We always love to hear all about your GO TRI experiences, to shout about and share your successes and triumphs, to inspire and encourage others to give TRI a go!
Here Ross shares his GO TRI story, we think you’ll agree he’s a total inspiration having progressed in the sport so rapidly, as he gets set to take on Ironman 70.3 in Edinburgh this July!
‘About a year ago I started a new job, which saw me commuting on the tube for well over an hour each way, every day. A long and hot commute, sat or stood still for what seemed like an eternity, watching the world go by!
‘I decided to try and make the journey more worthwhile and picked up a cheap second-hand bike and began cycling to work. I also joined a gym and began running on the treadmills during my lunch break. As this became my daily routine and my fitness improved, I considered taking on a challenge and thought to myself – I'm running and cycling, maybe I should give triathlon a go! I Googled ‘beginner triathlons’ and came across British Triathlon’s GO TRI, and signed up for GO TRI Woking.
‘I had a few weeks to train, so I began cycling to the pool before work, then running on my lunch break, before cycling back home. Admittedly, I was still overweight and out of shape, however, I was determined to give TRI a go and give it my all!
‘I got to the start line and set myself a target time, a time that I managed to beat by a couple of minutes. I called my partner after the event and told her how chuffed I was and how much I enjoyed the event, and that I was going to keep going. I kept training and did a few sprint triathlons over the 2016 season, and felt myself getting fitter and faster with each one.
‘After training through the winter, I recently completed by first Olympic distance and open water triathlons, and am now 6 weeks away from the start of Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh! It's quite incredible to think that a year ago I'd never tried triathlon, and now I'm about to take on a middle-distance! I'm hopeful of finishing in under 7 hours and then thinking about kicking on and trying a full Ironman in the next couple of years. It was GO TRI that got me started and hooked, so a big thank you!’
Ross from all at GO TRI HQ – we wish you the best of luck in July!