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Christen McMaster

📁 OTC Triathletes 🕔14.March 2017









What inspired you to try a triathlon?

I kind of fell into triathlon via a friend. I was doing some spin classes at the gym and running some 10kms (badly) and she talked me into coming down to Tuna Triathlon in Portadown.

She also advised me I’d maybe meet a guy! Haha! I guess she was right seeing I’m now married to a fellow OTC triathlete!

 Where and when was your first triathlon? What was the distance?

I’ve a vague memory of a TryATri in Dungannon leisure centre! Never again! Hated the pool swim!

I took the plunge in the murky waters of the Lagan river in July 2012 at the Belfast Titanic Sprint Triathlon. My memories include a very ‘mucky’ face on leaving the water and a smashed big toe off the curb!

 Do you have a favourite race?

I haven’t raced a lot of triathlons if I’m honest and when I do it usually isn’t a sprint distance!

Hard to beat the North coast so I will go with Portrush Olympic Triathlon.

Although when the weather isn’t kind it’s windy and grim but when the sun shines no place like it! And sure there’s always the Harbour Bar after to help rinse the salty water out of the system!

One piece of advice you would give a triathlon newbie

Emmmm……always train with people that are slightly stronger! #gains!

Hills! Don’t avoid them…..learn to love them!

Ooh try to find a partner who is also into the sport – then you can borrow all their gear and get their seconds! Thanks Nev!

That’s 3! Whoops!

Where’s your favourite place to ride your bike?

Where there’s as little traffic as possible and good scenery! The Mourne Mountains or go coastal.

Or France.

Ironman – Yes/No/Again?

Yes. Completed Ironman Frankfurt July 2015.

And yes I would do it again like a crazy!

 What do you do in the real world, outside triathlon?

I’m a Specialist Physiotherapist working in the world of Women’s and Men’s Health!

I also try to play the guitar and love animals.

What’s next for you in 2017?

Unfortunately I had to take a step back from the hectic world of triathlon in 2016 due to family issues and focused more on cycling and road racing.

But there’s nothing better than a break to recharge the mind & body especially after the long slog to Ironman!

Hopefully 2017 will be kinder and I will ease back into the tri world with some road racing on bike aswell.

Hopefully continue to ‘chic’ the lads!  and always stay upright & safe!

*Remember – it’s not about having the best bike, or helmet or coach. The battle is with yourself…’s the battle with the voice in your head telling you that your body can’t do it or you won’t do it!

Prove it wrong! Take the plunge! You just might surprise yourself and enjoy it! Keep pushing!

Hopefully see you on the race course!



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