Lucy Scott sponsored Triathlete, Level 1 UKCC Triathlon Coach
Lucy Scott went from cleaning horses to pay for her riding lessons in Czechoslovakia to moving to the UK and competing as a sponsored triathlete. We were lucky enough to get the chance to speak with her about her journey so far...
I was a horse rider for 15 years and I had to cycle to the farm on a big old heavy alloy bike every day. Combined with riding the horses and mucking out their beds, I built up quite a lot of physical strength. I always dreamed of being a professional athlete, but when my parents divorced my mum was tight on money and training is expensive. I worked on the farm to pay for my horse riding lessons and I loved it!
Six years ago I said to myself “I’m going to be an athlete”, so I left Czechoslovakia and started from zero again, coming to England and teaching myself the language.
I was lucky and met lots of nice people who helped me out along the way. Mark Allen, director of Zenith Tax Solutions agreed to sponsor me to do triathlons and provided me with the gear to race, including the TT bike. He also enabled me to race for the charity Education for the Children.
We came to meet in my work place in Shrewley, I was giving a presentation for my Welsh 3 peaks challenge - where I climbed the 3 highest mountains in Wales, and asked him for help with the speech. We raised a total of £1521 for the Birmingham Childrens hospital in 2015. Mark then asked me if I would like to fundraise for Education for the Children and so the challenge was set.
Being someone who is very passionate about outdoor fitness and the mountains, I decided that it was time for a challenge and suggested I do as many triathlons in 2015 as I can for charity. At this point I had never completed a triathlon and couldn’t swim front crawl - not even two lengths!
So 2015 saw me complete 12 triathlons including the Ben Nevis Triathlon, which is said to be the UK’s toughest with a 1.9km loch sea swim, 90km steep cycle and a run up - and down - Ben Nevis. It was a tough challenge.
During the winter of 2015 I got a bad leg injury and had to stop running for 5 months, but I didn’t stop training, instead I spent the winter cycling the highlands.
I have now completed the UKCC Triathlon Coach Level 1 course, which has further developed my knowledge on how to train for success, focusing on improving mobility, power production, strength, injury prevention and enhanced recovery.
How do you find time to balance work and training?
My story is not unlike that of many other age groupers in triathlon. I have to put in the time at my day job to pay for my lifestyle. Add to this the hours of training that I squeeze into every week to fuel my goals and passion for triathlons and there is not much time left. I’ve learned to balance all of the important things in my life and I am making strides in my job and personal relationships. I have chosen to stay single and work part time in order to get to the higher levels and to be a successful age grouper in triathlons. So I have no social life and don’t really see my friends or family. I just stay focused on my training, rest and recovery. And of course studying. It's not hard because I like to have my own space and I don't like going out or being in a relationship. I would like to move forward and be able to to coach online and earn money online to be able to support charity and those in need.
What is the hardest battle you’ve had to overcome through triathlons?
Ha thats a question. The right balance of stress and recovery. We need stress to bring about adaptation. Stress can be your best friend when it comes to pursuing athletic goals, but it can also easily become the worst enemy.
What has been your favourite race to date?
I have enjoyed all my races. I clearly remember every race, the way I was thinking and pain I was going through, but I really enjoyed the Liverpool Olympic Distance Triathlon on 26th of July 2015. It was the distance I prefer and there were GB Elite athletes leading us. They inspired me and I have since chosen to try to qualify in the Age Group GB Team 2017 Championship in Austria.
What are your training goals?
My goals are to make improvements in my performance and be proud of the results. I want to train with Leeds Triathlon Centre and become a top triathlete, raising money for charity, people and children in need.
Talk us through a typical training regime?
I work part time in a Garden centre and as I don’t drive this requires me to cycle there. It’s a steep hill and 3 mile road which I’m doing daily, so it’s a good warm up ride. I also have to cycle to do my food shopping but that’s not training!
My basic training regime at the moment is as follows:
Monday: Strength training am. Swim session pm.
Tuesday: Swimming, stretching and yoga am. Long running with Launceston Runners club and 6-9 mile bike ride pm.
Wednesday: Active rest morning swim. Bike ride 6-9 miles pm.
Thursday: Time Trial ride at 60-70% of my maximum heart rate. Ride to work.
Friday: Swimming am. Ride to work. Running Intervals and pm swim.
Saturday: Strength training am. Ride to work.
Sunday: Time trial long ride.
I plan all my workouts in advance but change my schedule depending on how I feel and if there is an event or race I’m taking part in.
What do you do for recovery?
More often than not, my recovery will consist of light activity. Lighter intensity training, for a shorter session. The goal of this session is not to build fitness, power, speed, or endurance, rather, it is to move blood around the body to enable the recovery processes to occur and to maximise rejuvenation. But sometimes it is necessary to take a day away from the sport, even if only for a mental or an emotional break, I take those days too.
Quite simply, sleep is the most important piece of recovery. Along with fueling, sleep is the biggest factor in performance recovery that I need. Sleep is when the majority of recovery occurs. I try to get eight or more hours of sleep per night, sometimes if it's not possible then I’ll aim for at least seven hours per night on a regular basis.
What made you decide to race for Education for the Children?
I like to help others but am not bless enough financially to do so on my own. I make just enough to train and study as much as possible. I dream of being part of the GB age grouper team and being able to get more support for children of war, the children are our future!
I had a good childhood and wish to help children in need, to give them an opportunity to become whatever they want to be. I work and train hard for them, one day I would like to go and visit the children I’ve helped in their village.
Who is your training inspiration?
Firstly the Brownlee brothers, but also an athlete named Hannah Drewett U23 Elite GB team European, who I met a few weeks ago. I had the chance to watch Hannah win the Equalizer Middle Distance 2016 and she has a great character, sense of good will and was even happy to take pictures with me after racing for 5 hours!
Another inspiration of mine is Jack Campbell who I met in the Moorings hotel before he went into the wild. The ex- soldier managed to climb 282 Scottish mountains all over 3000ft in just four month raising £25000 for the Household Cavalry and Parkinson’s UK before deciding to set up life in the wild with 23 others for channel fours Eden, away from the modern world in an isolated community. I like to raise money for his regiment as I had always hoped I would join the military. One day I would love to train with the Leeds squad or Hannah Drewett and I’d love to meet the Brownlee brothers.
Why work with Sundried?
I’ve chosen to work with Sundried because they are excited about adventure, fitness, the outdoors and inspiring others. Sundried help others to reach their goals and keep them motivated. I’m delighted to be part of the team, representing the brand on my journey and sharing the ethos with other athletes.
What does the future hold for Lucy Scott?
So I have my little life goal list which I’m working my way through and I get a little rush every time I check one of the goals off.
- Become a GB Age Group Triathlete.
- Win the Olympic Triathlon Distance and ETU Championships.
- See my family more often and give them money to enjoy themselves.
- Coach online, in triathlons, fitness and nutrition, sharing my outdoor passion and motivating others.
- Live in Scotland with my little log cabin in the woodland.
- Meet Jack Campbell and the Brownlee Brothers.
- Train with Leeds squad.
- Fundraise for the children, injured athletes, soldiers and their families.
- Hug my nanny with housekeeping and take her for walks.
- Take my mum, and auntie and cousin to the big waterfall.
- Take my sister and her children for a holiday.
- Visit children in Guatemala.
- Climb 282 munros to raise money for charity.
- Learn to play piano.
- Have a husky or wolf dog.
- Support my native village.
- Level 2, 3 UKCC Triathlon Coach.
- Run 10km under 40 minutes.
- Help others and save lives.
- Live alone.
- Travel, hiking, wild camping.
- Go to Alaska.
- Train with marines.
- Have Scottish name and accent.
- Swim sprint race.
- Be free
Sundried are proud to have Lucy on board with us, what an inspirational athlete! Her story is phenomenal and we will do everything within our power to support her journey to success, she certainly puts in the effort!