I couldn’t swim starting out, and needed to borrow a bike for my first race, but the reward and sense of personal achievement on crossing the line for my first race was special. Photograph: iStock

Training for triathlon gives me such a buzz. I discovered this sport of swimming, cycling and running in 2008 and haven’t looked back. I work full tim(...)

Jacqui Dunphy with  Beibhinn and Caoimhe. “When you have kids you have to make a choice: you miss your sessions or you get the first round done before they wake and you do the other one after they go to bed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Getting to the start line for an Ironman distance race – a 2.4-mile (3.86km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25km) bicycle ride, and a 26.22-mile (42.20km) mara(...)