My first Ironman event was in 2017. It’s a life-changing event – a huge challenge consisting of a 4km swim, a 180km bicycle ride and a marathon to cap it all off. I still remember that nervous buzz I had on the start line.
Crossing the finish line is a feeling like no other. It’s such an emotional place to be at the end of the event, celebrating with all the other athletes who’ve gone through that same challenge. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
While preparing for the event, I found my fellow training partners incredibly important – they keep you grounded, they share in your ups and downs, and training time seems to fly when you’re having fun. Preparing with like-minded people who share the same goals can really boost your motivation.
However, COVID-19 lockdown meant that I couldn’t access my usual support network, which meant I had to get creative with how I stayed motivated.