Hola, Bonjour, Ciao, Aloha or Konichiwa, wherever in the world you are reading from hello and welcome! My name is Chloe and I am a 29 year old pharmacist and triathlete from sunny Queensland, Australia. By most accounts I am your normal age group triathlete, I work full time, train part time and try to fit in a life around this.
I genuinely love all aspects of triathlon, the swimming, riding and running, the mental and physical challenges, the friendships, the races and how it makes me feel. I began with absolutely no sporting background and would not have believed you 2 years ago if you told me one day I would call myself a triathlete and post photos of myself wearing lycra on the internet!
I fell in love with triathlon at some stage during 2014, I can’t exactly remember when… At the start of the year I was struggling with the battle of the bulge, couldn’t run 5km without stopping and wanted to meet new people as I had recently moved to Noosa so started triathlon training. The training turned from a chore into a habit, then into an interest and before I knew it, it was a passion. Now it’s not just a triathlon, it’s a lifestyle and I couldn’t imagine life any other way.
To say I have learnt a lot from triathlon training would be an understatement, I have been taught so much, not just about the sport but also about myself. This is part of the reason I have started this blog, to document my journey as well as share an insight into the trials and tribulations of triathlon.
After a hard training session I love to debrief with coffee and friends, if it’s been particularly huge add in some fruit toast and you have my perfect morning. I also LOVE finger buns, donuts, dark chocolate, ice cream, red frogs, pineapple lollies and wine (that make my diet sound terrible, but I do try to keep the treats to a minimum)!
They say triathlon is an individual sport, but in my short experience I have found it anything but that. Although I do a fair bit of my training alone, without my training buddies, coach and online triathlon community I don’t think I would have come as far, or enjoy the sport as much as I do. I have forged some wonderful friendships through triathlon and continue to meet new people whom inspire me, encourage me and enrich my life.
I would love to hear your stories, thoughts, race reports, recommendations and feedback and hopefully we can all learn from each other, the only thing I ask is POSITIVE VIBES ONLY!