Kristy Wonders on Triathlon from scratch

8 July, 2016 No Comments Uncategorized

This interview with newby triathlete Kristy Wonders comes from Bruce Robertson.  Anyone interested in triathlon can access training tips and encouragement by signing up to the Poly Tri Facebook page-Noreen

I went along to watch a friend compete in the Spanish City triathlon last year and I challenged myself there and then to do it the following year. I had already done the duathlon at Tynemouth and I’d really enjoyed that, even though I had no idea what my swimming capabilities would be at the time (I think I guesstimated 15mins for a 250m swim!). I started swimming more and got myself some proper coaching. I was OK but my technique was apparently a bit dodgy.

Then I had to get a bike. I already had a mountain bike, but I didn’t cycle that much. I ended up getting a pretty decent road bike on the Cycle to Work Scheme – straight into the clippy pedals – no messing!

Adequate swimming ability. Check. Bike. Check. Running shoes. Check. I was set.

I had my sights set on Spanish City, but Ashington was coming, so I thought I’d give it a go for my first triathlon. I didn’t really have any aims, other than to survive it. Which I did and I was totally buzzing afterwards, and hooked.

With the adrenaline still flowing, I signed up for Northumberland and QE2. With just one week to go to Northumberland, I managed to conquer my fear of open water swimming. I just had to go for it and get my face in. I’m still working on Sea swimming.

I think I might give a standard distance Tri ago next year. A half Iron Man. Who knows.

In terms of my general fitness it has massively improved. I have had fewer injuries since I started cross training too. I have to admit I lost my running mojo during the winter, so it was great to have something else to do instead. I can’t say my running has improved since I started triathlon training but I think it has helped me get my running fitness back faster this summer, although I’ve still got a way to go to get to where I was last summer.

What would I say to anyone thinking of doing a triathlon? Do it. What have you got to lose? It’s probably given me the best sense of achievement I’ve ever experienced.

I have to add – My bike and my wetsuit are currently listed amongst my favourite possessions

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