Meet Alison | Rio Olympic Tri Challenge
"...to all the women out there, whatever your age, but especially 40+ (like me), if you want to exercise just for something to do or to lose weight or to get fitter and more healthy, whether you're starting from scratch or re-starting after a few years off - you can do it!!" -Alison
- Tell us a little bit about the Rio Olympic Triathlon Challenge? Did it take a lot of preparing for? Was it your first triathlon? Did you enjoy it?
The triathlon at the gym was a bit of fun to celebrate the Rio Olympics. I go to the gym regularly and even though I knew I could do everything individually and had practiced them, I wasn't sure if I could put everything together or recover enough to do them all well as it was my first go at a triathlon, a "sprint" one, which meant giving it everything as fast as I could. I felt a great sense of achievement at completing it and really enjoyed it, I think the adrenaline got me through! I might even do another one!
- What activities do you do to stay active?
I have always played sport, especially tennis and swimming but snapped my cruciate ligament a few years ago, so after surgery/recovery I now do most of my activities in the gym. I do spin classes, cardio kick/HIIT classes and Pilates, as well as some running. I also volunteer at a Charity - Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary
, where mucking out also gives you a good workout!
- What achievement are you most proud of?
I'm actually very proud of volunteering at Remus which gives me great satisfaction in helping the animals who have had traumatic pasts. It's hard work but very importantly, as in sport, we work together as a team.
- What’s your favourite sports bra?
I wear the Shock Absorber N109
which is fantastic for all the high impact stuff I do and very comfortable. I like the high neck so feel safe and secure yet it also gives you shape.
- Are there any women that inspire you?
- the woman who lost her legs in the London bombings at Aldgate station (3 minutes from my office) in 2005 and went on to play sitting volleyball at the London 2012 Paralympics, proving anything is possible. She also managed to walk down the aisle at her wedding on prosthetic legs. She now has an MBE for services to sport. If that doesn't inspire you I don't know what will.
- Anything extra you’d like to share?
Thank you for asking me to take part, I've really enjoyed my little bit of writing for you. I'd just like to say to all the women out there, whatever your age but especially 40+ (like me), if you want to exercise just for something to do or to lose weight or to get fitter and more healthy, whether you're starting from scratch or re-starting after a few years off - you can do it!!