Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fun With Benefits…

I’ve been learning a lot more about being healthy this week.

‘ChooseToTri’ is a newly found charity, set up to let people know that regular exercise is a vital part of health.   They’re not about raising  money, they’re simply about getting the message out there that we all need to make regular exercise a part of living, just like eating, breathing and moving. 

They’re arranging special ‘ChooseToTri’ shorter-distance events… which are tagged onto existing sporting events.  It helps ordinary people like me have a reason to keep focussed while learning to have fun getting healthy and fit.

It’s Fun With Benefits – and it’s out there waiting for you.

On Saturday, I swam, ran and cycled in my first triathlon – in Kilkenny.   I was scared, felt totally out of my depth, and didn’t do the transition bits between very quickly.   I didn’t do ANY of it very quickly…. but I did it, and I FINISHED.  And afterwards, I felt fantastic.   I’m half way through the week and the buzz is still there.  It’s reminded me that my healthy eating has slipped a bit – despite my physical exercise and training going well. I want to try swimming in a river again.  I want to cycle just a BIT faster than I did on Saturday… and I want to get out running a bit more.

I’m heading off to Uganda for Concern in November to climb a volcano, kayak in the Nile and cycle for hundreds of kilometres; so I’ve plenty of reasons to keep training.  But ChooseToTri has given me a whole new source of motivation.  I want you all to know how IMPORTANT it is to exercise – not just to fit in your jeans – but to prevent CANCER and keep healthy.  Taking part in my first triathlon has made me realise something else.   I may not be a 6″ Amazonian athlete and in fairness, I’ll never be the first swimmer or cyclist home…. but I can still be competitivie – I can race MYSELF.  I’m looking at those times from Saturday and I desperately want to have another go.

I guessed you could say I’m hooked….   do you fancy joining me?



  • Communicorp
  • Danone
  • Irish Farmers’ Journal
  • Dublin Airport Authority
  • WeightWatchers, Ireland
  • Limerick City & County Enterprise Board
  • ‘Foot In The Door’ Media Trainer for Independent Commercial Radio, Ireland
  • Clare County Enterprise Board
  • Carlow County Enterprise Board
  • Great Outdoors
  • Adrian Hendroff ‘From High Places’
  • Chernobyl Children International
  • Concern Ireland
  • The Hope Foundation
  • LauraLynn Childrens’ Hospice
  • Travel Department
  • Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race
  • 98FM Dublin
  • Newstalk
  • TodayFM Radio
  • Learning Waves Skillnet
  • BCFE, Ballyfermot
  • Pat Falvey, 'The Summit Book'