About me


Hi, and welcome. I’m a former couch potato turned triathlete. I mainly race at my local club but travel away for a few sprint and standard distance races.

My original goal was simply to finish an olympic distance triathlon before I turned 40. A few months before my 39th birthday I realised this goal was no longer accurate. It was an airy-fairy, I’d-better-set-a-goal, random thought when I discovered triathlon – before I knew much anything about it. I set a short term goal to complete a Sprint distance triathlon, then to continually improve my performance. You can read more about that decision here.

I’ve created this blog purely to chronicle my journey from couch potato to elite triathlete. Well, that might be a bit of a stretch. I didn’t play sport growing up, I read books, studied and played in an orchestra. At the age of 35 however, I finally discovered a sport I enjoy. Triathlon.

I stumbled across Triathlon Pink late in 2010 and decided to enter the Sydney event in October 2011. In February 2011, I came across the Trishave Women’s Triathlon Festival which was to be held in March. I thought “October is a long way away. I could train for months between now and then only to discover I don’t enjoy it anyway. So, I’ll try this one and see how it goes. Then I won’t waste a year.

I registered for the enticer race but later chickened out and changed my entry to the ‘Try-a-tri’ (a very mini triathlon). Surprise, surprise, I actually enjoyed it – despite the lycra! In June 2013 I signed up with a coach! This was and is quite exciting and very motivating. While I will never be an elite triathlete, I do enjoy triathlons and would recommend them to anyone.

I’m also a huge fan of parkrun.

Thanks for stopping by.



10 thoughts on “About me

  1. Paul J. Stam says:

    Thank you so much for visiting Paper, Mud and Me. I will be following you and pulling for you all the way to the finish line. ;~}

  2. Wow, what a great idea to keep motivated towards a very large goal! I both fear and admire people who can do triathlons….I half suspect you’re all robots. 🙂

  3. Good for you Heather. If it is any consolation I didn’t do my first tri until I was past 50. Just stick at it and it all comes good. Last year I did two half ironman races and loved it. Good luck!!!

    • WOW! Thanks for the encouragement. Half ironman is certainly not on my radar but I am enjoying my slow and steady progress towards my goal of olympic distance.

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