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IN FRONT OF THE LENS
Having lost approx. 9.5 stone in the last 11 months, going from 22st 11lb down to 13st 5lb, I recently competed in my first-ever Try-a-tri. My biggest fear was the swim. But after reading 220’ s August issue and the article [Why I Tri] about John Tan [who had a debilitating fear of open water], it was refreshing to know I wasn’t alone! It’s been such a learning curve, but 220 got me over the line. Thanks for the fascinating articles, they really do help. Stephen Kelleghan
220 replies: Excellent work, Stephen! And good luck with the swimming.
A 220 WEDDING
My husband and I got married in July this year. Being huge tri and
220 fans, we decided to fashion confetti cones out of old 220s! It was one of many personal touches that, well, was just ‘us’. Claire and Gareth Greeves
220: Congrats! Honoured to have played a small part in your big day.
I had the pleasure of sharing my story in the March 2016 issue, entitled ‘Ups and Downs’, about losing both my parents within 10 hours of each other four days before flying out to compete at the 2015 ITU Worlds. I’ve since gone on to win silver at the 2017 British Standard Champs, and was looking forward to moving up to the next age-group (45-49), but fate had other ideas…
I was competing at the Anglian Water Tri on 6 August 2017 when I suffered what’s been described as a heart attack. The MRI concluded that it’d been the result of a respiratory infection causing the condition myocarditis to occur.
While externally I looked fine I’d been coming down with regular, ongoing infections, which I’d assumed were just down to training intensity. I’d taken antibiotics, but my immune system was clearly battling something else.
So I’m writing in to expose the dangers of training with minor infections without realising the hidden dangers. Myocarditis is a killer and goes undetected in all demographical ranges.
I’ve thankfully now come through the worst of it and will be competing at the 2018 Worlds in Gold Coast, which I hope will be the launch pad to competing where I left off at the Brits in 2017. James Richards
220: Thanks for highlighting this, James. Wishing you a full recovery.
A CHALLENGE TO ROTH
Much as I enjoyed reading Kelly Stokes’ article on Roth [How was it for you] in the September issue, I take issue with her assertion that it’s the ‘original Ironman Europe.’
In 1987, three of us from the Bruce Triathlon Club, Dunfermline, completed the sixth Almere iron-distance event. The actual course has been moved since then, but it has the best claim to that title and is still going strong.
Not having raced Roth I can’t argue with Kelly’s assertion that it’s “arguably the greatest experience in all of triathlon.” But I submit here that Embrunman has a firm basis to challenge that. The bike course goes along the magnificent Lac de Serre-Ponçon and over the Col d’Izoard, one of the classic Tour climbs, and down through Briançon, while the run goes through Embrun itself with tremendous support. Bill MacDonald
220: Thanks Bill. Kelly was referring to Roth’s original name, as it was the first official Ironman event in Europe.
KNOW YOUR NATIONS!
In the October issue, on p97, ‘How to eat… Potato’, Swiss is not Swedish! Gary Miller
220: That it isn’t! Not even close, in fact. Want a job, Gary?!
“After reading about John Tan in 220, it was refreshing to know I wasn’t alone with my swim fear!”
Claire and Gareth Greeves found a novel new use for their old220s at their recent wedding… we assume they’d read them first