Competing in my first triathlon
What started off as an off the cuff comment from a mate, James Cannon, developed into me accepting the challenge of competing (and I say competing in loosest sense of the word) in my first Triathlon.
Call it a mid-life crisis if you wish, but I decided that, as I approached 50, I really needed to set myself a challenge, as well as doing something to get a little fitter and to lose some of that puppy fat.
This has now blossomed into a number of us at Perrys and some of the guy's from James' company, Cannon Services, as well as a number of friends and family, taking part in the London Triathlon (www.thelondontriathlon.com) on 8 August.
The Perrys team consists of:
- Emma Palmer
- Mat Palmer
- Dave Horn
- Mark Hale
- Scott Relf
- Declan McCusker
- Elaine Flynn
- Darren Edwards
- Stewart Pope
Some of us are attempting to do the whole thing and others, as part of a relay team, with each member of the team taking on a particular discipline.
The distances, and I prefer to say them quickly, are:
- Swim 1,500 meters
- Cycle 40km
- Run 10km
Then some bright spark says "what are you going to do? Get Sponsorship in aid of our adopted charity?"
"Well I wasn't". I thought (how could I welch out if sponsor money was riding on it?)
"What a great idea" I said, so I am delighted to say, that we will be asking you kind and generous people for sponsorship in aid of the Kent Cancer Trust, www.kentcancertrust.org.uk, a fantastic, locally based charity, providing research into treating this horrible, and all too common, disease.
As the time counts down to the event, I will be blogging with updates, so watch this space and if you feel so inclined, please visit our Virgin page www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/perrystriathlon to make a donation and perhaps a few words of support, as I expect the next 8 weeks to be somewhat challenging.
Feeling slightly self-conscious in lycra!