53 (take off about 15 years please)
Commercial Manager (I do contracts, negotiations etc)
Squash has been my main sport for most of my adult life. Mainly play now for social reasons but still play a high standard I think. Started swimming with a mate from work and over years taught myself to swim. Took a long time. I still swim every Sunday down the beach with that mate, and really enjoy that as part of my lifestyle. Drifted into triathlon when my daughter was being coached by Sean O'Neill. Not always fussed about racing but enjoy training, although Ironman training has tested my limits. Decided I wanted to do one Ironman and realized I needed help so sought out Paul. Don't think I could have got this far without encouragement from Paul and others.
I enjoy the swim, I guess because I put a lot of effort in trying to learn to swim (over years) and although I am not that fast I know I can go the distance.
Least favourite TRI discipline (why?):
The run, because I feel I should be able to run faster but it never seems easy.
What you are looking forward to next Sunday:
It will be a new experience good and bad, but I will probably learn a lot about the event, me and my fellow competitors. And I really just want to enjoy it. I am in this to have fun and create a health lifestyle. I want the experience to fit into those perspectives.
Inspiration for completing the IM:
I have been a TO at the Ironman the last few years and so have seen the race up close, especially the bike leg. I really loved the last third of the field where seemingly ordinary people were doing this extraordinary thing. I saw all shapes and sizes, and some very unlikely looking Ironman individuals, but yet they were out there doing this crazy event. Those ordinary people were so inspiring to me. My biggest heroes in sport are those that will never win medals but do it for their own lifestyle reasons and enjoyment. I guess I wanted to be like them.
1. Enjoy it
2. find a steady maintainable pace. The training has made me much better at that.
3. Enjoy it
Favourite gel flavour:
Predicted finish time:
Have no finish time goal, BUT I do want to finish.