09 Jun “I finished it! I was buzzing!”
Hi My name is Cathy, I’m 55 years old and a long-standing member of Torbay Tri Club. However, I haven’t always been into Triathlon. I come from a running background which has always been my passion. After meeting my now husband who is a keen triathlete, he persuaded me to give triathlon a go. Initially, I was very apprehensive as I had only ever cycled socially and I was not a strong swimmer. However, through the excellent training, support and encouragement from Torbay Tri Club, my swimming and biking improved and I reached a stage where I felt ready to take part in my first ever triathlon, a women’s only sprint triathlon in the Cotswold. After freaking out in the swim, I then managed to get through the bike and thoroughly enjoyed the run. I FINISHED IT!! I WAS BUZZING!
Although the race had not gone that well, I knew then that this is where my love for sport was taking me. I just wanted to get better and couldn’t wait to compete in another triathlon. I learnt a lot from that triathlon “my baptism of fire” and it ignited a new passion in me.
Torbay Tri Club with its fully qualified coaches have been an enormous support to me over the years. Thanks to their excellent training, advice and useful tips I have become a stronger swimmer and biker and a much more confident triathlete, to the extent that without them I would not have achieved my new goal… to complete a full Ironman distance triathlon, which I achieved in 2018.
Torbay Tri Club is an extremely friendly, welcoming club where I have formed some truly wonderful friendships with like minded people. We welcome people from beginners to experienced athletes whether you are just setting out on your road in triathlon or looking to improve. There is amazing camaraderie within the club, we train hard and support each other as we work towards our individual goals, but most of all we have FUN. So why not take the plunge. You will never look back. Torbay Tri is here to support you all the way.