Just before the age of 50 I was diagnosed with hypertension and subsequently put on regular medication to control the condition. I was never comfortable with this situation, especially when I was told I would probably have to take medication for the rest of my life. I therefore decided to do something about it and eventually persuaded my GP to let me try and control the condition through lifestyle change alone.
I enjoyed cycling in my younger years so I bought a bike and started to cycle for fitness and fun. Soon afterwards, I was asked if I would like to enter a team triathlon event. This was my introduction to triathlon; a sport I always thought I would like to participate in, but never actually believed I could or would. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and continued to participate in team triathlon events until I eventually decided it was time for me to go solo. At this point my swimming and running ability were poor at best. However, through sheer guts and determination I managed to improve both disciplines and now regularly swim in excess of a mile and run 10K plus. Needless to say I now enter several solo triathlon events every year.
Now aged 55 I am pleased to report that I have successfully managed to control my hypertension problem through lifestyle change alone. Furthermore, I have accomplished a lifetime ambition and found a recreational sport and exercise regime that I thoroughly enjoy.