What made you get into triathlons?
Turning 40! I’d got into cycling through my husband, but was getting bored of just cycling. I decided to bite the bullet and sign up for the Olympic distance London Triathlon in August 2014.
What has been your proudest/best triathlon moment?
Crossing the finish line of my first Olympic distance Triathlon at London in front of my husband and my parents, who had surprised me by driving down to watch and support me.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
Conquering open water swimming in cold lakes when you can’t see a thing! And dealing with a dodgy tummy after a swim in the Thames at Windsor…
Who is your inspiration, and why?
Two books inspired me to stop reading about triathlons and start doing them. Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography, which is just amazing, and Meredith Atwood (Triathlon for the Every Woman) that showed me you can fit training around work and family if you really want to.
What are your future goals?
I’d love to compete for GB as an AG triathlete, but that will take a good few years to get my running up to speed. The long-term crazy goal is IM Japan before I’m 50.
What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up triathlons?
Get a coach. The generic programs in magazines and online are great, but I found they didn’t fit in around my busy life, and weren’t aimed at my level of fitness. I swapped my gym membership for a great coach, who can fit my training around my work and social life, and have seen brilliant results.
What is your favourite piece of triathlon kit?
It’s really simple, but I love my elastic trainer laces, so I can just pull my shoes on without faffing with knots and bows
What’s your favourite thing about triathlons?
The friendship and support that I’ve found through Twitter! Triathletes are such a friendly, motivating group of people, and I feel like I’m part of one big team
As it’s Women in Sport Week: What do you think is the biggest challenge for women triathletes, & how do you overcome them?
Biggest challenge for women triathletes…
– fear of not being good enough
– fear of not being fit enough to start
– fear of not looking like a fitness model
– fear that everyone will be looking at you when your red faced and puffing and sweaty
– fear of joining the local running / cycling / tri club and being the only girl / not being fast enough to keep up
How do you overcome them?
The ‘ThisGirlCan’ advert sums it up. We can do anything we want, regardless of our weight / size / shape. If you can be brave enough to take the first step, an amazing world of support, friendship and lifelong fitness is waiting for you.