Alli Carter is preparing to take on some of the globe’s finest triathletes this weekend - as she competes in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
The Heywood resident will jet off to Zell Am See in Austria for Sunday’s event, which will see around 2,700 entrants all vying for success on both land and lake.
The 70.3 mile distance incorporates a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile cycle ride and a 13.1-mile half marathon.
And this weekend’s race comes with the added and daunting challenge of competing through by the Alps and having to face the 12km mountain which forms part of the route.
“I’m not looking forward to it after training in Norfolk,” joked Carter, 44, who will compete in the women’s 45-49 years category due to her birthdate.
Carter - a member of Tri-Anglia Triathlon Club, who has also been training with Diss Cycling Club - is one of two competitors who qualified for the world championships at an event in Staffordshire earlier this year.
The other is former Diss High School pupil Paula Robinson, who no-longer lives in the area, but who came second behind Carter at that qualifier.
She is no stranger to triathlons after watching her brother compete in events in his 20s, but first took up the sport in 2007.
And on August 15 she completed her first-ever full-distance triathlon - the Ironman Sweden event in Kalmar.
She completed the testing and windswept course in a time of 11 hours, 22 minutes and 26 seconds.
“I suffered with nausea during the run,” She added, explaining the addiction of competing in triathlons.
“As I was finishing I was telling myself ‘never again’. But after you’ve finished you start thinking to yourself ‘I could probably beat that time’.
It takes around 16 hours of training per week for Alli to reach the fitness levels needed to successfully compete in triathlons.
And her hard work paid off earlier this month as she took on the 140.6-mile route; a 2.4-mile swim in the Baltic sea, the 112-mile bike ride and then the 26.2-mile marathon finish through the streets of Kalmar. But what are her chances of success in Austria this weekend?
“I don’t think I can win it,” she said modestly. “I’m really pleased to have qualified and I’m going there to enjoy it.”
“The logo for Ironman is ‘Anything is Possible’ and this year of racing has proven that with some focussed training and committment to a goal, even at 44 and beyond, anything is indeed possible, but the experience would not have been possible at all without support from a solid family unit which my husband Mark and two boys, Max and Jedd, provided without complaint.”
While competing in Sweden Carter also raised around £500 for Myeloma UK. You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/Allison-Carter2