From run­ner to tri-er

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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.

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