‘I compete because I love it! I had Ulcerative Colitis for 13 years before having a total colectomy (large intestine removed). No one talks about colitis as it’s a silent disease but it can be debilitating and affects every part of life. Training /triathlons / duathlons was not always the first thing that came to mind to help me get through the symptoms but it kept me focused as I love to compete, in literally anything. I will never be the fastest but I can beat me, like I beat colitis. I have entered a full Tri (2.4 Swim, 110 Bike 26.2 Run) later this year which scares me but its a challenge and I love to see if I can not only do it but compete!!’