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I decided to take part in the Derby Triathlon in September 2012, it is a huge undertaking for me, I am reasonably fit, but only swim for fun, cycle now and then and have only run once in my adult life. So I needed a cause to dedicate my effort to - but which one?
And then it hit me- our friend Josie was a triathlete before it was even remotely trendy, then she became ill and died tragically young from ovarian cancer - how about if I raise money for "ovarian cancer action" by completing a triathlon myself.
I should mention here that Josie was the fittest person I knew in our post-grad student days; she swam a mile in her lunch break, kept her bike in the flat with pride of place and her best hangover cure was to go for a run while the rest of us just lay in a heap feeling sorry for ourselves.
Check out my blog at http://derby-tri-or-die.blogspot.com/ to see how I'm getting on. Here's to you Josie!