Lucy Hurn, triathlon and run coach, as well as endurance athlete, will be taking your training questions on the UKRunChat hour on Sunday on our Twitter feed (8pm-9pm).
Lucy coaches a range of individual athletes (visit her website to find out more) from those undertaking their first triathlon or wanting to set a 5k PB, to Ironman and age group World Championships, through to those without set goal races, but wanting to get the most out of their training or reduce their risk of injury. She also coaches with several Surrey-based triathlon clubs and has held a Head Coach position with one of London’s top triathlon clubs, as well as working as a personal trainer, specialising in triathlon, for Virgin Active, from 2014 – 2018.
Lucy has been working with Auro since their launch, and has designed their 5k and Half Marathon training plans, with audio coaching through every run (that’s a lot of audio!), as well as a variety of other training sessions including guided walks through to strength and conditioning.
She says: “My approach to coaching is about working with the individual to ensure the training works for them, there is no point in the perfect plan if it doesn’t fit into their life, and my goal is to ensure they get to the start line happy and healthy, as well having done the most appropriate training for where they’re at. I also strongly believe that performance on race day goes far beyond just the physical training, and that nutrition, sports psychology and recovery are also key components of training for everyone, not just the elite. And I am passionate about working with women as women, working with their bodies and menstrual cycle, rather than just treating them as ‘small men’.”
Lucy has always been active, but came to racing relatively late in life. She did her first 10k and half marathon in 2009, and then in 2012, set herself myself an A-Z fundraising challenge which included her first triathlon, as well as a variety of less sensible challenges. She says: “I haven’t looked back since, and remain a massive advocate of physical exercise and time outdoors for mental health.”
Lucy moved into triathlon, racing at the European and World Championships as part of the GB age group team, and Ironman, where she finished 5th in her age group, but she continues to chase the elusive Kona slot.
She says: “I am currently focusing more on endurance bike racing (last year completing the inaugural Transpyrenees Race, one of my proudest achievements, and hoping to end this year with the very niche achievements of a BAR (25, 50 and 100 mile time trials) – and a Super Randonneur, a 200, 300, 400 and 600km ride within a year, but which because of Covid I’m hoping to complete within a month. I had hoped to end this year with a running ultra, but I think after my upcoming 600km ride, I might hang the lycra up for the year in terms of any big goals.”
Join us on Twitter at 8pm Sunday for your chance to chat to Lucy, and please send us any questions you would like to ask via social media. We will also be interviewing Lucy for our podcast next week.