This is a fun photo challenge this week! It is difficult to just choose one photo that means achievement for me, so I have three. There is past, recent, and future. Let me explain.
This photo represents all my achievements on the international triathlon circuit. The framed photos and medal was my very first race for Great Britain, on the Gold Coast for the 2009 Triathlon World Championships. Following that I raced in three European championships in Athlone (Ireland) in 2010, Pontevedra (Spain) in 2011 and Eilat (Israel) in 2012. I qualified for a 4th in Alanya (Turkey) in 2013 but wasn’t able to attend that race. I also raced in three more World Championships: Budapest (Hungary) in 2010, Beijing (China) in 2011 and Auckland (New Zealand) in 2012. My best position at world level was 17th, and at European level – 5th. Injury forced me to retire in 2012.
Just when I thought my sporting career was over, I had more unexpected success.
I collected 5 silvers and one gold medal in the New Zealand Masters Games in 2013, plus a later even more unexpected gold medal at the South Island Masters regatta, for the novice single sculls!
But, If I was to choose a picture that represents future success, and a journey that is just beginning, it would need to be this one. This is the team MARBEL logo, our logo for team Challenge Wanaka. The team is made up of Mark, Ben and Melanie, hence the name. We haven’t got as far as T shirt printing yet, that is also on our list, before race day on 22 February 2015.
I will be doing the 3800m swim, Ben will be cycling the 180km, and my husband Mark will complete the 42.2km marathon. It was always a goal of mine to complete an ironman distance triathlon, however due to the knee injury, I won’t be able to do it solo, plus its much more fun in a team!