2017 Final Update Report!

Gosh but where has the year gone? I’ve just realised that my last update was back in May, and there have been many events since then, but the weeks seem to have run away with themselves, and suddenly we find ourselves on the brink of November. In fact this year’s events are essentially finished, other than a 10 km race in a couple of weeks time, so it seems a fitting time to post a wee round up of how things have gone. I planned to take part in nine events this year, raising money for the Beatson Cancer Charity…

2017 Events: Progress Report 1

I thought I ought to post a wee update about my progress with the fundraising events of 2017 so far. Despite my trepidation, these have been almost enjoyable although I think the unexpectedly nice weather we have had in May has helped enormously. Everything began with the Bishopbriggs Triathlon on the 7th of May. Paul and I were both doing our first ever sprint distance event, and Jamie and Holly were taking part in their Tristar category events too. This was our club event, so we were there early to help set up the course, which was fine since I’d…

Let the 2017 events commence!

I’m not sure I can really justify asking anyone for any more money (ever again), but actually a few people have asked what I’m doing this year so I’ll put it here for information, rather than suggesting anyone should feel obliged to donate. This year’s sporting activities in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity will be mostly triathlon based, but there will be a few other things thrown in for a bit of variety. Last year was our first foray into the trials and tribulations of triathlon and so we stuck to novice events, which on paper looked like a…

Sunday 28th August 2016: Lochore Open Water Triathlon – our first family event!

Prior to the Wee Beastie event in July I had been quite looking forward to this. For the first time, all four of us (me and Paul to the adult novice event, Jamie and Holly to their respective Tristar events) were signed up to race on the same day. There was a great sign-up from the youth section of the Glasgow Triathlon Club too, which was especially helpful as we didn’t feel quite so bad about the prospect of abandoning the children when we took off to race. However, after the panicky near drowning experience on Loch Lomond my enthusiasm…

Wee Beastie Open Water Triathlon

After a number of weeks of anxiety, yesterday’s day of reckoning was finally upon us, and we headed off (at dawn) to the southern (and surprisingly not rainy) banks of Loch Lomond, for our first attempt at an open water triathlon. When we signed up a few months ago this seemed like an insurmountable task. However, after successfully completing the Bute novice triathlon in May (albeit not an open water event) with no significant injuries, and even a medal to show for it, a glimmer of optimism had begun to creep in, that perhaps this might not be the impossible…

Etape Caledonia May 8th 2016 and Isle of Bute (novice) Triathlon May 15th 2016

Well it’s been a busy couple of weeks, but very rewarding, (and a little tiring), I must say. Firstly we had the Etape Caledonia. Quite a few of us did this. In fact by the time we finished registering in Pitlochry on the Saturday, I was a little concerned about who was looking after the general population of the West of Scotland in case of any sort of medical emergency as we seemed to have bumped into virtually the entire staff of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Our party consisted of me, Dad, my sister Catriona, her husband Neal, the…

Triathlon Training Update

Well I must say thus far the triathlon training has been much more enjoyable than anticipated. And I think this is due mostly to the fact that we have joined a club. And I say ‘we’ because in fact Paul and I have both embarked on this feat together which I think has also helped enormously – how unusual for us to have a joint interest!! We have joined the Glasgow Triathlon Club as I mentioned in the previous blog – and what a lovely welcoming bunch of people they are. Whilst there are many terribly marvellous triathletes in the…