Rebecca Romero, gold medallist in the individual pursuit at Beijing 2008 and silver medallist in the quadruple sculls at Athens 2004, has turned her sights on triathlon, and will race this year’s Ironman UK.
Romero left the GB cycling team after her event, the individual pursuit, was dropped from the games which meant she wouldn’t have have had the opportunity to defend her title this year in London.
On her official website, Romero said "It’s the most iconic endurance event there is and I don’t just want to do a triathlon, I want to be part of a great epic event. Also, aside from the Professionals and the Age Group Qualifiers, the Ironman is not so much a race, but a personal challenge – and that’s exactly how I see it – a personal challenge.
"I don’t like giving in to my initial sensible response that says I couldn’t do it. In the back of my head a little voice says ‘but is it impossible, could I actually do it?’ and I’ve always followed through with my thinking that if you don’t give it a go you will never know."
She will be blogging regularly on her training and experience getting ready for the race on her official website – www.rebeccaromero.co.uk.
Ironman UK takes place on July 22nd, 2012 in Bolton, Lancashire.