Mike Whitehead, owner of Radcliffe Physiotherapy in Radcliffe talks about his experience of the Nottingham Outlaw Triathlon.
“The question I’ve been asked most is what made you commit to the long-distance triathlon? Call it a mid-life crisis, my biological clock was ticking.
“In my 40th year I needed a challenge. The iconic Outlaw Triathlon, run by One Step Beyond, starts just two miles from my doorstep and I was going to be on that start line this year.
“I had to fit training around work and family commitments. During the winter months I established a deep and meaningful partnership with my turbo trainer.
“I settled into a winter routine – two hours of swimming, three hours on the bike and three hours running per week.
“The regime was kept alive by my very public commitment to completing the event. Shortly after entering I started my online doodle blog, recording my progress in words and cartoon pictures.
“On the back of a local paper article, I was even invited onto a local radio station to chat about it all. If I can give any aspiring triathlete advice to keep motivated, it would be to publicise your progress on social media, so that you won’t be tempted to duck out of it.
“On race day it’s important to stick to your race plan and listen to your body. Most importantly, relax and enjoy yourself, soak up the atmosphere.
“Don’t give in, the body is an amazing machine. Whether you sprint or limp over that finish line, it is undoubtedly one of the best feelings you’re likely to experience.”
Out of over 1,000 entries Mike came 139th, finishing in just 10 hours, 59 minutes and 25 seconds.
Read his blog at www.radcliffephysiotherapy.co.uk/blog.