After feeling sorry for myself and having to pull out of two races last year, it has been hectic!
The coaches from the club I am in (Beccles Triathlon Club), decided they wanted to pull away from coaching and focus on their own training for a while. As a result they asked me to take over from them.
I am now a level 1 Triathlon coach, who would have thought it! I need to work towards my level 2 this year, which is a daunting and exciting at the same time.
So where am I going with this…. Not many people know the real me, to most I appear confident. This couldn’t be further from the truth, I suffer terribly with self-doubt, low self-esteem and lack confidence.
However what I have learnt not only these past few months but throughout all the events I have taken on. You really can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and have support from friends & family.
So I know this is a cheesy post from me, but I beg you if there is something you have always wanted to do then go for it!
Start running – It REALLY doesn’t matter how slow you are. A 5 minute mile is the same distance as a 10 minute mile.
Learn to swim – It’ll give you confidence and is a fantastic way to get fit
Go cycling – Cycling in the sun and stopping for cake has got to be one of the best ways to exercise
Join a club – The support and encouragement you get, plus the friends you can make is priceless. It makes those cold dark nights when you want to stay in, fun. You don’t have to be an amazing athlete, they are just normal people who all had to start somewhere.
Lastly Sign up for event – this is really key. It helps to keep you motivated, but it is also a great way of breaking the monotony of training. Again from the outside running or cycling events can look elitist and scary. They really are not! You have such a wide range of abilities at any event. You will find they are friendly, fun and the sense of achievement you get at the end is incredible.
Just to tempt you, here are some of my favourite, beginner friendly events to think about signing up to;
Triathlons (pool based)
Triathlons (Open Water)