I am going to take part in my first ever triathlon to raise money for Pregnancy Sickness Support. It's a cause that means a lot to me as I suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during both my pregnancies and I am now privileged to be a trustee of the charity.
So why a triathlon?
I wanted to do something outside my comfort zone and, believe me, a triathlon is definitely that!
It also seems fitting that, after suffering from HG for three very long and tough trimesters, I will be putting myself through three gruelling disciplines as part of a triathlon. But if my body can survive HG (twice) then I figure I can cope with an hour or two of pain in the triathlon!
I have never been a swimmer, a cyclist or a runner and so this is going to be a BIG challenge for me.
How can you help?
I do not want to do it alone. I want a team of amazing HG survivors (and anyone else who wants to) to join me in doing their own Swim, Bike, Run for PSS.
It's not as daunting as it sounds.
Many events have a shorter distance fun or super sprint event for people like me who have never done a triathlon before.
Lots of events have a pool-based swim so there's no need to worry about swimming in a lake if you don't want to.
It doesn't matter if you have never mastered front crawl - breaststroke is absolutely fine.
If you really don't fancy doing one of the disciplines then there are many duathlons (bike and run) or aquathlons (swim and run) you could do.
You can even enter some events as a team with one person completing each leg.
Check out the Go Tri website which is aimed specifically at novices wanting to have a go at a triathlon and which has details of some shorter events.
So, what do you say? Will you give it a TRI and join the Swim, Bike, Run for PSS?