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Logan bitten by triathlon bug

BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan took part in her first triathlon, the Timex Women Only event at Dorney Lake near Windsor, on 4 July and afterwards she spoke to Radio One Newsbeat reporter Tamasin Ford.

Gabby Logan

Q: Have you ever done anything like this before?

A: No, the Great North Run seven years ago was the closest mass participation event I've been involved with. A breast cancer charity asked me if I would be involved in some way, so I looked through all of the different categories.

In hindsight I think I should have done the novice event rather than the relay. I decided to tackle the 800m swim which was just a bit silly because it's quite a long way.

Q: How did it go?

A: It was absolutely shattering. I was really, really tired. It started to hurt me in the middle of the race. I felt like I was treading water but you know, you keep going and think of all the reasons you're doing it.

I could hear my husband and kids screaming as well so I kept on. As soon as I came out of the water of course I wished I was doing the full triathlon and getting on the bike!

Q: How did you train for the event?

A: I went to some open water sessions, although I should have gone to more. I just kept going to the pool and training as hard as I could. I tried to do two things on one day, so I would cycle and swim, just in case I had to take over one of them on the day.

But I just think the whole day's been great. For mums who are doing it, they can bring their kids. It's lovely for families to come along and support each other.

Q: What do you think about women only events?

A: Sometimes women get quite intimidated when there are big burly men who have done fitness all their lives beside them on the start line.

So the nice thing about this is there's a lot of camaraderie. Just before we took off on the swim I aid "come on everybody" and everybody was laughing. Whereas I don't think you'd feel as confident about being that way if you were with a load of men.

Q: Was it how you had expected it to be?

A: The nice thing is there are all shapes and sizes and ages here. I thought everybody would look like athletes. I say that in the nicest possible way as I've hung around Olympic villages and it's the freakiest thing in the world seeing people with no body fat. And actually these are normal people who have lumps and bumps like the rest of us.

Q: Have you managed to pick up any tips from the professional sports people you've interviewed along the way?

A: Well I live with an ex-professional athlete and I train with a guy who used to be a professional rugby player so I know what I should be doing. But knowing what you should be doing and doing it are two different things when you've got two children and a busy social like.

Of course, if I'd been taking this really seriously I wouldn't have had any alcohol for the last three months and I would have slept really well. As it is that's not a reality, you have to work within your confines. I've eaten well and trained hard but I've also lived my normal life. Like a lot of women here, you can't just sacrifice everything.

Q: So would you do another one, maybe a solo event?

A: Well I'm kind of pencilled in to do London on the 1 August. So I'll see how I get on in the next couple of weeks with training.

If I don't do that I'll definitely be back next year and do the novice event. Although having said that, I think I might be at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010, so that might get me out of it! But I'm definitely up for doing another one.

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