With trepidation I joined an Andover Tri swim in 2009. Almost 10 years later the entire clan, including wife Sheela and my 3 children Hari , Sam and Molly have become members and big fans of all things swimming, biking and running. 3 things I love about ATC – a great way to make new friends beyond my natural social bubble, the opportunity for disciplined fitness in a sociable environment and a great way to share the joy of sport with my kids.
I joined Andover triathlon in 2007 when I decided I needed a new challenge. I knew very little about triathlon and in fact when I entered my first race I didn’t even have a bike and so had to borrow one- just in case I didn’t like it! But I was hooked. The coaches have been great in making me believe in myself and to my astonishment I qualified for GB age group standard distance . I’m training to try and qualify again this year – my point being if I can do it anyone can. I’m not special so get started and get involved and along the way you’ll meet some great like minded and fun loving people!
What started as a mild case of curiosity and his first duathlon in 2001 subsequently led to a love of all things Lycra and what can only be described as an obsession with Ironman distance racing.
Having raced the inaugural Ironman UK event in Sherborne, Dorset in 2005, Peter then went on to clock up 18 Ironman races and one Double Iron distance race over a ten year period. Not one to set blistering finish times and a self-confessed ‘hap-hazard triathlete’ it wasn’t until well into his triathlon career that he discovered the benefits of joining a club. As he says “joining Andover Triathlon Club was the best move I ever made and can’t think why I didn’t join a club earlier! The support and camaraderie is superb and for a person with no appetite to organise my own sessions, it’s been a huge help in giving me focus and structure to my training”.
After many years of endurance running, Jeremy decided to get into triathlon to make his training and events a bit more interesting. He now concentrates on the sprint distance, and cycling sportives. Jeremy says “The Club is great in that it is full of positive people spurring each other on to do better. It’s also much more rewarding to train with other people rather than doing it solo all the time. The Club’s coaches will also help you improve your performance (if you listen to them), and are very patient with new members. It’s a great club, which welcomes triathletes of all abilities.”