From Novice to Triathlete

From Novice to Triathlete
All smiles from Chris the Triathlete!

Completing a triathlon had always been the preserve of younger and fitter people, or so I thought. Yet here I was after six months of training at the start line of my first event.

Standing on the edge of the lake at Hever Castle receiving my pre-race briefing was the realisation that it was about to happen. Entering the lake, I had a temporary flashback to my first pool swim, when I was barely able to swim 25 metres. Thankfully, the water was cold enough to focus my concentration back to the task at hand. Swimming is my weakest discipline, but thanks to some excellent coaching all I could hear in my head was Rob’s voice telling me to keep my legs up. Once I had completed the swim, I could see people cheering me on, and even though I was the last one of my wave to finish; I was still proud to have completed 400 metres.

On arrival at the bike stand my transition was 9 minutes, which I thought was fine, but everyone else thought was enough time to make and drink a cup of tea. The bike ride was as promised started with a cheeky hill, which I had prepared for by taking a gel. Typically, this only kicked in after I had completed the hill. Once my legs had warmed up, the ride was pretty fast and I made up some of the time lost during the swim.

On my return to the bike stand I was prepared to do the run mentally, but my legs were protesting, especially when they realised that the cheeky hills weren’t limited to the ride. However my transition on this stage was quicker and I focussed on the end, which was heralded by cheers in the distance. As with the rest of the event every time I approached a finish line members of Medway Tri were there cheering me on.

I could not have completed this event without the support of my family, the patience of the various discipline coach’s, the friendliness of the members and the inspiration of team Phoenix. As my aim this year was to successfully finish the triathlon, I regarded this as mission accomplished and I have signed up for both Leeds Castle and Hever next year.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 | Category: Public
My Triathlon Experience of a Lifetime

My Triathlon Experience of a Lifetime

It’s been 2 weeks now since I competed in one of the biggest races of my life, it was a lot to take in and only now have I reflected enough (and I have done plenty) to give an accurate description of the whole experience. It’s not just the usual humorous tale of how my race went as Kona certainly...
Posted: Oct 29, 2017 | Category: News  More
From Novice to Triathlete

From Novice to Triathlete

Chris describes his journey from novice to competing in his first Triathlon! An inspiration for others who maybe considering to take the same journey. It was a mission accomplished according to Chris and its only just the beginning........
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 | Category: Public  More
Paul (ALL) Munday Becomes an Ironman for the last time........

Paul (ALL) Munday Becomes an Ironman for the last time........

Balancing his work and family around training, not to mention the expense, not just for the over priced branded race but the constant delivery from Wiggle!,that of course had to be hidden from his wife. (Paul has never eaten so many packs of Haribos), He still managed to put in an excellent...
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 | Category: News  More
Barcelona IRONMAN

Barcelona IRONMAN

An incredible experience and something Ian will never forget. His advice to anyone considering completing an ironman is this…… Do it, ask for advice and take it on board, and above all plan your race and race your plan. After all, anything is possible!
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 | Category: News  More
Louise Smashes Her 1st Triathlon

Louise Smashes Her 1st Triathlon

Louise has successfully competed in her first ever triathlon. After thinking she couldn't ever complete one, Louise has now overcome this 'cant do' attitude and replaced it with a 'this girl can' attitude.
Posted: Sep 25, 2017 | Category: News  More
Lilly Gibbs is set for Stardom!

Lilly Gibbs is set for Stardom!

The British Triathlon Youth & Junior Super Series is designed to bring together the best young triathletes from across the UK, so they can race head to head at the best and most exciting venues in the country. To race in a super series events you must complete the assessment day in which you are...
Posted: Jul 31, 2017 | Category: News  More
"Ooooo La la" Madamoiselle Hovenden!

"Ooooo La la" Madamoiselle Hovenden!

Jo Hovenden shares her friendly (talk to me) face across the water in her first French Triathlon. Impressing spectators with her elegance during her bike dismount whilst claiming 4th Lady!
Posted: Jul 11, 2017 | Category: News  More
Leeds Castle Junior Aquathlon.

Leeds Castle Junior Aquathlon.

Abigail Garthwaite gives a excellent account of her experience during the Junior Aquathlon held at Leeds Castle. A positive attitude is demonstrated throughout her race, proving she is developing into a wonderful athlete.
Posted: Jun 26, 2017 | Category: News  More
Lilly proves she can race with the Big Girls!

Lilly proves she can race with the Big Girls!

Lilly describes how she climbed mountains, went through desserts and almost died of dehydration to accomplished a big milestone that can now be checked off her bucket list.
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 | Category: News  More
Gabby's Determination Succeeds in Leeds!

Gabby's Determination Succeeds in Leeds!

Determined to compete and despite previous injury and a fall off her bike, Gabby proved that when she sets herself a goal, then there is no stopping her. Go Gabby!
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 | Category: News  More

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