8th August, 2015.
[Photo from left to right: Jess, Rosie, Carmel, Alex, Mim]
Our CEO Carmel, Alex our General Manager, Mim and Rosie from our Fundraising Team, and Jess from the Schools’ Team are all (bravely) taking part in their first Triathlon this weekend to raise money for Magic Breakfast.
There has been much talk in the office of tri-suits, what to do if your bicycle gets a puncture, electrolytes, running shoes, nutrition etc. Colleagues appear at their desks with wet hair after an early morning swim or casually say they have been on a 10k run during their lunch hour!
The team were asked what their strongest discipline was:
Carmel: “I'm built more like a seal than a whippet so running is least good, swimming should be ok. Haven't ever been in the water in a wet suit...”
Alex and Jess: Running.
Mim: “Probably bike! I've done a 90 mile cycle in hilly Yorkshire!”
Rosie: "Swimming - my hands are paddles...! I have been told I look like Rebecca Adlington!"
How have they been training?
Carmel: "Open water swimming holiday, commuting to work by bicycle."
Alex: "7am swimming training in Clapham weekly and morning swims at London Fields Lido. Cycling - not much - eek! Running - Lunchtime runs."
Mim: "Lots of swimming in London Fields Lido, running with Nike run club and my friend, a half triathlon in Devon which consisted of a surf board paddle, sand dune run and a hilly very wet cycle! Accidentally cycling 40 miles instead of 40km!"
Jess: "Running for 2 hours on weekends, cycling a lot and running for an hour before work a few times a week."
Rosie: "Regular swimming, including an open water swim recently."
What are the team most worried about?
Mim: “Being kicked in the face at the start of the swim, all sounds a bit hectic but I’m going to try to stay calm!”
Rosie: “Falling off my bike...”
Jess: “Nothing - just waiting around and I prefer to run in the mornings but won’t be on till 4-ish”.
Carmel: “Not at all worried, it's great to try these things and push ourselves – I am proud of the team for really going for it and raising some money for more children to get a good school breakfast”.