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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.


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.


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.


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

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