Right now I’m competing mostly in Triathlons, but I’ve always been a runner first and foremost. I love getting outside, going on walks and adventures…especially in the summer!
I got into triathlon last year after a summer activity holiday in Greece. After a week of tennis, kayaking and wake boarding I decided to sign up for one of the road bike rides. Having never been on a road bike before, and cycling only a few miles as a commute each day I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, and almost didn’t as I felt so wobbly and unstable on the unfamiliar bike geometry when getting kitted out for the ride. My doubts were soon blown away though, cycling along the coastal road was spectacular and reaching the crest of a long climb, the first re-grouping point, I was surprised to be out the front of the group and absolutely loving it.
The rest of the week I went out almost every day on the different rides on offer and met some great people along the way. I was definitely the under-dog though with no bike shoes or cleats and no special jersey with back pockets for snacks (something I was super jealous of). I ended up finding the straightest banana I could at breakfast, stuffing it into a spare water bottle and surrounding it with as many other goodies as physically possible for the longer rides later in the week!!
Having a background in running, swimming since I was little, and with this new-found love of cycling, triathlon beckoned. Spurred on by various triathletes and ex-GB squad members I met on the rides and other activities during the week I was seized by the notion and couldn’t wait to get home to investigate it further. They not only sowed the seed but sparked a fire inside me.
Back in the UK I was ready to immerse myself in the world of triathlon and shortly after, signed up for my first race. The following weeks were a whirlwind of activity and a steep learning curve, trying to absorb as much information as I could about the sport – the rules and requirements, different types of tri-suits, how to get into and out of a wetsuit (and quickly in transition), open water swimming practice, and just what I would actually need to compete a triathlon race! 6-weeks later I was at the pre-race brief, a little apprehensive of what was about to follow and how it would go, but also very excited to see what I could do. A swim, bike, run, two transitions, a few disasters but a lot of memories later I had finished my first race and was already looking forward to the prospect of more.
Since then I have started training seriously over the winter with the help of my coach.
2019 is my first big race season and it’s got off to a good start already with some promising results in some early season training race duathlons in the first few months. I’m targeting some big competitions towards the start of the tri season and with those, GB AG qualification for the 2020 season. After that, I’ll see where the summer takes me, but I foresee many more competitions, travels and exciting adventures along the way.
Looking ahead to the future, I want to be the best I can be in the sport, see what I am capable of and with the aim to compete at the highest levels. I’m highly motivated, determined, and dedicated to do what it takes to make it and achieve my dream of making something of myself in sport.
I have some fantastic support around me, including the great Team#9 and I’m excited to see where 2019 takes me and what this year and beyond brings!
1.29 – Half marathon
40 min – 10K
2019 Race results:
Anglian Water Standard Duathlon (Feb 2019), 4th AG
RAF Cosford Sprint Duathlon (March 2019), 2nd
Windsor Duathlon (March 2019), 7th
FAVOURITE QUOTE AND/OR WORDS OF WISDOM:
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be”
“A dream without a plan is just a wish”
“No-one said it would be easy, but they said it will be worth it”
FAVOURITE MOTIVATIONAL SONG:
Moana – How Far I’ll go; Pink – A million dreams – Fun fact: I sing to myself when I run, often the same part of a song over and over to keep me going!