Friday, 20 February 2015

Three degrees of celebration

“Whose silly idea was this?” came a text message from my friend, Laura, on a very cold Saturday morning a few weeks ago. In the interests of honesty, I admit the word ‘silly’ has been used to replace a word I don’t say on this blog. You probably get the picture.

A couple of hours later, we were both sat giggling and shivering in a hot tub, ‘clinking’ our paper cups of hot blackcurrant squash, mostly in celebration and partly in disbelief. The silly idea had been to swim across Tooting Bec Lido, an unheated outdoor pool in London, as part of the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. Swimming in 3oC water does sound a bit silly but it’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of the other ideas one or other of us has come up with in the time we have been friends.

In October last year, Laura and I travelled with some other great friends to run Snowdonia Marathon. We then hopped on a ferry and ran Dublin Marathon with just a day in between. That seemed quite silly but we did it, singing and laughing as we went. We celebrated in much the same way, with some dodgy headwear, a drink in our hands, and lots of giggling at the end.

I don’t really know what my expectations were when I started this blog a few years ago; I think it seemed a good way of making myself accountable for my attempt to run another marathon after becoming really unfit. And it did just that. What I really didn’t expect was that I would make some incredible friends along the way: people who ‘get me’ just as well as those friends I’ve made in other areas of my life; people who say “go for it” when I mention some silly challenge; and, even better, people who ask me to join them when they have their own ideas and opportunities.

Tricurious by Laura Fountain and Katie King
Published by Summersdale
About a year and a half ago, Laura pitched an idea to me that seemed quite silly at the time. Her idea was that I would join her to co-author a book about triathlon. A book that would tell Laura’s story our how she went from a non-swimmer to completing an iron-distance triathlon, and that would provide practical advice to people starting out in the sport. I suppose it seemed silly not because Laura would write it (she’s got form with this kind of thing) but because she asked me to join her. But I’m so pleased she did.

Like training for a marathon or ironman, the book took time, patience and a lot of hard work. We both like a challenge though and, just like training for a marathon or ironman, it was also made a lot of fun by having a good friend to share it all with along the way. We hope you’ll enjoy reading  Tricurious as much
as we enjoyed writing it.

Tricurious is officially out in March but we learned today that Amazon have started to send out the pre-ordered copies. This weekend, I’m joining Laura and her friends to run between some of her favourite pubs across London for her birthday. It’s another idea that I suspect will be accompanied by the clinking of glasses and a lot of laughter.

1 comment:

  1. Cracking good book. Funny, full of advice and rather inspirational. Awesome stuff :)


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