Created On: 05 January 2011

Yesterday we featured one of the winners of the Challenge Henley free places competition and today we hear from the other, Kim Cotton.

Challenge Henley Triathlon is a new long distance event covering a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and a 42km run.

Kim has competed in one sprint triathlon to date so knows the step up to long distance will be tough and as a single mum finding training time will be challenging too.

Kim's first instalment of her progress is below and she will be keeping us updated on her progress through her training and racing over the coming months on her road to Henley.

With Christmas and New Year celebrations out of the way, it's time to crack on with training. My battle to win the Henley place seems a distant memory - along with my once improved fitness levels! The frivolities have definitely taken their toll, and I will have plenty of work to do over the next few months, but it's good to be focussed on something again after injury and cancelled races at the end of last year.


Over the holiday I've managed to cobble a training plan together that I hope will get me round the course in time. It looks pretty daunting at the moment. The only triathlon I've taken part in so far was a sprint, so long distance is currently way beyond comprehension, but I'm reminding myself I felt like that when I entered my first marathon, and now I've completed 3.


Being an overweight single mum with the running speed of a snail I have plenty of worries about the race - trying to fit training in round looking after the kids, coping with school holidays and no childcare, being fast enough to meet the cut-offs etc, but I'm more than up for the challenge and am ready to show it can be done. I hope!


So, the year starts with the aim to shift the rest of the excess weight as I concentrate on building up general all round base fitness in each discipline, plus teaching myself to crawl more than 2 lengths at a time without drowning! Once I've done the Brighton marathon on 10th April I will increase the swim and bike elements and add in some open water swims. So that will mean the fun of trying to find a wetsuit for a short fat person....


Kim will continue to update us with her progress but you can also follow her on her blog HERE.

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