Competitor Spotlight – Week 7.
Our next competitor to go under the spotlight is our first lady to do so. Margaret “Mags” Erwin. She is an all action, straight talking, self professed chatterbox with a zest for life!
You should never ask a lady her age…but if you don’t ask…?
Can’t hear you? What are u saying?
Where are you from?
You are not only the first lady to go under the spotlight, you had a very interesting occupational first for a female. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
I feel honored that I’m the first female…thank you….the first job that I loved had every conceivable challenge that could be thrown at a female…i was an oil tanker driver for 9 years..first few years i drove 6 and eight wheelers..then I moved up to Belfast to work because I wanted to drive the articulated bulk oil tankers…it was the most physically challenging job…I loved it…it had the perfect mix of driving, hard work and social interaction to keep me going…There was not one single day..no matter how hard/demanding it got that i ever wanted to give up…
What got you into Adventure/Multi-sport racing?
It was a choice between a triathlon and quest Glendalough..my friends and i were looking for new events..when we googled Glendalough we saw the race, photos of the area and of course the cycling tops and the bling so we entered…little did i know i would fall in love with adventure racing and trails from that day
How many races have you done?
I’ve done only 6 so far…the distance and time from home are the main reason its only 6.
When was your first race?
Which race was it?
Sea2Summit for the amount of transitions..the challenging Croagh Patrick and the camaraderie throughout the whole event.
That would be any of the races i havent yet entered.
What inspires you?
My 11 yr old brother Paul who died in a cycling accident inspires me…We had been swimming in the lake and had been cycling that day when he was knocked down..he lived 5 days ( mainly to find suitable donors ) before he died.. As i was only 9 at the time, i always feel closest to my brother when i am out enjoying sports.. I jump over every finish line..its my tribute to Paul for keeping me safe during every event.
What’s the plans for the upcoming calendar year?
I want to enter into races i have not tried..adventure and triathlons.. My aim is to complete an Olympic and a Half Iron man before the end of the year..and ive entered into Connemara 140km cycle at the end of May with my local Clones Cycling Club.
What music are you currently listening to when out?
I never listen to music..I’m too busy chatting…and if I’m on my own i enjoy the scenery.
Bike of choice?
Trek Domane..i would love to upgrade my wheels for my longest cycle though.
Week before race…what do you do?
Early in the week i do a fairly long bike ride..two short runs and go swimming to keep muscles strong and cardio up.
Morning of race…what do you do?
I eat porridge as normal, fruit, coffee and toast…
Any race superstitions?
None. Im either too lazy or too laid back to be superstitious.
Any embarrassing moments you wish to share?
Oh with me i have a phrase to cover that….There’s always a story…and that i will tell face to face …
Post-race…do you spoil yourself, if so, how?
No i haven’t spoiled myself after…As a mum of 3 the fact that i was able to get away the night before a race and compete the following day Is all the spoiling i could ask for.
Any funny anecdotes?
My very first try a tri, I had entered into with my 2 friends…it was a swim start few hundred meters in the lake from the shore…as we were swimming over one of the girls called out, Oh i found a really warm spot. I immediately looked to see who had just swam in front of her..one red faced male spotted.. Then 2nd friend called out..Move over I’m coming over to join you… At this point i called out…No…girls…no…warm water is NOT your friend in a LAKE.!!! At this point all the participants in the lake started laughing when the girls realized where this amazing warm spot had come from.
Strangest thing you have seen on a race?
That would just be me.!!
Hydration/Gels? Do you use them? Do you use any particular brands?
Zero tablet in my water bottle and homemade energy bars…I detest gels….but have had to use them during marathons so i find squeezing the gel into the water bottle an easier way to take them. Needs must.
Do you use a GPS watch?
Garmin watch that covers swimming, running and cycling etc..
My cousin Tony McEntee..He loves all sports. Encourages those that participate on any level in any sport…He’s the most encouraging, fit , humble person I know….and I admire him for all those qualities…and who is about the only person I know that completely understands that doing just one sport is normal.
Advice for absolute beginners?
I would advise them to enter into the short race the first time..Don’t worry about times.. Take your friends along too to enjoy the day.. Take photographs, laugh and enjoy the whole experience….The only person who will limit you….is you !
Do you have any social media links we can follow your progress on?
No links as such. Just my facebook page and Instagram.
If you know of anyone who would like to go under the spotlight, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.