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Why is triathlon booming? I put myself through the pain of a swim-bike-run to find out

Alice Barraclough begins her run during the Blenheim Triathlon
Alice Barraclough begins her run during the Blenheim Triathlon Credit: Marathon-Photos.com

Why had I agreed to this? I looked out at the bobbing pontoon in the lake at Blenheim Palace, as faceless wetsuit-clad men and women jumped one after the other into the bracing water. Soon, I would join their numbers.

Five months before, a close friend had somehow persuaded me to sign up to my first ever triathlon. “If anyone can do it, it’s you,” I remember her saying. I was sports-mad as a kid – it was in my blood – but there were no signs of any unusual or exceptional talent. My mum was a swimmer, my dad loved cycling, and my three siblings took up triathlon at a very young age – but it never really interested me. A swim that resembled a mass brawl, a high-speed road race with chafing thighs,...

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