It’s never too late to start triathlon… Congratulations Lloyd!
After a fantastic start into triathlon, we asked one our clients Lloyd Pearce to tell us about his experience, why he started and what challenges he faced!
“It turns out then that a middle aged fat bloke can indeed complete a triathlon! It wasn’t that long ago that the sofa was all too familiar… As I drank another glass of wine, reaching for my evening blood pressure tablet and wincing from lower back pain, something occurred to me. 50 years of age is not that far away, my body is broken and the size of a bus and perhaps I’d really better try and do something about my unhealthy lifestyle.
I know – how about a Triathlon!
Over the preceding years, the excuses of being busy at work, too old and too overweight had dominated my reasoning for failing to engage in any form of physical activity and I had happily settled into a sedentary groove.
After rupturing my ACL and failing rather dismally post-surgery with the rehab and several years later needing a Microdiscectomy to my L5/S1 disc, I was pretty certain that any chance of regaining a level of fitness was out of reach. The exquisite feeling of the combination of pain from poor knee stability, stiffness and pain after back surgery for years afterwards, certainly was a daily reminder of why I ‘thought’ it best to remain non-active – the thought of actually moving more quickly than a fast walk was simply ridiculous. And so the sofa became a good and familiar pal.
Forward the clock to my decision to try and do a triathlon and training commenced. With the help of triathlon coach and personal trainer, Sam Tomkins, I was engaged with 10 minutes on the turbo trainer, 30 second walk / 30 second run which was quite ‘do-able’, although exhausting but swimming would be awkward as I couldn’t really swim. (Splashing about was ok and perhaps a 10metre breast stroke whilst getting to the swim up bar on holiday was possible but any more than that led to a bit of panic).
Recruiting a coach made an enormous difference. To have a tailor made programme that taught me the basics and gradually increased the work load led to growing fitness, technique and a support mechanism that made me think that perhaps I could actually complete a triathlon! What I kept quiet, was the struggle from injuries. Choosing instead to take pain killers before each run and swim session to try and complete it. Time to put my big boy pants on and man up a little bit is what I thought was needed.
In December, it was obvious that shoulder pain was preventing me from progressing with the swim and a visit to a consultant and resultant scan identified a tear to the rotator cuff and decompression procedure required to the shoulder. Surgery just before Christmas was a real set-back but I was determined to be able to take part in my first event in May. Training continued and remarkably the shoulder responded really well and my swim technique started to improve quite quickly.
Taking pain killers before each run session was now standard practise and I was convinced that pain was just what sometimes happened when you ran. Eventually of course, something had to happen and running through shin splint pain became impossible and my coach very quickly introduced me to Alex at the Drummond clinic.
Alex took a global approach to my injury and I noticed immediate improvement. Having been quite despondent, I gained confidence quickly through his reassurance that I would be able to run and take part in the triathlon in May. Without any doubt at all, being treated by Alex and I may add, being looked after by the whole team at Drummond, has contributed significantly to my being able to complete my first event this May. I now run without pain (can you believe that… no pain killers required!), I’m getting quicker on the bike and it appears that I might actually be able to swim.
I’m now training for my 2nd event, the sofa is not quite as familiar as it once was, I do not take medication for high blood pressure and my weight is dropping. It turns out then, that moving more quickly is indeed good for you, that the body responds well to being ‘used’ and even with injuries, providing you seek the help of excellent physiotherapy support you can achieve your physical objectives….”
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