From runner to tri-er
THE LETTER FROM Mark Lawlor (Keep Tri-ing and Stay Injury Free, Summer 2016) could have been written by me.
Like many older runners who take up marathon running, after my third London marathon, I started to be plagued by injuries and stiffness.
Many friends had asked me why I hadn’t taken up triathlon given that my swimming ability was reasonable. As a GP, my main obstacle had been that the injuries on a bike are much worse!
However, at my last London Marathon when electric-like pains shot down my left leg at mile 21, I crossed the line and vowed ‘Never again!’ So, like many triathletes, the transition was triggered by injury and I have to say I’ve loved it.
My goals have been to not finish last and have fun. I have managed both, with every triathlon and got a PB!
Three disciplines - with some weights, core work and yoga - have allowed me to train harder than for a marathon but with fewer injuries and more variety.
So having completed several sprint triathlons I’m ready to move to the Standard distance and maybe one day go further…. Dr Gurpreet Khaira, Coventry
Editor says: Well done Gurpreet – it seems Mark Lawlor’s letter has struck a chord with quite a few of us who came to this sport injured – and are now stronger than we’ve ever been.