Not that long ago a group of ladies turned up at the tri club swim session with little to no swim experience, one of those ladies was Myra. It became apparent pretty quickly that Myra is one determined lady who works extremely hard to meet her goals!
Myra was kind enough to share her journey going through the process of using a personal trainer to lose weight and get fit and subsequently taking on the challenge of a wide variety of events... generally involving swim, bike and/or run!
Myra started with her personal trainer back in May 2016 and after 12 weeks had made outstanding progress losing 2.4 stone (15.4kg) with a combined body measurement reduction of 21 inches (53.4cm). By November 2016 Myra had continued with her drive and determination and had lost a total of 3.8 stone (24.1kg) with a combined body measurement reduction of 42 inches (106.7cm).
Myra completed her first 5k, the Supernova Kelpies in November 2016 in a time of 37:05 and hasn't stopped since... Among other things, Myra is a regular at Parkrun both as a runner (she recently completed her 45th Parkrun) but also as a volunteer. In 2017 she completed her first 10k, the Baxters River Ness 10k, in a time of 1:06:29 and has gone on to complete several more 10k races since. Myra's personal trainer had asked her for a list of goals she wanted to achieve and one of these was 100k of competitive running in 2018. In 2017 she completed 75k and is currently on track to meet her goal - one of her recent races that contributed to this was the Race the Train event in Aviemore where the photographer commented on her witty banter! Over the winter Myra took part in two of the club's winter duathlon series and in April completed the Loch Ness Etape cycle sportive in a time of 4h50m - this was Myra's first proper cycle event.
Myra's most recent accomplishment was completing the Touler 10k which takes place around the village of Tomintoul and the Glenavon Estate so you can be pretty sure the scenery is going to be spectacular - hopefully enough to distract you from any hills that you might find yourself running up on the day... Myra may have mentioned something about hills!
Next up is the Novice Triathlon in Nairn later this year. Myra's been working hard on her swimming and has gone from being a complete newbie to front crawl to now being able to competently swim the stroke and again through hard work and determination she just keeps getting quicker!
It's quite a journey you've been on Myra and you've achieved an incredible amount in a short space of time and it doesn't look like you're stopping any time soon. I'm sure there are people out there who think a triathlon is out of reach but hopefully Myra's story will inspire them to see that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.
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