Rapped up in triathlon

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Having finished fifth on the X Factor a few years ago, Honey G is now swapping her signature sunglasses for swimming goggles and entering the world of triathlon.

Taking on the swim, bike, run challenge having picked up all three sports individually, Honey G is looking forward to bringing them together into one as part of her latest challenge.

“I enjoy the thrill from all three and I’m looking forward to putting the three sports together,” the rapper said.

“Over the past year I’ve started running seriously, running 10kms around my local area a few times a week during lockdown, and I completed 33km in a week to help raise money for NHS Charities Together earlier in the year.

“I’ve been doing off-road mountain biking for the last couple of years too but have only just got my hands on a road bike.”

The final part of her triathlon jigsaw has been to take off her baseball cap and replace it with a swim cap and take the plunge into open water swimming.

“I only recently started open water swimming and am doing a lot of swim training at my gym to help build my strength and fitness up too,” she added.

“I was introduced to the lake at Merchant Taylors’ School by a friend from my running club, so went along with them to have a look because I love open water lakes having been an avid windsurfer from a young age.

“Whilst I was there was offered a triathlon swimming lesson from one of the coaches and invited to take part in their aquathlon, which I did.”

The event in question was the ‘Non-Sweet Caroline Aquathlon’ from Active Training World, which was the first British Triathlon permitted multisport event to take place following the lifting of the suspension on activity.

“It was my first taste of multisport and I loved it,” Honey G commented. “I panicked a bit in the water and thought I’d struggle to get round at one point but made it through and was soon thirsty for more open water swimming.

“I’m now swimming in the lake twice-a-week as well as the work I do in the gym and have just completed the second ‘Non-Sweet Caroline Aquathlon’ and signed up to a triathlon later in the year.

British Triathlon have supported event organisers with guidance on organising events with social distancing and other measures in place before, during and after the race itself.

Events that have submitted appropriate safety documentation detailing how their event will be run in a safe, fair and Covid-19 Secure manner are issued with an event permit.

“I fell into the sport by mistake but am glad I have,” concluded the artist. “Maybe I’ll make my way up to iron distances but, for now, I’m focussed on my upcoming events.”

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