Beth Roberts


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Truly truly fat

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 12:44

I started doing triathlon last year at the age of 40, with a supersprint, and this year upgraded to a sprint.  I was very overweight and suffer with a chronic pain condition.  The training in itself has helped with my condition massively, I have lost weight and I love triathlon.  The people are what make it so good - your fellow athletes (and all of the marshalls/volunteers) are so supportive and generally friendly, but the biggest thing by far for me is the crowd support - it's immense and the buzz you get from it is amazing.  It never fails to amaze me that people who don't even know me are cheering and willing me on to succeed.

Perhaps to keep your mind focused you should actually enter an event - there's nothing like a deadline to motivate you to train.

Good luck and embrace the lycra!!

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 22:28

I didn't say it was their fault and I made that point to the chaps who emailed me.  It wasn't  obvious where we were supposed to get our stuff from and I only found out by speaking to another competitor.  

Ultimately, all I want is what I paid for, not too much to ask I think. 

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:03

Thanks FB - I did manage to get  a response from Zone3 yesterday, whining that I shouldn't be blaming them and it's not their fault!!!!  Typically good customer service.  Anyway, they're apparently waiting for a response from the event organiser on what to do with uncollected items..............  I wished them luck!! 

I'll keep the details you've posted though just in case I still haven't received my merchandise in the next week or so!

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 13:29

Yeah, that's the email address I've tried.  Just sent them another.  Funny that there is no telephone number to be found anywhere!!!!!

Unfortunately I'm not on twitter......

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 13:10

At least you got a response to your email - I've sent 3 now requesting either my finisher t-shirt and itab - both of which I paid for - or a refund, and still not got a response!

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 13:13

I didn't have any issues on the bike at all - I made sure I knew where the turning points were and I thought the lane system worked well.  Mind you, I was doing the sprint and a start time of 10am meant that I wasn't in a massive group of people so I could see the signage.  That probably helped!!

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 06:51
Yeah, me too. I'm not usually that slow on the bike...

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 23:20
How's everyone's legs today? ???? Think i should be right for a leisurely jog by Thursday....may give the bike another week or so!!!!!

As for distance, my magic garmin thingy says the run was 2.93 miles but OH thinks that might just be gps drift due to the tall buildings. That said, just checked and i have the bike at 13.49 miles!!

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 13:57

Well, after the debacle that was racking and getting bags etc etc etc (we all know the story well enough now...) I had a great race.

Got a new pb on the swim and then struggled a bit with the bike (which has destroyed my knee) and had an ok run.  2:21 for me in my first sprint distance which I think is pretty respectable for an overweight 40 year old. 

Luckily for me, our hotel was right near T2 so after the race and deciding to leave getting my bags until later, I got my trusty steed and bag, and nipped back to the hotel for a shower and stow the bike in the car.  Then it was back to the grandstand to watch the elites.

Overall, apart from the elite races, the day was made for me by the fantastic support from the crowds and the marshalls/volunteers who did an amazing job in very difficult circumstances.  Also was fab to finally meet Fat Buddha who was in charge of T1 - your calm reassuring manner was just what I needed considering my other half had to dash home to Manchester on Saturday night to check our house was ok due to flash flooding!!!!! 

Anyway, it's done now, so I have lots to improve on and a new PB to achieve in my next sprint (which won't be one organised by this bunch of cowboys....)!!

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