Maria O'Loan

Maira OLoan


Maria O'Loan



Background (Reasons for attempting The Race)

I was a complete coach potato throughout school and university and started cycling when I was 29. My first sportive in 2008 was the Bangor Coastal challenge and I was so convinced that 60 miles was impossible that I parked my car half way round just in case! I had to get a lift back to my car and I have had a love affair with the bike ever since.

I started running about 7 years ago and unfortunately managed to break my knee cap and tear my patellar tendon in a bit of a freak accident about 5 years ago. I was told that I would never run again. I had a long and slow road to recovery and started to gingerly jog again. I decided to learn to swim in January 2013 to help with my rehab. I couldn't swim at all when I started and I was terrified of being out of my depth. 9 months later I was at the start line of my first indoor triathlon not sure that I could swim 30 lengths. I survived and decided to do Wasdale Half Ironman - taking in the UK's two steepest roads and a run up England's highest peak - nothing like picking an easy one for your first 70.3. Despite being kicked in the head in the swim and having a mechanical which rendered my bike a fixie,  I finished and I was hooked!

What I lack in speed I make up for in sheer determination (some might call it stubbornness) and The Race presents a wonderful opportunity to test my limits, learn a new skill (I am learning to Kayak) and try something new.   


What has followed has been a whirlwind of two Ironman - UK and Sweden, several half Ironman, multiple triathlons, the City to Summit Iron distance Duathlon, Connemarathon and lots of half marathons.


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