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I needed a change so I gave GO TRI a go

I’ve been in to sport for most of my life, trying everything from football to skiing. After becoming bored and suffering injures through regular running, I decided to take on multisports mainly run/bike duathlons as I used cycling to recover from my running injuries.

In May 2016, I ­decided to enter a GO TRI aquathlon event to find out what it was all about. I got a shock to the system when I tried to run out of the pool. I almost quit there and then. Later in the year, I was spectating at an event and decided on the spot that I would give triathlon a go.

I started 2017, with running and cycling being my strongest elements, but I really needed to improve on my swimming. I decided to attend an open day at my local triathlon club Tri-Life and surprisingly won a year’s membership after winning a watt-bike challenge.

After attending regular swim sessions and I soon competed in another GO TRI aquathlon for the second time., this time with added confidence. It wasn’t long after this that I decided to give a full pool-based triathlon a go, which I really enjoyed.

My next big challenge came when I decided to take on an Open Water Swim Session put on by Team Trigma at Hartlepool Marina. The experience was amazing, especially the warm soup and bread roll after.

Eventually I began attending open water swim sessions more regularly to help me prepare for my big triathlon, the Hartlepool Big Lime. The open water and the crowds made me more nervous and after struggling with the open water element, I moved on to my favourite element of the bike. I finished on very tired legs, but I had done it. I had completed my first open water triathlon.

After having a few months off due to injuries, I can’t wait to get back in to racing again. Triathlon gives me a sense of balance in my life, after a busy working week there’s nothing better than getting rid of all the stress and competing in what I enjoy.

I would recommend GO TRI events to anyone who is stuck in a rut with their sport. As you have to do three events, triathlon really does keep you on your toes.

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