How do you get a first time runner and a nervous swimmer to sign up to their first triathlon? Well, to gather my teammates for the Bath Triathlon Pink event on 8th June, it took the false sense of security at a 60th birthday party and only a few drops of wine!
As childhood friends, they hopefully trust me to guide them through their first multi-sport race. But I don't think I'll be working too hard at this event. Triathlon Pink is purely for fun with no pressure to be fast – a perfect introduction to the world of triathlon. And with three novice-friendly distances on offer (we're doing the middle option) anyone can have a go!
Meet the team...
After much gentle persuasion I've signed up and am taking part in Triathlon Pink – my first ever triathlon. Whilst I'm comfortable with running (a love found through taking part in Race For Life) swimming is something of a distant memory left behind at school. With two further charity runs scheduled for this year (10k Bupa run and Royal Parks half marathon) I've reached a point where raising sponsorship for 'yet another run' is proving difficult... And so it is, I have taken the leap from saying 'I really can't take part, I'm a terrible swimmer' to 'I'm in' and I found myself facing a big challenge and a little fear; starting with buying a swimsuit.
I'm looking forward to the race being a team event - race days are so emotionally heightened with fantastic atmosphere, I'm really looking forward to being able to share the day with friends through a team event.
Concerns? Swimming!!! ...And jelly legs from bike to running.
I've always wanted to take part in sporting events, especially those that are for a great cause, but the fear of not being able to make it to the end has always put me off. Now there's a triathlon that can definitely still challenge me but without feeling defeated before I've even started! I'm really looking forward to proving to myself I can do it, especially the run - I have never been a runner and pretty much envy anyone who can do it, so let's hope I don't trip!
Breast Cancer isn't kind or forgiving and without a cause, my motivation would be lacking. So I'm doing it for my mum, no doubt as will many of the ladies I swim, bike and walk* amongst.
* She means 'run'!