In 2010 I (Ed Beech) was somewhere between 17 & 18 stone in weight and I decided things needed to change when it was a struggle to put my socks on in the morning.
So I cut out the junk food and started walking and swimming before work (breast stroke only), I always enjoyed cycling when I was younger so I decided to add cycling into my new regime. As the weight continued to drop off a friend of mine suggested I joined a local running club where he was a member of, this was about the time of the London Olympics where I saw triathlon on the TV for the first time. Realising I was doing all three disciplines I decided I was going to enter my first tri (Hereford Sprint 2013) and I have not looked back.
Since that first Triathlon in 2013 I have succesfully completed many Triathlons from Sprint all the way through to Iron distance. The highlights being 5 half ironman finishing in sub 5 hours, and this year adding Ironman Nice to the list.
With my interest and knowledge growing in Triathlon the next obvious step was to become a coach. Being a active member of Shrewsbury Triathlon Club (SYtri) I decided to dip my toe into coaching when i completed my British Triathlon Level 1 qualification and started regularly assisting at club sessions.
The last few months I have been working towards my next coaching qualification and I am pleased to say I have qualified as a IRONMAN Certified Coach, the course was a lot tougher and more in depth than I was expecting.
Having been a coached athlete myself I know how important the Athlete / Coach relationship is and how being coached can help take you to the next level so you can be your very best.