Rio-bound Aileen Reid is encouraging anyone who hasn’t tried a triathlon before to get involved!
Aileen was speaking exclusively to the Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon website before she jetted out to the Olympic Games in Brazil.
For an elite athlete she was a relative late-comer to the sport, competing for the first time at 24, so she knows that it’s never too late to take up the swim, bike run.
“Get involved, do it with friends, get your family involved, go for runs with your brother, your sister, your mother, your somebody!” she laughed.
Laughing is something that Reid does a lot of and she says that triathlon is all about fun.
Some people think that because it’s an individual sport that it can be lonely, but Aileen knows that it’s all about getting together in groups, training hard, racing hard and the enjoyment that brings.
“Do what’s fun, definitely,” she smiled. “It’s all about the fun factor. When I started it was all about meeting people with a similar interest, we would travel to races together and we’d stop for ice cream on the way home.
“When I was driving home from the City of Derry Triathlon (her hometown race) a few months ago I stopped and had ice cream in memory of the late Colm Quigley, who died in 2011 and who got me started. We used to stop for ice cream together.
“It’s all about the people you meet, the friends that you make and the fun that you have.”
Because of her commitments racing around the world on the international circuit – and at the Olympic Games – Aileen doesn’t get the chance to compete in Ireland very often.
She hasn’t yet tested herself against the quick DCT course, but it’s one of the events she’d love to tick off her list.
“I haven’t done it yet,” she explained. “I haven’t gotten around to a lot of these races and I’m raging because I’d love to do them – I just don’t get a chance to race at home.”