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 walk, nay stroll, in the park, but in reality felt like a frantic, hour-long torture of near drowning, struggle to get uphill on a bike, followed by some weird, cowboy-style, cramp-hampered limp to the finish line.
Having trained over the winter, we have now set ourselves the goal of completing some sprint distance events. They are called sprint distance I think by actual triathletes who might view these as short enough to sprint round, whereas I am currently regarding them as nerve-wrackingly-long-will-we-actually-manage-to-finish-them-endurance races. The first one is next weekend. And what makes it worse is that it is being run by our club so everyone we know will be there to witness our lastness. Oh and the children are doing their events first, which undoubtedly they will actually sprint round, and then sit and wait for hours wondering what on earth has happened to their parents.
Anyway, we wouldn’t even be in the situation of being able to enter these events if it wasn’t for the marvellous help and support of the great coaches (and other members) of the Glasgow Triathlon Club – so a big thanks to all of them.
Here is a list of all the events (so far) planned for 2017:
May 7th Bishopbriggs Triathlon (pool swim)
May 14th Isle of Bute Triathlon relay (with Jamie and Holly)
May 21st Etape Caledonia (81 mile cycle in Perthshire, including up Shiehallion)
June 4th Stirling Triathlon (pool swim)
June 11th Lochore Triathlon (open water swim)
Aug 25th Part of Beatson swim relay team, swimming length of Loch Lomond
Oct 7th Craggy Island Triathlon (open water swim from Oban to the Island of Kerrera, then off-road cycle round the island followed by trail run)
As usual I’ll try to keep the blog updated with our progress and a few photos along the way……
(link to the fundraising page on the home page of the blog)
Good luck all you Clan Glen, you are an inspiration to us couch potatoes everywhere.