Nine months ago Retford firefighter Matt Lloyd had no bike, did not do much exercise and had never completed a triathlon.
Now he is training up to 25 hours a week for the UK’s toughest Ironman distance triathlon - a gruelling feat which less then 200 people have actually conquered.
The City to Summit Triathlon starts in Edinburgh and crosses the full width of Scotland, before ascending the summit of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis.
Competitors embark on a 2.5 mile river swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 27 mile mountain run.
And 27-year-old Matt is aiming to complete the challenge in 18 hours, raising money for the Firefighters Charity along the way “This is going to be the biggest challenge of my life,” said Matt, who is training hard for the event.
“My target is 18 hours and I quite possibly will be the slowest competitor in the event.”
The event starts on 31st May and has a finishing deadline of 2am the next day.
The full time firefighter says he has always been sporty but has never tried triathlon.
But after seeing an advert for City to Summit, he was inspired to give it a go.
Said Matt: “I had no bike, not much swimming experience and was not very active.”
“I bought a bike and began training, entering some short triathlons to see if I actually enjoyed it. Obviously I loved it.”
Now with three one-hour sprint triathlons under his belt and a longer four-hour triathlon, Matt also has the backing of Bassetlaw Triathlon Club who are providing expert support and advice.
Sponsor Matt by going to www.justgiving.com/matt-lloyd2
• Scotland’s City to Summit Triathlon starts in Edinburgh at 6am on Saturday 31st May.
A 2.5 mile swim takes competitors down the Firth of Forth Estuary.
The swim is followed by 112 miles on the road bike over the mountains from Edinburgh to Glencoe on the west coast of Scotland.
Before the finish, triathletes must run 27 miles from Glencoe to Ben Nevis - over the summit of the tallest mountain in the UK.