Totally Unfit, Hate Running, Never Raced: Doing the London Triathlon 2013

I’ve signed up for the London Triathlon. One minute I’m running at the gym imagining myself crossing the finishing line, literally the next I feel like I’m going to be sick and I ponder breaking my leg in June time to get out of it. I’m locked in to this thing though. Flight Centre – who I work for – have nominated Make a Wish as their charity of the year and between us all we’ve pledged to raise £100k for kids to be granted their last wishes. I want to raise £500 from doing the London Triathlon.

Just watch the videos on the MakeaWishUK YouTube to see how important this charity is, for the kids and the parents. If you want to help them, and inspire me, please sponsor me on my justgiving page.

London triathlon

The challenge

I’ve not made things easy for myself, this is no ‘sitting in a bath of baked beans’ kind of challenge. I have to go from ‘it hurts to walk up the stairs’ to ‘swim, cycle and run, one after the other for many, many km’. 

London Triathlon Swim: I can swim, which is a start. The trouble is I prefer the more gentle breast stroke rather than front crawl. I haven’t been to a swimming pool for approximately 4 months, since I enjoyed the hotel pool in Sharm el Sheikh.

Cycle: I used to bike the 8-mile round trip to work every day so at least I know I can do a bit of distance, although I haven’t ridden since September. My bike was stolen on New Year’s Eve too, so I need to make a purchase asap.

Run: This is where the problems begin. I hate running, it hurts and I don’t understand why people do it for fun. I did do a 5k Santa Fun Run last year without too much of a problem, so I just need to think positively and probably up the training from once a week.

  • I’ll keep you updated on my progress, which I need to step up if I’m going to cross that finishing line on Saturday 28th July.

Please sponsor me…

Just really enjoyed this article on The 8 Most Badass Make a Wish Foundation Wishes, but most kids just want something simple. The wishes cost, on average, £4,000 each, although some can come in at a lot cheaper.

Check out this little dude getting his wish to meet and help Spiderman…

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  1. by Monica on February 24, 2013  8:08 pm Reply

    Scared. Really, really scared!

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