Firstly I would like to apologise to my Grandma, she is indeed younger than I stated in my previous blog which she swiftly pointed out! I am very sorry!
One Saturday morning, after swimming at the lake and whilst munching away on a bacon sandwich and sipping a cup of tea, the discussion of all the costs that competing in triathlons entails, came up. A fellow triathlete recommended setting up a crowd funding campaign, which I then looked into and decided why not? 1 month later I am completely overwhelmed by the support I have received from friends, family, colleagues and companies I work with. I managed to raise 124% of my target! Raising this money means that I can remain focused on the run up to the World Championships in Chicago and have a really strong winter training. It has also set me up well for the costs of racing at the 2016 European Championship’s in Lisbon.
54 people supported my campaign, all of which I have personally thanked. However, I would specifically like to thank again the following companies for their generous pledges:
George Killoughery Ltd
Since my last blog I have competed in two training races. These were on consecutive weekends and I wasn’t sure how my body would react to not having any rest. The first was at Bewl reservoir in Kent. The run was much harder than I anticipated, including a lot of hills, not made any easier by the hot weather also! Despite this, I finished as 2nd overall female but have never been so exhausted when I crossed the finishing line. I was worried about the race the following weekend – the Monster Olympic race in Ely. This was an extra 4km on the bike (44km total) and an extra 2km on the run (12km total). However come race day I was up for it. To my surprise I was first lady out of the water! I managed to hold onto the lead throughout the bike and run. The support around the city centre from spectators and runners was amazing!
After the race, I was able to have a chat with Nick and Claire from Profile Protein at their stand. I sampled some of their recovery protein shots which tasted lovely and unexpectedly I didn’t ache at all on Monday thanks to them! Things have moved really quickly since then and I can now excitedly say that I am an ambassador for Profile Protein!
I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. I have two races left, one which is a training race at the Hertfordshire Championships and the other, the small matter of the World Championship’s in Chicago in 4 weeks time!
Thank you again to everyone for their support and to my main sponsors DP World London Gateway, Paddock Cycles, Ed Kirby Physiotherapy and Profile Protein.