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Competitor Story – Charlie Paradise

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Charlie Paradise who took part in the Chippenham 10k with us.

Since September 2018 I have been undergoing a challenge to raise awareness of mental health in the hope to help normalise it. This is an important subject for me, one that is very close to my heart for a number of reasons including my own experience of struggling with clinical depression in my mid 20s.

One of the biggest barrier to people gaining support is the stigma around the topic, you can feel like your different and no one would understand, but actually mental health is something we all have and at least 1 in 4 of us will struggle with mental health issues. Our mental health is a spectrum and we are continuously moving around on that spectrum, lives events really affect us and therefore it isn’t a sign of weakness to struggle, its completely understandable and normal.

I picked a challenge of completing 1000km in 400 days to represent those 1 in 4 people and I am using physical activity to complete this – run, walk and three bike rides – as physical activity has always helped my mental well being and I believe it can help others too.

The Chippenham 10k was the 4th DB Max event that I am taken on for this challenge, the events have been excellent and really enjoyable. My 1000km is all being completed through events, so its about finding the right ones where the participants are nice, the events are well managed and there is no pressure to be the best- DB Max tick all these boxes.

I have a link if anyone would like to find out more- https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/1in4

 

COMPETITOR STORY – LISA NELSON

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Lisa Nelson who took part in the Westonbirt Triathlon with us.

21st May 2018, three weeks after my 40th Birthday I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer. After 7 cycles of chemotherapy, surgery and 4 weeks of radiotherapy I wanted to come back to Westonbirt Triathlon stronger than before.

Exercising has been very important to me during my treatment. It is good to have goals to achieve to keep you motivated.

I am pleased to say that I improved on my time from last year. Thank you to everyone at DB Max who made the event so successful.

I will be back next year”

 

COMPETITOR STORY – ANGELA FISHER

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Angela Fisher who took part in the #51fiver with us.

In 2017 I was training for my first Ironman, Bolton in July. I was out with  my husband and some friends doing a long ride just a month before race day when I hit some electrical covers in the road at about 20 mph and came off my bike. I was unconscious and was air lifted to hospital.

I don’t really remember much of my time in hospital. I was there for a week with a broken neck, collar bone, wrist, ribs, fingers, and a hole in my cheek bone. I realised I wasn’t going to make Bolton but I was determined that one day I would complete it. There was never any doubt in my mind that I would do it. Some would say I’m very stubborn.

Much to the consultants amazement I was back in the water 3 weeks later with a special waterproof sleeve to protect the plater on my broken wrist. I was jogging gently round the track but it took a few more months to get back on the bike. Initially I couldn’t change gear because of my wrist and fingers and had to ride round on the small ring.

I had a massive loss of confidence on the bike plus I found it  really painful with the injuries I’d sustained. I just kept plugging away at it little by little and signed up to do Ironman Austria in 2018, 12 months after the accident.

Ironman Austria was amazing. I wasn’t 100% fit and still not happy on the bike but if you don’t try then you never know if you can do it or not. Needless to say I finished and was 4th in my AG.

Another 12months on and I’m training for Ironman Barcelona. I am so much better now and I have got over my fear of cycling.

My neck has been the most painful of all the injuries but has much improved with arthritis medication. I have a few permanent injuries such as some nerve damage to my face but feel very lucky to still be alive. Thank god for helmets!

Cotswolds was my first race last year post accident on my journey to towards being an ‘Ironwoman’. It was a wonderful event and I enjoyed it so much more now I’m fit again. I’m also planning my first tattoo this year. The immortal words “Never Give Up.”

 

Turn injury into a positive!

Injured? Unable to run? This blog can show you how to turn this into a positive experience…

Being injured is never fun, and every athlete’s worst nightmare. Nobody wants to be out of action for weeks or even months on end. However, it’s part of the package and likely to occur once in a while throughout your training years so here are a few tips on how to create a positive experience from them.

The initial stages of injury suck! You feel down, restricted, annoyed, worried about loss of fitness etc. However, once you have given into these feelings and accepted the injury, this is where the magic can happen.

You see, injury enforces you to rest, and though this is something you may not want to do and find hard to accept at first, it can actually be the biggest blessing given to you. Time off and rest plays a huge role in long-term health and fitness. It allows the body to re-set and catch up.

Create use out of your injury

Ok so you can’t train like you did before, so use this additional time to gain experience and understanding of the injury itself.

Why did this injury happen?

How can you prevent this from occurring again?

Use this time to focus on the areas that you may have neglected beforehand such as strength training or nutrition.

Give that head a rest

Just like your body, your brain needs a rest too. If you are injured and find yourself with extra time that would have been used for training, use it on another aspect in your life. Break away from your usual routine and channel it into something else. This could be arranging a coffee with a friend or taking up another hobby or sport to take your mind off of the injury.

Running is a much mental as it is physical. Allowing your mind to focus on another area away from the injury can be a great thing and one which will create a positive experience for you too!

Don’t jump straight back in

If you’ve been given the go-ahead to return to running and start to ramp back up the training miles, err on the side of caution. Ease yourself back in slowly. Have patience and listen to your body. Keep that perspective firmly fixed in the front of your mind and respect the work your body has gone through in order to get you back to this point. Jumping straight back in at the pointy end of training isn’t the answer and may revert you back to square one.

The beauty of an injury is it makes you appreciate just how incredible our bodies are at rebuilding, learn from this experience and I promise you will return stronger both physically and mentally.

COMPETITOR STORY – LORI MARSHALL

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Lori Marshall who took part in the #51fiver with us.

In 2016, myself and a friend decided to really push ourselves both physically and mentally by completing 11 National and International challenges. We call ourselves Mud, Sweat and Fears!

This was to raise as much money and awareness for four incredible charities extremely close to our hearts, aptly spelling out the word DAFT: Dementia, Autism (NAS), Florence Nightingale Hospice, Thembalitsha (based in South Africa).

So far we have successfully completed 10 challenges including a 3 day trek up an active volcano, shark cage dive, a half marathon, Macchu Picchu 5 day trek, a lot of mountain climbing and a 12 hour relay where we both ran 36 miles each!

There have been challenges that got us sweaty, caked in mud and truly facing some of our biggest fears!! Some of them we knew were going to physically and mentally test us, but we also found that we were surprised by a few of the challenges being a lot tougher then we had anticipated! That is something that makes completing all the challenges feel that bit sweeter! We truly pushed what we thought were our limits and lived by our motto of Mind Over Matter.

When you put your mind to it, really almost anything is possible! My friend Cosette has recently completed her childhood dream of running the London Marathon which was challenge number 10, and now it is my turn to complete something that I have always wanted to do which brought me to the Cotswold #51fiver Triathlon.

The anticipation of this event was exciting and I could not wait to push myself even further with this event, who knows maybe one day you’ll find me doing an Ironman!

Search “Mud, Sweat And Fears” on Facebook to see full details of past and present challenges!

 

5 triathlon tips for newbies

Summer is fast approaching and the 2019 triathlon season has begun!

Being a triathlete myself and reminiscing of my first few races, there are certainly some tips I wish I’d been given prior to the day. So this post is aimed at helping those first timers who are in the same position in a bid to help you avoid the mistakes I made!

1. Practice swimming in open water before the race

Open water swimming is entirely different to pool swimming. For a start, you haven’t got the lane etiquette and that big black line to follow up and down. Instead you will be emerged in a dark lake with weeds and a couple of bouys to sight. If the swim is a “mass start” get ready for a bit of a scuffle. You will find yourself surrounded by flying limbs left right and centre and it can all be a little overwhelming especially if it’s your first time.

Try to remain calm and get yourself into a space where you are free to move and hit a rhythm (this may take a couple of hundred metres before this can happen due to the number of other triathletes in the swim).

Remember to sight regularly and look out for the bouys as it is easy to drift off course without even feeling it. It takes a few times to adjust so if you can get yourself to an open water swimming venue before hand, I highly recommend it.

2. Always check your bike

Prior to your race, give your bike a little once over, checking the gears and breaks are working efficiently, your tyre pressures are correct and you are happy with the set up.

This can be done the night before and also when in transition setting up prior to your race. Although once you leave transition it is out of your control what happens, knowing that everything was working and you’ve placed your bike into the correct gears before takes a little pressure off of you when you rush in from your swim.

My first triathlon saw me having to place the chain back on once I had de-racked my bike from T1 because it was in the wrong gear when I went to mount…fun times!

3. Practice your transitions.

It’s a good idea to have a couple of trial runs of your T1 and T2 transitions prior to race day especially if you are racing in a sprint and olympic where every second matters. The time taken in transitions can be valuable, so nailing these as efficiently and fast as possible is key. An example would be practicing coming out of your wetsuit and putting on your bike gear as these things can be tricky when under a pressured situation like a race.

4. Elastic laces are game changers.

Swapping your normal laces for elastic ones is a great idea and one which will save you valuable time in T2. When I did my first triathlon I had no idea about elastic laces and spent a few too many minutes undoing and redoing my laces before setting off on my run.

5. Don’t forget to enjoy it.

Although the above tips are something which can help prepare you a little better than I was for my first triathlon, it’s important to not get too caught up in it all with it being your first race. Try to take it all in and enjoy the day. There will be plenty of opportunities to nail these tips in future races and improve on your times etc.

Triathlon is a great sport and one which brings everybody together and involves all walks of life. The triathlon community is so friendly and helpful and I have no doubt that which ever race you have entered for your first one will be great!


Be sure to check out our 2019 triathlons:

Westonbirt sprint triathlon – 27th May 2019

Titan Brecon middle distance – 15th June 2019

Portishead sprint triathlon – 17th August 2019

 

COMPETITOR STORY – LORRAINE MOSTAFA

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Lorraine Mostafa who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Easter 10k with us.

‘I started running 5 years ago after my daughter was born. I did C25K. I moved house around a year later and a mum I had become friends with at a baby group moved next door. We had done a mums fitness group together so decided to start running together. Little did I know that she was a marathoner!!! We got thinking that it would be nice to have a ladies running group, for all abilities, in the North Swindon area. As we are both mums, and we know a lot of mum’s, we called it Mums On The Run!  We got a good response to our Facebook advertising and had quite a few runners join us! We meet up every Tuesday and Thursday. We now have over 100 members on our Facebook group. We have our regulars who run with us each week and other members get out around their own areas of Swindon. We share our accomplishments with each other and support one another in our races. Without these ladies, I would never have considered running a half marathon, but I have….TWICE! Our group has also entered the Cotswolds 100 mile run and we came second! Not bad for mums who run to get out of the bedtime routine!!

Mums On The Run is a chance for ladies to have a little me-time, to meet up for some exercise, fresh air, a natter or a rant!! It is also a way for ladies to get out running with a buddy if they are nervous of running on their own. We have ladies of all abilities running with us and we welcome new faces all the time.

We have also set up Mums On The Run C25K for beginners! We have had huge success with that! One of our mums did the C25k and then went on to run a half marathon a few months later!’

COMPETITOR STORY – MICHELE CAUDREY

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Michele Caudrey who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Easter 10k with us.

‘I wanted run a 10K as I run 5K most weeks and wanted to stretch myself more. It was more realistic for me to do this distance rather than a half marathon as it was easier for me to fit in the training around my work shifts and children. I am raising money for BOWEL CANCER UK.

I am a Specialist Nurse with the Bowel Cancer Screening Team in Gloucestershire. My dad died in 2005 from bowel cancer – there was no screening then. I miss him every day. If bowel cancer is caught early, it can be cured. Yes – it seems embarrassing, but the nurses and doctors are all professional and experienced and have seen it all before. 55 year old’s are offered a one off ‘camera test’ to look at the left side of the bowel. From age 60 – the ‘pooh’ test is sent out every 2 years. Any bowel symptoms, please discuss with your doctor (GP) – these include, a change in bowel habit, abdominal pain and bleeding from your bottom.’

Check out Michele’s JustGiving Page for Bowel Cancer UK  http://www.justgiving.com/MicheleCaudrey1

 

 

COMPETITOR STORY – EMMA BURKE

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Emma Burke who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Easter 10k with us. Here’s what she had to say:

I ran the 10k in memory of my husband Jamie Burke who was taken away from us in April 2018. I chose this event as Westonbirt is a special place for us as a family, Jamie loved running and I wanted to raise funds for St Peters Hospice, who cared for Jamie and supported us as a family.  I only started running in January this year to train for this event, whilst doing this I have discovered that I enjoy running. When I run outdoors I feel free, it clears my mind, I have now found myself a new hobby!

Emma has set up a JustGiving page:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-burke15

 

 

 

COMPETITOR STORY – PETE FLAHERTY

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

We were delighted that Pete Flaherty took part in the Battle Of Lansdown……..here’s why Pete tackled the 35 obstacles.

Over the last two years I have witnessed the suffering and passing of both my Nan & Granddad due to this terrible disease.  For those that know me, they know that calling them Nan & Granddad doesn’t do them justice, as for most of my life they brought me up.  I am extremely grateful for everything they have given me. For taking on the job of being my ‘Mum & Dad‘.

As a way of remembering them and saying thank you for all the sacrifices they made, I will be undertaking 12-months of extreme(ish) crazy(ish) challenges.  My aim is to raise as much money as possible to help the continued research and treatment of Dementia.

So far I have completed Tough Guy in January, The Beast in February and the Battle of Lansdown.’

Please see Pete’s fundraising challenges below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peteflaherty

  • January: Tough Guy
  • February: The Beast
  • March: The Battle of Lansdown
  • April: My Jiu-Jitsu Challenge – 1,000 throws in 5 hours
  • May: Tough Mudder 5k & 100km Canoe Challenge on River Spey in Scotland
  • June: Rough Runner 15k
  • July: Climbing Ben Nevis
  • August; My 6 year old son will be climbing Snowdon (with me!)
  • September: Tough Mudder Full
  • October: Hell runner: Hell-up North
  • November: tbc
  • December: My Ju Jitsu Black Belt Grading (hopefully!!)