"Chris, a radio presenter from York, got roped into doing his first ever GO TRI event live on air when GO TRI organiser Lisa Ballantine visited them at the station to promote the event."
I have just completed my first duathlon. I am quite active as I visit the gym three times a week and do various workouts with my personal trainer, Stefan McGuigan. I also regularly talk about my weight as I have a thyroid problem and really struggle to lose weight but despite this I am incredibly active.
I am a breakfast radio broadcaster on YO1 radio (www.yo1radio.co.uk) and we have recently launched the OASIS project – Off a seat, into sport! The project is aimed at getting people to try different sporting activities and take a risk and do something completely out of their comfort zone.
Lisa Ballantine from York Tri came onto the show one morning to talk about her event. It’s thanks to this that I got roped into participating LIVE ON AIR!
For weeks leading up to the event, I was nervous as anything, but I had good support with Lisa by my side. She told me that I was going to be fine and that I would actually enjoy the event. I of course didn’t believe her.
I was nervous as I hadn’t been on a bike for 7 years and my running wasn’t the best, but despite all this I was willing to give it a go. I had to showcase what the OASIS project was all about and to promote triathlon clubs as the hidden gems of the world.
When the morning finally arrived, I couldn’t help but be a bag of nerves. I kept thinking to myself that I would let everyone down or mess up in some way or worse, something would go horribly wrong.
When I arrived at the event I was presented with the number 13 entry number. This is not great for someone who is incredibly superstitious. I could only think that something would go horribly wrong.
The skies were blue; the sun was shining and there was an indescribable buzz around the place. A fair few people who attended the event were beginners and had never done anything like this before, so I was amongst some rookies to say the least.
We made our way around to the start of the course, were told what to expect by the marshals. This wasn’t a race it was just for our own personal bests. Before the GO TRI, I had asked my 9-year-old son how he came second in the school sports day races. He told me something that floated around my head the whole time, “When you feel like giving up, push harder”. These were very wise words for a 9-year-old.
I set off running across a field, reassured again by Lisa at the start of the event, remembering to control my breathing as instructed by my personal trainer and to just take the pace easy. The time seemed to pass very quickly and before I knew it I was in the transition stages to the bike. Like I mentioned I hadn’t ridden a bike in 7 years but now here I was riding across some fields for the first time in 7 years. At some pace too. I was riding across a beautiful backdrop…and a bunch of cows!
Before I knew it I was back on my feet running across the field, into the beck and over the finish line, greeted by Lisa who crossed the line with me and looked as proud as punch.
The support from the marshals, the mentorship from Lisa and the feeling of conquering the duathlon made me beam from ear to ear…What was this feeling? I was smiling, not because I was knackered? No! It was the biggest sense of achievement that I have had in a long while.
I urge anybody to try it out, step out of your comfort zone and GO TRI. You may, just may, like it a lot!
If you want to give GO TRI a go, visit out What’s On page to find one local to you.
To find out more about the OASIS project click here.