I’d put on weight and knew I needed to do something about it.

In the Spring of 2012 I joined a running club and within two years had run the London Marathon. I was still a little overweight and still am, but I’d found some undiscovered fitness through running. I’d also got back in the pool and entered my first ever open water swimming race in the summer of 2013. Triathlon, though, was something that appealed far more. Brownlee, Gomez, Brownlee. The speed at which they came off the bike to run 10K in London 2012 was nothing less than incredible. I think Alistair ran that 10K only 97 seconds slower than Mo Farah’s Gold winning effort that summer, a fact which I’m still struggling to comprehend and that’s not even the fastest 10K recorded at an Olympic distance race.

At that time, I didn’t own a bike and, if I’m honest, I don’t ever remember being particularly fond of cycling. That didn’t matter. I bought a bike and within a matter of months I had fallen off and fractured my elbow.

Four weeks with no exercise whatsoever was followed by four more weeks of limited gym sessions. It felt as though I could only sit, wait and be an armchair athlete. Watching clips of past races on YouTube during my lunch break with my frustration at not being able to exercise only increasing. It took a little while to get the confidence back on the bike once I’d recovered, but I could swim and run again. By the end of 2015 I had just about managed to get the hang of the whole cycling thing and had completed two Olympic distance triathlons.

However, it was something before the injury that changed my life and my motivation. The discovery of the ITU series. Six months of races over Sprint and Olympic distances that allowed the best to compete against each other regularly and in some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

From the spectacular beaches of the Gold Coast, the urban setting of a Hamburg or Stockholm to the stunning Hawrelak Park lake in Edmonton, the ITU Series just makes you want to be there. It’s the feeling of wanting both to race and holiday at the same time. As a subscriber to Triathlon Live I can watch the past races again and again. I can have triathlon on in the background at home or, more usually, on my phone at the gym where the likes of Jorgensen, Gomez, Mola, Duffy, Murray, Holland, Stanford and, obviously, the Brownlees, constantly inspire me to pedal harder on the Watt Bike.

I simply can’t get enough of it and I think I enjoy watching as much, and occasionally more so, than swimming, cycling and running myself!

It’s got to the extent where my wife now calls me a fanboy. It was her who suggested that I write about triathlon, possibly as a means of getting me to shut up about it for a while. She doesn’t mind triathlon being on in the background, but she certainly doesn’t care about whether Richard Varga is first out of the water again or not. So, here I am. A fanboy starting a blog about triathlon.

Hopefully I’ll find enough readers to find my ramblings enjoyable. The next piece will almost certainly be about the Super League Triathlon event that took place at Hamilton Island. I was going to make that my first piece, but I don’t think I’ve re-watched the medley of races and twists on the swim, bike, run discipline enough to do it justice. I fully intend to watch as much of the three-day event today as time allows. With the ITU Series only one race down, I hope to blog as much as possible about the professionals with the occasional reference to my own hapless efforts.

Thanks for reading x

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