I’m doing the London Triathlon!


Have you ever said something and then the second the words have left your mouth you want to suck them back in and pretend they never happened? Imagine if you could just breathe them back in with a huge gasp of air. That would be good. That would get me out of a lot of bad situations.

“We should definitely do a triathlon for this year’s Charity of the Year,” I boomed across the office in work. Boomed? I never boom. I’m quiet! Why did those words suddenly sound so loud that everyone heard them and there was no way I could take them back.

I work for Flight Centre and every year we have a Charity of the Year that we aim to raise £100k for. Everyone gets really involved by making cupcakes, selling books, taking custard pies to the face or doing walks along the Thames but I’ve decided to take things a step further. Why didn’t I just bake a cake!?

So now it looks like I’m stuck doing the London Triathlon in July with my friend and colleague Vicky Flip Flop who can always be relied upon to do something really stupid.


Our charity this year is Make-A-Wish and every time I start to wonder why I’m this, I think about why we’re doing it. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of terminally ill children and giving just a little can make such a difference. I’d love to raise some money for this event so please spare some pennies and donate to my Just Giving page (which is currently looking a bit sad).

So what do I have to do?

  • Swim 750m
  • Cycle 20km
  • Run 5km

I know what you’re thinking. That seems pretty easy, right? That’s what I thought too.

I can swim 750 meters, I spend hours in the bath, I’m practically a mermaid. I can cycle 20k, I went to a motivational spin class once.  NB: A motivational spin class is where they yell things like, ‘Go girl, you can do it!’ I couldn’t do it but their unwavering belief was rather nice. And I’m sure I ran a couple of k’s while wearing 4 inch heels on Saturday night to catch the last tube home (which I missed – I think I need to work on my speed).

But I’ve been told that when you put them all together it will be one of the toughest few hours of your life. I think I best get training!

I’ve been listening to a bit of motivational music to keep me going.

For the run – Run by Kill it Kid

I like the out-of-breathy quality to the singing so I can huff and puff along while I’m forcing one foot infront of the other.

For the Cycle – DJ Yoda Feat. Soom T. & Afrikan Boy – Rudies

For the swim – Splish Splash


OK, I’ll admit that I couldn’t think of a song for swimming but this makes splashing around sound like a lot of fun and I do a lot of splishing and splashing when I swim.

If you know of any other motivational exercise songs, please let me know. I think I’m going to need all the help I can get!

  1. Arianwen 8 years ago

    I’m impressed! I used to run a lot but have no swimming technique at all. I heard the worst bit is trying to run after cycling so far. Apparently your legs are all wobbly! Best of luck!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Yes, I’ve been told that it’s the transition between each activity which is the hard part. I’m useless at swimming too – tempted to just do breaststroke for the entire 750m!

  2. Poi 8 years ago

    July!?!?! You’ve not given yourself a lot of prep time, Monica!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      What!? Don’t say things like that. I’m scared now! I have 6-7 weeks. Have you done anything like this yourself?

  3. Kayli 8 years ago

    Best of luck to you!

  4. Wow! That is very ambitious. Have you shopped for what you are going to wear yet? 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      I haven’t yet but that’s actually a really good point. Any suggestions? I know I need to get a wetsuit but it’s so expensive I’ve been putting it off.

      • Didn’t mean to scare you and Vicky! 🙂 The extent of my exercise is one pilates class a week! I’ve never done a triathalon, but I have a friend who does them (because marathons aren’t enough for her). Here are her suggestions: Light bike shorts – you don’t want the thick padded kind because they don’t dry and will feel like diapers. Triathlon swim top (i.e. a two piece that supports you while you run). Bike Jersey that zips so as not to waste time in transition. Rent a wetsuit. Or borrow one.
        Hope this helps and good luck. I’ll be rooting for you from across the pond.

        • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

          Thanks so much Katherine, that’s really good to know, especially about getting non-padded bike shorts! I think it’s time for some triathlon shopping 🙂

  5. Vicky 8 years ago

    Oh dear – what have we let ourselves in for? Poi and Katherine’s comments have scared me even more now. I need to get serious. Interesting description of me there Mon, I’ll take it as a compliment 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Of course it’s a compliment. Yea, they’ve scared me too! 6 weeks to go. We can do this Vic!

  6. Shalu Sharma 8 years ago

    Well done. I am sure you will do it. But was wondering if 750 meters is quite a distance for swimming. Wish you the best of luck.

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Thanks Shalu! I’ve tried doing 750m a couple times over the past few weeks and I can manage it no problem in a lovely, warm swimming pool. I think open water is going to be a different issue! Especially when it will be followed by the other two other activities.

  7. Scarlett 8 years ago

    This is SO impressive!! I need to be brave enough to do this, good luck with training! xx

  8. That’s amazing! We have really been wanting to try a triathlon ever since we ran our first marathon last year. But, the swimming! Gah I can barely swim a few laps. For motivational songs, a couple I always listen to are The Fighter (Gym Class Heroes) and Bangarang (Skrillex). Also, if you go to Rock My Run you can get free credits for running playlists. Good luck!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      That’s a brilliant tip with the Rock My Run, thanks guys, I’ll definitely be checking that out.
      It was only a couple of weeks ago that I thought I was a terrible swimmer but I’m slowly (very slowly) getting a bit better. Good on you both for doing a marathon, I don’t think I’d ever be able to do that!

  9. Angela 8 years ago

    I’m sort of scared and proud at the same time. Scared you might die of exhaustion and proud because doing stuff like this makes you pretty awesome!

    • TheTravelHack 8 years ago

      Ha, thanks Angela. I’m not sure if that makes me more scared or more excited about doing this!

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