Every Thursday at my work one person sends out an email to the whole company listing a few of their inspirations and then nominate the person whose turn it is the next week, this is widely known as ‘Thursday Inspiration’ (genius!).
After almost two years it was finally my turn. So I thought I would share what I sent round…
Can’t believe I got away without doing this for so long! Everyone must have wanted to save the best till last, right? Right?
Anyway, without further ado, here are a few of my current inspirations…
Chrissie Wellington is unbelievable. She holds all three world and championship records relating to ironman-distance triathlon races: The overall world record, the Ironman World Championship course record and the official world record for all Ironman-branded triathlon races over the full Ironman distance. An ironman for those not in the know, is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and rounding off with a marathon or 26.2 mile run. Piece of cake!
At the beginning of June 2011 in the Challenge Roth event, Chrissie set a new world record, with a run time of 2:44:35 (most people can only dream of a 2.44 marathon). Only four men finished in front of her, and only one man was able to beat her marathon time. She is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional, an achievement described by the British Triathlon Federation as “a remarkable feat, deemed to be a near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships.”
I occasionally see Chrissie training in Richmond Park and she always smiles at me when I wave at her like a crazy fan girl.
Hannah Barnes is a 20 year old waitress who races with the women’s MG Maxifuel team. In the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix series she also survived the following crash:
That would certainly have been it for me (and I imagine 98% of other cyclists) not Barnes though. She got back on her bike, and won the race (she later went to hospital and had 9 stiches to sew her chin back together)
She then went on to beat double Olympic champion Laura Trott in the IG Nocturne last month.
I strive to be as cool as Hannah Barnes.
I love Richmond Park. I cannot think of anywhere I would rather spend time running/cycling and I spend a lot of time doing both of those activities.
Plus I occasionally get to see Chrissie Wellington there!