KATIE AND JAMIE COMPLETE THE HEVER TRIATHLON!
Congratulations from all at the Clinic. We are very proud of you Katie. An awesome achievement in the Hever Triathlon Well done.
BBC Breakfast covered the event and a special message of luck from the Brownlee brothers simply added to my fear.
Two weeks prior to the event I informed friends and family that I just couldn’t do it! Strangely once I had done that the pressure was lifted & I started to reconsider and decided I COULD & WOULD do it! I kept it to myself and thought that even if I just got in the lake then at least that would be an achievement in its own right!
I had long ago written off running events. My knee was badly damaged in a charity 10k two years ago. That is why the triathlon appealed as it was a variety of sports, with a relatively short run. I have been a patient at Sevenoaks Chiropractic Clinic for many years and have worked here for the last 2 years. I have a history of chronic back pain & both knee and shoulder instability. All of which made me think that sporting events and ‘getting older’ was not a good mix! Thanks to the clinic I was about to be proved very wrong!
The lake, as expected, was freezing! It was however a beautiful sunny day and there was something very special about being allowed to swim in such an historic place.
The hardest part of the swim was avoiding other peoples legs! We were all swimming together and my strategy was to hang back to avoid a nasty kick. It actually turned out to be my favourite part of the whole day!
Out of the lake and onto the cycling. It was a challenge in its own right running barefooted to the cycle transition. Here we had to remove our wetsuits, get our helmets, shoes and trainers on and ‘leap’ onto the bike for a 15k ride.
There was a gruelling hill at the start that went on forever. After that it was picturesque through local villages and past the local pubs. Thankfully with some lovely downhill stretches !
Although tempting I did not stop at the pubs ! The run was my biggest fear and I really thought that my knee was going to let me down. Amazingly I had no pain at all and I managed to finish the run and complete the race in a time of 1 hour 37 minutes. Time was never a factor for me; finishing was all I hoped for!!
Whilst I would like to say that I then went and laid down and had a cup of tea/wine I had my son to help ! He was entered into the age 8-10 year category and he was looking incredibly nervous!
He was competing with his little classmates. I think they were all making each other more and more anxious ! Mostly about the ‘stinky duck lake !’
Jamie has been a patient at the clinic since he was 6. He regularly sees Dr Helen Mulliner to ensure the daily rough and tumble of a boys life is straightened out! He loves coming and adores Dr Mulliner !
After a very detailed safety briefing the boys were off and swimming the lake. I was incredibly proud of them all as the lake is very daunting, cold and big!
Thankfully the Speedo support team was great and they were escorted by kayaks which made me feel a lot better! He was freezing when he came out to find his bike but very happy to have completed the part he was worrying about the most!
Jamie then continued onto the cycle – 4k for the junior section and all off road. He managed well and coped with adversity when a peddle fell off and the marshalls had to assist ! He completed the triathlon in 45 minutes and once again although time was never a focus, he was very pleased with himself!
I would like to thank all the DC’s at our clinic for their time and patience in restoring and maintaining my health and for looking after my whole family !!