Back Up To Speed
Within a week, John was back on the bike.
“I wasn’t allowed to run for six weeks but I could do physio work and take it easy on the bike. The great thing for me was that there wasn’t time to lose muscle mass, so I didn’t feel as though I was starting from scratch.”
John saw Nick a few weeks after the op, who advised against any high impact activity for six weeks, before gradually building back up to competition levels. Since returning to full fitness, John hasn’t looked back.
“I’ve gone from local competitions to international and I became English national champion,” he explains.
Although John had already qualified for the European Triathlon Championships before his operation, his recovery enabled him to compete in Kitzbühel, where he finished 19th in his age group. A year later, with a full year of competition under his belt, he finished 8th in Estonia.
In 2018, John was on Australia’s Gold Coast for the World Championships and next he’s back at the Europeans (in the Netherlands) and the Worlds (in Switzerland).