I did it…my first triathlon… IM70.3 Melbourne. JOURNEY TO THE START LINE It took 10 months and nearly 10,000 kms of swim+bike+run. I trained for 4 months before I was confident enough to enter and tell Cameron. Seeing him do it the year prior inspired me. Starting out I knew I was too heavy. A healthy diet was the backbone of my plan. As the weight dropped, I could run more, initially just a few hundred metres, then 5kms, then 10kms. I modified my road bike with clip on bars and carbon wheels. Mostly I rode Zwift. 200+ laps around Caribbean helped refine my bike fit. Starting in the slow lane, with weekly squad and regular endurance swims, my swim improved. I lost 14kg. RACE DAYThe day itself was a celebration of all the hard work. After PBs for swim and bike, I started the run 14 mins ahead of race plan. But with 14kms to go I hit the wall and walk-ran thereafter. I was overjoyed to finally reach the red carpet, and roared in celebration like I’ve never done before. I never thought this would be me and was beyond happy to race with Cameron. I ached till Thursday/Friday. A BONUS TRIATHLON – 2XU RACE 6After stirring the rivalry between Bags and Damian, I decided at the last minute to join them in the season finale as we’re all in 50-54 age group. At 106kg, I also qualified for Clydesdale (95+ kg), which was what I entered. I was happy to match my IM swim PB, then set an all-time PB for bike and run. The boys were too good, and I was happy to chase them to the line and win my category. THANK YOU NUNAIt’s easy to be self absorbed doing a sport like triathlon. But in reality, most of the joy came from celebrating the journey with others, swapping stories, banter, laughs, tips, advice, highs and lows, the little challenges and seeing gains however small. It’s a battle with yourself, yet a battle we all share in our own way. Thank you Nuna – joining the club was the BEST decision. And the incredible support of the Nuna tribe helped me believe I could do a triathlon too. WHAT’S NEXTI was only ever going to do one triathlon as I knew it would be hard on my aging body. Now I’ve done two triathlons back-back. Then I ran my first Park Run the week after, and set a 5km PB. So now I find myself considering Geelong next year, or maybe Shep. But right now, I’m still waiting for my legs to stop aching. That was a fun season! My first at Nuna.