My Triathlon: Anna Grealish

Triathletes are extraordinary people with inspiring stories to tell. Every fortnight, 'My Triathlon' features a story from someone in our triathlon community, told in their own words.

MyTriathlon - Anna Grealish

Anna Grealish

"When I found out I was pregnant in 2015 I was so excited. I was determined however to have an active pregnancy and keep up my training as much as possible. I got advice from other triathletes who had had babies and who had come back to racing afterwards. Although my training load reduced I was still able to swim and turbo right up to the day before I had my baby."

"I was then very unlucky and complications afterwards meant that after struggling for several difficult months I ended up having surgery. It took me almost 6 months to be able to jog and 9 months before I could get back on the bike or swim."

"Training had always been a huge part of my life and although I had a new baby I still missed the boost I got from exercise. So I made a plan to start small and I gave myself goals."

"I started with walking everyday and gradually built up my fitness again. The park runs were my main goal and I wanted to be able to run 5KM without stopping. The first one I did was as hard as any olympic triathlon but I was determined and it was one of the best feelings to finally be back taking part in an event."

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"Once I got my confidence back it was just a matter of staying positive and doing a little bit at a time. I had to be patient. I love the feeling of taking part in an event with everyone and all the support you get from the participants, marshals and supporters is a real boost."

"I was always nervous about racing but now I just feel so happy to be able to take part again that every time I hit that start line its with a smile on my face."

As well as being a triathlete, Anna works as the Women's Participation Lead in Triathlon Ireland.

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