The train drivers guide to Tri
Welcome to my world.I'm going through a mid life crisis and trying to be the best i can at triathlon with very limited ability! I work as aTrain Driver on the East Coast Main Line, and thought writing this blog would show people who work awful shifts can try and fit in a great sport and keep you fit! I've just been selected to be an ambassador for Xterra Wetsuits so expect plenty of pictures in their wetsuits!

My Achilles Heel!! Grafman, Ripon and baps!

DazzaTri72by DazzaTri72Sep 3rd 2015
Wow, last time I wrote my Blog was back in April! How time flies when your having so much fun. Since then I've had a few races, injuries and changes in future plans.
1st off the races, it's been that long since I raced I won't bore you with numbers, weather conditions etc! Oh I hear a big sigh!
So, I've race Peterborough middle distance, Woodhall Spa Sprint, The Grafman and Ripon Olympic Triathlon.
All races went well, I think my best race was at The Grafman, conditions were awful, torrential rain and high winds! The run hurt like hell, but had family and friends there to cheer me on to a 4.47 finish so well pleased! Whoops, cheeky number and weather report crept in there. :-) I really enjoyed this event, as usual Keith and the NiceTri guys and Gals put on a great event. It was a challenging day and all the marshals just kept on smiling and encouraging throughout, so hats off!
My proudest moment of my race season came at my favourite race in Ripon, my 5 year old daughter Gracie ran her 1st race, a 1k dash! She did fantastically well thrashing her Mummy and Nanny!! Well done G!! After I raced, she then ran down the finishing straight with me, I was so proud to have her with me when crossing the finishing line! We then diverted past the fruit and High 5 drinks and headed straight for the cakes!! That's my girl!
After the race it was a quick shower, albeit a freezing one outside in the horse showers! And then straight for the after race party, where we had a huge bbq, plenty of ale and danced late into the night to a live band. A great end to a fantastic day, despite me suffering with hay fever all race, the Black Sheep beer soon made me forget the suffering of said hay fever and aching race legs!!
Another great event at Ripon came to an end, and we will be back!!

On returning south and getting back to normality, my Achilles Heel kicked in, yep literally! I woke up one morning in so much pain it was a struggle to walk. Ahhhhhhh feck it!!
The docs think I had a slight tear in Achilles so that was me icing and resting for the next 3 weeks.
Anyhow this got me thinking. Triathlon is a huge demand on the body and this is the 3rd time I've had this injury, so after discussions with family I decided that 2016 will be my last year and that doing middle distance is too much, with family commitments, working awful shifts and having a dodgy Achilles!
So, what about the future???
Well it's going to be all about the baps, boobs or whatever you want to call them!?
Yep, it's charity time mate! Breast Cancer Care, will be the charity I will be raising funds for. The races I will be doing are yet to be finalised, but Ripon will be one, as Team Kelly will be heading up the A1 en mass! Then I'm looking at doing a triathlon series. Yet to be decided.
Yes, it's not Ironman or an ultra etc, but it's some races I can do within my constraints and I just don't want to turn up, I want to race them hard, as I have a few targets in my mind, believe me I will leave nothing out there when I race, and with my limited speed and ability that's saying something!! :-)
The exciting think is that I'm buzzing and ready to raise loads of money and train hard to achieve my goals.
I've teamed up with Performance coaching me and with the help of Jason Battle and his prescriptions we will achieve our goals. I shall be racing in their team colours but with The Breast Cancer Care logo on my trisuit, to promote the charity.
Obviously my Mum having Breast Cancer has been a massive influence on my decision to raise money for this charity.
So there you have it, let's hope it all doesn't go TITS (get it) up and I stay injury free.
And with the support of family and friends and my race team, we can raise some cash, race as hard as I can and enjoy the journey!
A just giving page will be set up in due course as well as a finishing time sweepstake for Ripon with a fab prize!
So let's gets on it, get ya baps out and enjoy!!

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