London Triathlon 2014 – pick of our readers’ memories

May 7, 2021 0 By JohnValbyNation

Were you one of around 13,000 triathletes racing last year’s London Triathlon? How did you get on? We asked our readers…

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Tri newbie Charlie Stephenson says he was scared – nay, petrified – to be among those lining up in skintight swimsuits on the banks of the Thames last summer. “As I anxiously stretched waiting further instructions an announcement came over the mic for all weak swimmers to head for the back of the wave. All of a sudden I transformed into MJ and started to discreetly moonwalk to the back.” He adds that after surviving the swim, the bike and run were “a piece of cake”, and he completed his first sprint triathlon in 1:14:19 – not a bad time!

Caroline Sparks took a big group of ‘Turtle Tots’ teachers, who all run their own baby and toddler swimming businesses, and entered the sprint relay with three teams. “Between us we successfully completed a 750m open water swim in the (very cold and grey) Royal Victoria Dock, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run. Most of us had never entered a triathlon or event on the scale of the London Triathlon before, so didn’t know what to expect, but we had a memorable and exhausting day, with a lot of fun and laughs too!”

Michelle Lee writes from Oz: “I live in the middle of the Outback in Australia in a place called Mount Isa – you might remember us from the news when the snake ate the crocodile last year. This happened right where our triathlon club hold their open water training sessions! Back in 2012 I was 101kg, walking 10km and swimming 1km every single day while eating a diet of less than 1200 calories a day and still putting on weight. I was being sent from specialist to specialist to work out what was wrong with me…