In 2013, as a 37-year old amateur triathlete living and working in Edinburgh, UK, I decided to take a leap into the unknown and enter the Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon – a much longer triathlon than I’d done before. The race was one of those commonly referred to as a Half Ironman… but ‘Ironman’ is a brand name so I’ll have to settle for the less catchy ‘Middle Distance Triathlon’. The race consisted of a 1.9 km swim in Loch Tay, a 90 km cycle and a 21 km run (in old money that’s a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run (half marathon)). Given these intimidating figures, this blog began as a personal journal about the highs and lows of my training, and other things that occurred to me en route. I wasn’t sure whether I’d mainly be writing for myself, or for other people to read, and expected the project would evolve over time.
Since that race in 2013 it’s become a blog about my progress in middle distance triathlon. After that first race I decided that middle distance was the distance for me, and entered a few more – 2 more in 2014, and 4 in 2015. And I’m already scouting out race options for 2016. In 2014 I qualified to represent Team GB at the European Middle Distance Championships (age group) at the Challenge Rimini race, and in 2015 I became a European Champion at this event (40-44 years age group)! So you could say it’s been going pretty well so far!