Lauren was 20 when she did her first triathlon and regrets waiting nearly 10 years to get back into the sport.
How much sport were you doing before that/how would you describe yourself fitness-wise?
I decided at age 29 I was going to do triathlon again and I literally went from ‘I should really do more exercise’ but doing nothing to training about 5 times a week to achieve the goal. I was probably average fitness, felt young but doing bad things like drinking and partying too much ? I’d had gym memberships, on and off, but they never stuck.
How long did you allow for training before you competed?
I started training about seven months before the triathlon myself and my friend had picked to enter.
What was the hardest thing about the training?
At first it was literally getting out of bed to go for the early morning runs. I knew running would be by weakest and I needed to keep practising. I had a friend who I trained with, about three times a week, and knowing she was getting out of bed in the cold too, got me out.
Is there anything that would have made training easier/more enjoyable?
I enjoyed training a lot because I did most of it with two other girls who had the same goal. Having more feedback that I was on the right track would have helped, but wanting that eventually drove my desire to become a coach!
Did you complete the race first time?
Yes. And loved every minute – it wasn’t easy but it was definitely fun.
Was there anything that you got wrong – equipment/training/other preparation?
Practicing a transition really helped. It can be quite confusing when you have people all around you who’ve done it many times before.
Did you feel like giving up at any point? When/why What made you keep going?
Never on race day – by then it was in for a penny! But definitely doing the training, cold mornings, cold hands on the bike, knowing that if I gave up I’d let my friends down was a huge motivator.
How did you feel at the end?
Proud, excited, elated, so happy!!! Then that I definitely still had a bit left in the tank and I needed to go faster next time!
Did you want to do another one straight away/never……?
I was addicted! It was fun and social doing it with friends, I started to love the training more as it made my body feel good, I wanted to test how far I could push myself.
Would you say it has enhanced other areas of your life -if so how?
Triathlon has changed my life viagra sicher kaufen. I’ve gone from a party girl reputation to a strong fit girl reputation. I care more for myself and the limits I want to push are with healthy activities not unhealthy ones!
Just out of interest – are you still doing them?
I have my eye on another international half iron distance, later on in the year, but have not booked yet, trying to rope some friends into coming ?
How do you approach training?
My approach is generally to try and do each discipline twice a week and, an extra one for the weakest discipline for me – running
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