For years now I have wanted to do the Great North Run, half marathon and completed a triathlon. Neither did I think was ever possible. I never had the confidence to believe I could do it and I didn’t always have people around me to support me. Then January came and so did some confidence.
I bit the bullet and enter the Ponteland Triathlon believing I had time to train and be ready. I read advice and training plans and most helpful of all I asked question on a triathlon board. They listened and really helped by answering all of my silly questions. Then just after I entered that I got an email to say I had got a place in the ballet for the Great North Run (GRN). I was terrified but determined. I also entered other less challenging events throughout the year but those were my biggies.
The Triathlon was in July and I started training (after a chest infection) in February. I made a plan and I stuck to it. I never missed a training date unless it could be rescheduled for that week. What was I more important was that I enjoyed it and worked hard. I started to swim with a group once a week and that really helped. I felt focussed and driven something I thought I would never feel. Before the event I was nervous and started doubting myself asking; what it I was last, what if everyone was super fit and they were closing the finish line before I finished, what if I got a flat tyre and so on. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. I was nowhere near last and for my swim I was actually 3rd fastest for my ages group (very proud of that). The weather was shocking and I had never cycled in the rain (bouncing rain) but I loved it and the run was not very scenic but was easy going. I hesitate to say I could have done more. I loved it and am hooked. It was amazing and I have talked a few people into doing at least one this year.
The GRN was a whole different kettle of fish. As soon as I finished the Triathlon I had to focus on distance running. This does not come naturally to me and I found it really challenging. I ran with a wonderful little running club and couldn’t have done it without them, especially Andy. On the day I ran with Natalie and she really made all the difference. I loved it. As I rounded the last corner and realised I had about a mile and a half to go, I was so emotional as I realised I could do it. I honestly thought beforehand that I would never do it. All I wanted to run it all and I ran it all, enjoyed it all and honestly never hit the wall or anything like that. I would 100% do it again. It was amazing and all those weeks of hard work paid off. Amazing.
So what about 2015, well I had big plans but never in a 100 years did I think my college life would take over like it has so it means I need to be realistic and not out too much pressure on myself. I am itching to get a wetsuit and start swimming outside. I am not sure that is going to happen as I am not sure I have the time to commit to it. That said the aim is to do 3 pool triathlons this year and I even have my eyes set on three. The only down side is the crazy cost of them. That said I am excited. I will also be taking part in a few 10k’s along the way starting with my first in March. So bring it on 2015, I can’t wait.