This article was first published on dailymail.co.uk 13th February 2018 by Emma Rowley
My light bulb moment: Triathlon company founder says she wanted to help train mature athletes after hearing people say they were ‘too old for this’
- Jo Lewis, 62, is co-founder of Tri50, which trains mature athletes for triathlons
- She said she’s always used exercise to give her the energy she wants in life
- Her light bulb moment came when she was away at a training camp in 2010
Jo Lewis, 62, is the co-founder of Tri50, which trains mature athletes for triathlons.
She lives in Buckinghamshire with her partner, Ted, who is retired from the RAF, and has two adult sons.
I’d always said to myself, I hope I stay fit. When I was growing up, my mum was always so unwell.
She had various health problems and became an alcoholic, while my father, a doctor, tried to keep the family together. When she died at 60 of a cerebral haemorrhage, she was about to start kidney dialysis and had very high blood pressure.
I vowed that I would never follow her into hospital — and I never have, apart from when I had my two boys. When they were young, I played squash and tennis, as well as swimming and running, and worked as a swimming coach. I’ve always used exercise to give me the energy I want in life.
Aged 47, I had my fastest times as a runner, but my father told me: ‘It’s not so good for those joints.’
I got a bike, and started dabbling in triathlons. I loved it. With triathlon’s three sports (swimming, cycling and running), you can’t be bored.