I Started running after having kids to try and get fit, loved the running, completed a number of 1/2 marathons and London full marathon in 2014, something I never thought possible.
When and why did you start triathlon?
A few good friends started with NTC, I laughed when they suggest I should give it a go. I could hardly float never mind swim and as for the bike – I could hardly run without falling never mind trying to ride a bike, but I am always up for a laugh and went to the coached swimming lessons in November 2013. The coached swimming sessions helped me develop confidence in the water, I always said I couldn’t swim but by February 2014 I was swimming up and down that pool with no bother. I loved the social aspect, made great friends and the encouragement was great – mr. Burke kept me in line – I was a bit of a chatterbox, but he made sure I put everything into the session.
I never gave any thought to swimming in Camlough lake, in my head it was never going to be an option, I was terrified of any open water, or lakes, especially Camlough. I nearly drown in it when I was around 14 yrs old and since then never even dipped a toe in it. I remember the first time zipping up in this wetsuit thingy and standing at the lake shaking ready to make a run for it when David Burke grabbed my hand and gently persuaded me to go in😫. He stayed with me the whole swim and before I knew it I had swam 250m. That evening was a turning point, From then In I spend must evenings with great friends go for a practice swims and cycling after. We soon became known as the rubber duckies. In 2014 I went on to do CLWF Tri a Tri, Muckno Tri, Newry Tri and Lord and Lady of the Lake. Unfortunately in 2015 I wasn’t able to train, but I’m back and have already set goals for 2016.
Favourite event to date?
Muckno, it’s a great wee race that alot of Newry triathlon club members go to. Great craic.
This years Goals?
To get fitness back, Muckno and Newry Tri.
Favourite Tri distance?
My Favourite distance is sprint – haven’t tried any other distances yet.
What does NTC mean to you?
Since joining NTC the support and encouragement has been fantastic. I am still very new to triathlon and have lots to learn, but there is always someone to give guidance and put any concerns fears at bay. The coaching sessions are brilliant, I would be lost without them, always come away motivated and feeling great. Looking forward to 2016