Competitor Stories – John Ord


DB Max #51fiver triathlon was part of a process I set myself to regain and surpass the fitness and endurance I had before my illness in Jan 2013.

I contracted a chest infection, which, due to a splenectomy 8 years previously, developed into septicaemia and later DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation), a serious disorder in which the proteins that control blood clotting become over active. I wasn’t expected to endure that first night & was induced into a coma the following day & for four days the staff of Fairfield Hospital ICU worked tirelessly to save my life. I spent a further two weeks in the ICU and later lost the tips of several toes, due to the drugs i had to be given to in order to keep me alive.Ironically, one of the reasons given for my survival that night was the fact i was in peak physical condition due to training for my first triathlon! Three years down the line my health is restored due entirely to the medical team & staff at the hospital.

Overall I’d say that triathlon gives me the best chance of being what I call “fit for life”. I get an all round body fitness, enough variety to keep me interested long term, a mix of environments with the water and land, and a healthy dose of adrenaline and endorphin’s thrown in for free.