Amy has enjoyed much success in her triathlon endeavours to date and is still looking to achieve more. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always been in to sport but not always competitively like I am now. I used to go swimming a lot when I was younger but that was usually just for fun. Now that I am massively into sport and competing against others, I couldn’t imagine life without sport.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
In 2012, myself and my family went to Hyde Park to watch the men’s Olympic triathlon in which the Brownlee brothers both gained medals. This definitely sparked an interest in the world of triathlon but was not the deciding factor. What resulted in the decision to join my local triathlon club was when I watched the World Triathlon Series and saw ‘normal’ athletes competing which made me believe that could be me one day.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race definitely has to be Bedford sprint triathlon series in 2018 for many reasons. Firstly, I love the cycle route because it’s challenging but a very scenic route. The running route is also very good, as it was around the beautiful Bedford Park which is always a delight to run around. However, most importantly, I won the overall series for females by a rather significant time difference of 30 minutes.
And your proudest achievement?
Competing for your nation has to be one of the proudest achievements that anyone could achieve. Whilst I haven’t competed for GB yet, the day I qualified for the GB Age Group world duathlon championships in Romania has to be the best day I’ve ever had. Especially considering that this was my first ever Duathlon. I’m sure the day I compete in Romania will be my proudest achievement!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
This is an easy one, this would have to be when I competed in Nottingham. It was the national club relay championships and I was attempting to do a moving dismount, which I can usually do with no problem. However, as soon as I attempted the dismount I tripped up and the bike landed on top of me. All the spectators and participants were watching me and I have never felt so embarrassed!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I overcome setbacks by reflecting on what went wrong and through mental imagery I picture what the perfect action should look like. I then set out to train to improve on what had gone wrong.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
When I first started, I was more focused on what others were doing rather than myself and it’s harder to win when you’re doing that. Therefore, the advice I wish I received but now tell people when I coach is that you should focus on your own race with yourself and not race others.
What are your goals for 2019?
I have a few goals for this year. I wish to continue to improve my fitness further and improve on my personal bests in all three disciplines. However, achieving a really good time in Romania is definitely my ultimate goal.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Even though the Brownlee brothers started my interest in triathlon, female triathlete Non Stanford is a huge inspiration as obviously she is female but has also been very successful when competing. I also am inspired by up-and-coming triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I like how Sundried is an ethical company and cares for the environment without compromising quality and comfort of your kit. The ethical stance that Sundried takes is one that all companies should strive to be like. My favourite bit of kit has to be Ruinette Capris women's cropped leggings as they are very comfortable for running with good stretch and look very stylish.