“I found triathlon a way of easing the sadness and pain I was feeling”
the full- distance Bastion in 16 hours and 48 minutes.
“I got into triathlon as I found it was a way of dealing with everything,” says David. “When I swim a big swim, I block out everything around me, I don’t even know where I am and I think about my boy as I swim. In the water I can focus on my boy and I find that helps me get through the most difficult part of training.”
The training also helps David get through difficult days, such as Nathan’s birthday or the anniversary of his death.
“I’ll never work on my boy’s birthday or the day he passed away,” says David. “On his birthday this year, I went for a swim in the river. It was nice to be by myself and have my thoughts of Nathan. It was good training but also that time to get away.
“On days like birthdays or Christmas time, I need to go and get away from everyone to focus on my thoughts and then I can come back and get on with my day.”
In 2017, David plans to stick to half distance triathlons with Holkham Hall as his A-race.
“I prefer that distance,” he explains. “Ironman training takes up such a huge amount of time and it’s not fair on my wife Tracy. She said she doesn’t care how many half Ironmans I do, but no more Ironman!
“I don’t know if I’d have got into triathlon if Nathan hadn’t have died. I like to think I’d have done a triathlon but I wouldn’t have done an Ironman necessarily. I hope he’d be impressed. I’ll keep doing it as long as I enjoy it.”