Patrick is one of The Big Issue Foundation’s Trustees. He’s completed 5 of our cycling events and helped raised over £5,000 in sponsorship. Below he tells us why you should take on a triathlon:
Good question and one I’ve often asked myself – especially in the latter stages of events when the aches and pains kick in.
Half-way round the recent Age-Group World Championships in Rotterdam
I had been a runner but my Achilles packing up meant I needed to rethink. Triathlons were in the news as an up and coming sport – this was 17 years ago and it’s amazing how popular they are now. Swimming and biking replaced running until the injury healed. Six months were spent re-learning my swim technique, and membership of the Serpentine Running Club provided support and advice as well as the opportunity for early morning, chilly dips – not always welcome!
I’ve ticked some iconic events off my bucket list, with qualifying for the Age-Group Triathlon World Championships being the final and most difficult challenge. Some of my highlights include cycling up Mont Ventoux 3 times in a day, swimming across the Dardanelles from Europe to Asia and twice completing the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. One of the more exacting challenges includes swimming from Alcatraz Island to the mainland.
500m to go and the strain is obvious
Remember that no prisoner ever escaped from the jail, as the water is far too cold.