Triathlete – Real People, Real Fitness
From rookie to avid triathlete: Ros Siddle
In the spirit of our recent triathlon journey and vigorous training schedule, we’ve had to dig deep to find our inner Iron Child, searching long and hard for motivation to get us psyched for our first triathlon.
Enter Ros Siddle, possibly one of the friendliest people who single-handedly changed our perception of triathlon training and what the tri-world is all about. Ros is a true inspiration, embarking in triathlons as a rookie and two years later, completing two half Ironman’s and over 30 races across the three disciplines.
“I love chocolate, tea and have recently developed a love for cooking and experimenting with healthy dishes in the kitchen,” says Ros.
I completed my first triathlon, Freshpak Fitness Festival in Clanwilliam, in 2013. When I met my now fiancé in 2011, he started training for his first full Ironman in 2012, which he completed after a year dedicated to training. Seeing someone start that journey from scratch was truly inspirational, so I decided to join him and try it out myself.
The most satisfying thing about triathlons is the feeling you get once you cross the finish line, knowing all the hard work you have put in over a few months has paid off. It’s so incredible to see how many different types of people take part in triathlons (all ages, shapes and sizes), everyone has their own story that got them to the start line.
I believe it is easy to take on triathlons for the first time. From a training perspective there are so many resources out there to educate and prepare you for training (multisport clubs, online training programs and forums etc.). It’s all about managing your time accordingly and getting into a routine to accommodate a realistic training plan.
The part that most people battle with is finding the time for all three disciplines and having a social life. Many training programs require you to train before and after work and for a good few hours over weekends so I would be lying to you if I said it hasn’t impacted my social life at some point. However, as you become more comfortable with your own training routine you can start to find the balance between your work, social and training life.
In terms of diet, I generally eat quite healthy and ensure I stick to what I know works for me. No fad diets or anything like that. If I feel I need a bit of a boost I’ll add glutamine or whey to my diet to help with recovery.
Triathlons have helped me put structure and routine into my life. It has made me reach goals I thought I’d never be able to achieve before. If you really want it bad enough, and you put in the hours you will be surprised at what you can achieve. I have met so many amazing people through triathlons and grateful for this incredible journey it’s taken me on.
“Race day is all about having fun, doing it for yourself, thinking of your own goals you’d like to achieve, take in every minute of the race and let all the hard work pay off.”
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