‘I Did it!’ – the first words out of my mouth as I crossed the finish line.
Now, 2 weeks after completing my first triathlon, I must say I am hooked and ready to sign up for the next one – it really is addictive!
My experience of race day was positive. I arrived about an hour before the race, I and was incredibly nervous. But the marshals (all members of Black Country Triathletes) were so friendly and helpful they put me at ease straight away. After registering, I set up my bike in the transition area and got my tri-suit on. Then, it was just a matter of getting my ankle chip and queuing up in my starting position!
The swim was well organised and both the run and cycle routes are lovely – the atmosphere could not have been more supportive or friendly.
So, let’s go back to the last weeks of my training. Suffice to say, it was bad.
My right ankle has been a problem throughout and has made me pull back on training several times: with both a mild Achilles Tendinopathy and Tibialis Posterior Strain, my running took the biggest hit. And as your probably saw from the Facebook pictures, Marty was doing some overtime keeping me going!
Like any Tendinopathy, it was important that I continued to load in a safe way; I added a loading regime in to my training as well as lots of trigger point release with the spiky ball, foam rolling (eugh! – yes, I hate it as much as you!) and the use of dynamic tape for my runs. I also incorporated lots of glut, quad and hamstring strengthening mainly through Pilates.
To add insult to injury, I came down with a cold and throat infection the week running up to the race and still didn’t feel 100% race day.
Without all of this rehab I would have struggled to keep up with the amount of training I wanted to do and possibly may not have been able to complete at all. Luckily, even though I felt a bit poorly, my ankle held up well, and I really enjoyed myself!
A massive thank you again to everyone who donated and supported Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – my target was £250, we ended up raising over £550. Amazing! This will do so much for the charity and the families living with Duchenne’s.
Anyone thinking of giving it a go don’t hesitate you will love it – put the training in, listen to your body and don’t over-train. And, most importantly, enjoy it!