In my 60th year I am fortunate to have the health, fitness and motivation to get out regularly and enjoy riding my bike as well as running and open water swimming. I go to the gym for some strength and conditioning work and also go to Iyengar yoga regularly which helps with strength, flexibility and balance.
Being fit and active has always been important to me and I was lucky enough to enjoy running long distance events well into my 50’s. However, the running really began to take a toll on my ageing body and my knees were becoming very sore. I had had a brief brush with cycling when I did a couple of years of triathlon in the early 1990’s but although my old 531 Ribble racer was still around, it had gathered a lot of dust and was lucky to make it through the clear out before moving to the beach in 2010. So Jason sorted out the old Ribble so I was able to tackle the West Dorset hills.
I soon realised that speed was not going to be my focus and I began to enjoy long rides up to 200km. I joined Audax in 2011 and I ride some of their Calendar events although I have not enjoyed riding much over 200km. I keep up my AAARTY and this gives some focus to my cycling.
In August 2014 with my 60th year approaching I returned from a trip to the Alps where the majority of the group I was riding with had done at least one ironman. I realised that the ironman itch that I had had for a long time needed to be scratched. From September 2014 until the Challenge Weymouth ironman on September 13th 2015 my cycling was focussed on the 180km bike ride. Accommodating a 3.8km sea swim before the ride and a 42.2 km run afterwards was all part of the fun. For several months I aimed to train for at least 24 hours every week and complete 4km swimming 200km cycling and 45 km running in a week.
I successfully achieved the ironman target and am now moving on. More adventures, more challenges, more fun.