Our very own Alex is tackling not just 1 or 2 but 3 disciplines to raise money for the Dougie Mac, a local hospice providing support to adults with life limiting illnesses in the North Staffordshire area.
Alex will be taking on the Trentham sprint triathlon on Sunday 10th September 2017 where he’ll endure a 750m swim, a 20k cycle, followed by a 5k run. His training partner Ed the dog won’t be taking part this year, but will be on-hand for top tips and moral support.
Let’s here from the man himself.
Why a triathlon?
I did my first triathlon last year after participating in several mud runs. I met someone at an event who had done triathlons in the past, and, because I had always liked the idea of the challenge, I volunteered myself to participate in their next event, which was the KMAC Triathlon in Congleton. So another triathlon was just up my street.
How’re you training for it?
I started training properly about three weeks ago. I’ve split activities across week day evenings. Mondays I do about 15-20 lengths of swimming, Tuesdays it’s resistance training at the gym, Wednesdays a brisk 8-10k run, Thursdays 10-15k cycling, Fridays 15-20 lengths of swimming followed by 5-10k cycling and then over the weekend I do more resistance training at the gym. So I keep fairly busy!
What’s going to be the most challenging part and why?
The biggest challenge for me will probably be my cycling. It’s my weak point of all the disciplines, but it just means that there is more of a challenge to overcome before the event. That’s why I am doing this.
What’s going to keep you motivated on the way round?
I think mainly the knowledge that I have done a triathlon before, although this triathlon covers a further distance than my previous. Also, I’ll have a Double Decker stashed with my things so I can indulge once I’ve crossed the finish line.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you’ve finished?
If I have the energy I might Dab, my signature move. But I’ll probably head straight for a bottle of water, find out my time, and cheer others on.
Why the Dougie Mac?
The Dougie Mac’s a great charity. I have done a number of events for them in the past and I will in the future too.
Best of luck, Alex!