It’s been a very active summer for me, competing in four big endurance race events in the space of just a few months. These included a swim across one of the largest lakes in the UK and three triathlons, one of which was a full Ironman!
Health is always at the forefront of my mind in my work as an audiologist. I can fully appreciate the role that an active lifestyle plays in maintaining overall health. Therefore, I think it’s important that I practice what I preach, so I’ve decided to share my experiences racing this summer with you and hopefully this may even inspire you to take on some physical challenges of your own.
Nedathlon and Nedfest
My first event of the summer was the ‘Nedathlon’. This was a team triathlon-style event for charity, organised in the name of James ‘Ned’ Edwards, who tragically passed away in December.
I first met Ned through a triathlon club and his passing was a shock to everyone who knew him. He is missed by all and a big part of the reason why I pushed myself this summer in these races; to remember Ned and to raise money for Nedfest’s chosen charities.
The Great North Swim
This was a chilly 5km crawl across Lake Windermere, in Cumbria. It was no easy feat, as Windermere is England’s largest lake, though the Lake District setting certainly made for an inspiring outdoor swim.
Half Ironman Triathlon
With barely enough time to come up for air, let alone recover, my next challenge was a Half Ironman Triathlon in Staffordshire. A Half Ironman, also known as an Ironman 70.3 after the number of miles in the course, includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run.
However, the biggest challenge came on 9th September when I took on my first full Ironman. For those that aren’t familiar, an Ironman Triathlon is a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride, followed by – wait for it – a marathon.
This particular Ironman took place in Tenby, Wales, which I’m told is one of the toughest Ironman courses that you can do because of the difficult terrain of the Welsh landscape. Basically, I didn’t make it easy for myself!
My amazing friends and family were great in supporting me during my participation in these events and were behind me 100%, even through my grueling training regime.
I’m now giving myself a brief rest period after such a hectic summer, though I admit that I always have my sights set on the next challenge. I hope in sharing my story, I can lead by example and show how leading an active lifestyle is key to maintaining overall health.
For peace of mind, get your hearing checked now.