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.”