Rachel is a prolific triathlete who has achieved incredible accomplishments, racking up thousands of miles over the last few years. She shares some insights into her training and tips to stay motivated.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
I ran numerous half marathons in my 20s and have taken part in many marathon-distance charity walking events in my 30s. I decided I wanted a new challenge and went on to cycle Lands End to John ‘o' Groats for my 40th. I cycled London to Paris the year after, and have completed numerous cycle events on the back of that. My biggest challenge was The Wall: a 69-mile run to be completed within 24 hours! My first marathon was Chester marathon.
I’ve completed a long course weekend (2.5m swim, 112m cycle, 26.2m run over 3 days) for 3 years in a row. I’ve completed triathlons of various distances: sprint, standard, middle, and 70.3. I will be doing Ironman Mallorca 70.3 in May 2017.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
Diet and exercise have always been an important part of my life. After having children, I used exercise to get back into shape.Over the last 20 years I have also enjoyed teaching various forms of exercise and, more recently, Pilates.Sharing my passion and inspiring others brings me huge satisfaction.
What are your training goals now?
To increase my speed, push harder through interval training, and diarise weight training sessions. I want to maintain my body fat percentage now I have got into the teens! I’d also like to increase my flexibility.
My biggest goal is to complete 3300 miles, running swimming cycling.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
In the last 5 years I have covered over 11,500 miles which would have taken me to New Zealand!
What would future you, tell yourself when you were starting out?
Don’t substitute food for sugar-based snacks!
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I try to eat a healthy, balanced diet. I’m a big believer in keeping a food journal; planning ahead helps curb any food cravings.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
I write personalised workout plans for my clients, including a varied challenging movement to create body awareness. A little time spent daily is better than none, never put off training for another day!
Talk us through your training regime.
I keep a training journal, which always includes at least one rest day.
An average week for me consists of:
3 weight sessions
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I attend courses to complete further training, constantly keeping up-to-date with new research which allows me to learn more about the biomechanics of the body.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
1. Use your full range of motion
2. You can’t outrun a bad diet
3. Your body needs sleep for recovery
If you could only do one workout for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pilates Superman - this movement has many variations that will work every muscle group.
What are your training goals?
To accomplish a headstand
Why work with Sundried?
As they offer premium ethical activewear created responsibly with a low carbon footprint, trialed and tested by leading athletes around the world.
Favorite fitness quote:
“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase”