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GO TRI helped me when I needed to get back into the sport

I got into triathlon in 2008 when on a health kick, I wanted to lose weight and recover from a painful slipped disc. I had a baby in 2012 and tried to get back into triathlon but it became hard to stay fit due to sleepless nights. After I had finished a race in 2014, my loss of confidence made me decide to stop competing.

When I started to look for races, I stumbled across GO TRI. I had mixed feelings about entering as I wasn’t a beginner in triathlon, but I lacked confidence, so I decided to enter as it felt like the events were aimed at people in similar situations like me. It gave me the opportunity to join an event with low pressure and no expectations – apart from having fun!

I did a GO TRI duathlon at Ripon Racecourse first. Only 3 people took part in the event. I think I finished last, but I loved it. While I was there they were offering free entries to the GO TRI event at the World Triathlon Leeds 2016. I snapped up the spot.

When I attended Leeds, it was wonderful to be part of such a big event. We got to swim where the elite athletes would be swimming later in the day. What an experience! I did my race, in which I struggled throughout, but I was taking part in a massive event and I felt on top of the world.

Having rediscovered my love for the sport, I just wanted to keep improving. I decided to tackle my weight again. Between September 2015 and May 2017, I lost 2 and a half stone. This fuelled my desire to go faster in races.

On July 2017, I was on the start line for the inaugural Edinburgh 70.3 IRONMAN. It was a tough race and many people dropped out during the swim or didn’t manage to finish the bike discipline in time. I managed to finish my race in 7 hours and 49 minutes. Words cannot describe how happy I am to have regained my fitness, health and even identity.

A year later, I am now a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach and I regularly marshal at GO TRI events encouraging others who were just like me when I started. I am even starting my own business in active wellbeing. For me triathlon, and in particular the supportive people involved, has been life changing. I still take on small events but nothing brings me more joy then seeing people faces as they cross the finish line and realise, yes, they can do it too!

Interested in taking on a GO TRI event. You can find one in our What's On section.