I have been a runner since 2011. Since when, I have always loved the idea of pushing the body to its limits & seeing how amazing-ly the body reacts.
So, I then started my journey to see just how much I could push my body. In 2013, I finished my first Comrades Ultra-marathon (89kms) in 11:37 hours. When I was heading back to India, I saw an ad of SA's 1st 140.6. I thought - WOW! This is the real test of endurance & I have to do it at-least once in my life, & it became a part of my bucket list.
After returning back to India, I continued to push myself, & didn't realize that the body needs to be rested & recover as well. Within 3 months of my 1st ultra, I ruptured the L5/S1 disc in my back & had to undergo a spine surgery.
Post surgery & months of recovery & rehab, my primary goal was to get back to my old fitness levels & hence, I decided to register & train for another Comrades. I finished it 42 minutes faster (10:55) in that year (2016). For those 3 years, the idea of Ironman never occurred as the focus was to finish Comrades, post-which I had to undergo a small surgery in my foot & rest again for a few months. It was during this rest period that my wife & some runners from my FrontRunners group decided to train & do an Olympic Triathlon. They all completed it while I watched from sidelines. I wanted to do it, but I could barely swim 25-50m & swimming in open-waters was a distant dream!
However, few months later, my 2 best buddies finished IM Austria in 2017, & that motivated me further. I happened to move to Dubai for work & that's when things changed. With the TriDubai group & TeamAngelWolf, I got a lot of inputs for swimming & gained some confidence. Then, I completed my 1st 70.3 in 6:17 on 2nd Feb 2018! Think now is the best time to do the full distance, so I've registered & am currently training for my first full IM at Hamburg in July.
I am quite hooked to this sport & it's a part of my life. If I do not swim, bike or run one day, that day feels empty (I hate rest-days)! Triathlon is a great thing to happen to me & believe that everyone should definitely Tri this sport once! ~ Pratik Desai [@findpratik] #humansoftriathlon
Awesome ride upto Grafton Notch with Jimmy. Tarmac so fresh that we were sinking into it made the ascent more of a workout. The rain came in at the peak and quickly turned the road into a river - no pics of the worst of if as it took everything I had to keep on the bike. Hitting 30mph with the brakes on was a little alarming! Who says disc brakes have no place on a tri bike?! Or maybe a tri bike has no place on a mountain descent in the rain.....Great views as the rain cleared and a real nice break from long rides on the trainer ⛰ 🚴♂️ 🌧
Fighting up those Dutchie hills 🏔🚴🏽♂️💨 Had a nice day of training. Nothing hard because those days I’ve had now for this week. Tomorrow only a swim 🏊🏽♂️Then Saturday an early morning swim and bike kind of day💥 The windstopper that I’m wearing here on top of my normal bike outfit is on sale now in the @team4talent Webshop! Check the website if you are interested 🙂 #breakingboundaries#gingermantri
My life was never about sport, unfortunately, as I was very weak suffering from anaemia. Up until I was 28, my only sport was going to the gym from time-to-time, trying to lose weight. I started running "by accident" when I met people from a running club. From then on-wards, I fell in love with running forever. When I moved to Malta, I needed to find a new coach. It happened to be @fabiospiteri, a pro-triathlete. Having been training with triathletes I caught the "tri-bug", so to say. I completed my first ever sprint Triathlon this month which I had prepared for from zero. I want to show people that you can start sport at any age and that sport is not about getting a dream body, but about fulfilling dreams. I want my kids to be proud of me and tell everyone that their mom is an Ironman! ~ Juliya Azzopardi Mazur [@jam.runner]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Juliya! Congrats on your first Tri! Wish you the best for your journey to Ironman! Rooting for you. Keep tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃 #ordinarypeopleextraordinarypassion
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