Read the profile of one of our 2016 Triatheltes, Emily Macauly, who is taking on an extra-special challenge for The Appeal...
Name: Emily Macaulay
Distance entered: Olympic
Number of Triathlons completed: 2 (Ironman 70.3 UK 2012 and Ironman 70.3 Galway 2012)
Best/Favourite discipline: Running
Emily sets herself a fundraising challenge every year and is The Appeal's biggest individual fundraiser. Her 2016 'Tri, Tri Again' challenge will see her take on a 'deconstructed Ironman' throughout the year in addition to the Leeds Triathlon.
Emily, 34, began to fundraise for the Appeal after being inspired by Jane and her remarkable endurance challenges; Jane's journey particularly resonated with Emily after she was diagnosed with cancer herself.
Emily said: "I read Jane and Mike Tomlinson's book 'The luxury of time' in 2007… and I knew instantly I wanted to raise money for The Appeal. Knowing that my efforts and my sponsors are supporting the Appeal's great work - really making a difference and keeping Jane's legacy alive - feels very special."
Since taking part in the London Marathon in 2008, Emily has completed many challenges including running from Exeter to Leeds.
She said: "I've been fascinated by triathlon and ironman since discovering Chrissie Wellington's exploits and then the shorter, faster stuff of the Brownlees … Triathlons are a fantastic challenge, combining three very different sports makes for a great event both physically and mentally."
Of the obstacles she'll face, Emily says,"One thing I always struggle with in training and racing is that on the bike I may have a mechanical failure. Generally though, my cancer means that training schedules can be interrupted, perhaps more frequently than average. I also have some fear that race day may be a 'bad day'. I'll still be there, I'll still compete,... but gosh it'll be uncomfortable!"
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