Overcoming Agoraphobia with triathlon

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(Last Updated On: March 10, 2014)

I am 22 years old and currently living in Exeter, Devon. I have been struggling with mental health illness for the last few years. The main thing to affect my life has been agoraphobia. I have been stuck at home most of the time for the last year or so, only ever going out if there is someone to go with me. Due to this, my mood has lowered and my motivation and zest for life seems to have diminished.

After realizing that I have now become incredibly unfit, to the point of two sets of stairs making me out of breath, I decided I needed to do something about it! This is when the thought of doing a triathlon came into my head. I’d heard of how hardcore the training can be but I was at that moment, completely up for the challenge!

After looking into it further, I was very worried that I would not be fit enough to compete in a full length triathlon in August. That’s when I came across a sprint triathlon and a super spring triathlon. I am aiming to compete in the super sprint but hope to be fit enough for the sprint triathlon by then! Super sprint is approx 400m sea swim, 11-12km cycle and 2.5km run. Sprint is approx 750m sea swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. We shall see in a couple of months which one I can realistically compete in!

Further to the barrier of my poor fitness, is my mental state. I am using this as a great push into getting out of the house more and aiding my recovery! Luckily I have a friend who is interested in also competing, so I have some one to train with!

I am raising money for a local branch of the charity “MIND” who are a mental health charity, raising money to help support those who are suffering as well as raising awareness. I hope to raise plenty of money for this great cause  Here is the link to the write up about my triathlon on the MIND website

You can donate via Just Giving here: http://www.justgiving.com/Jessicaandrews8


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