We’ve launched My Tri, a month-long personal triathlon challenge designed to help you make the most of August, as well as raising money to support local people living with cancer.

Open to individuals and teams, you can choose where, when and how you complete your chosen challenge, as long as the overall distances are finished within August.

Our events manager, Laura Beavis, says: “We’re challenging people to get fit by taking part in a swim, cycle and run challenge this summer. It doesn’t matter which order you take on the activities, or how many sessions it takes you to complete them, as long as you do it within the month of August! You can choose to use a treadmill, stationary bike or embrace the great outdoors, and there are no rules about how you record the distances - so whether you’re a data lover, or prefer good old pen and paper, it really is something everyone can get involved in. And all of the money raised will provide invaluable support to people living with cancer.”

We spoke to Louella from Poole who started her sporting career as a rugby player but got into triathlon later in life. Louella trained as a physiotherapist, but after losing her father to cancer in 2013 decided to retrain as an acupuncturist and now spends one day a week working at our Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre.

Louella got into triathlon in 2011 when she did a ‘Try a Tri’ and loved it, despite being the only person in a bikini for the sea swim in September and pretty much last out of the water! She says that her first event provided her with a whole new challenge of learning something new and a dream goal to aspire to 'The Ironman World Championships' in Kona.

“I loved how friendly and helpful everyone was, but most of all I was blown away by the competitors in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond,” she says. “It made me realise I had another 20+ years of racing to go, which should give me plenty of time to try and qualify for Kona. I did a few triathlons in 2012 and then joined Bournemouth-based Zoom Triathlon Club.” She’s now a GB middle distance triathlete and competes in events all around the world in the 50-54 age group.

Louella’s top tips for completing a triathlon:

  • Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and just enjoy the experience, every element is so different
  • Try to train consistently – there are plenty of online plans to help you out
  • Be kind to your body. You’ll get out what you put in
  • Break each element down and make sure you recognise completing each part as a huge achievement
  • Try and do something most days so your body gets used to it. Even if you’re not feeling like it one day you’ll be thankful you’ve got into the mindset
  • Stay hydrated and take on food. You’ll be surprised at how many calories you burn!

All of the money raised will be used to provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Register for your My Tri place