Brit loves the grit and determination it takes to succeed in triathlon and has her sights set on a world title. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I have always been into sport. I used to play football when I was younger and got selected for Leeds United Women's Academy but had lots of knee injuries so ended up competing in modern pentathlon nationally for a few years then got into triathlon when I was 16. I suffered with a hip injury which stopped me running and I headed into semi-professional cycling for 5 years before being able to return to triathlon in 2015.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I came from modern pentathlon and I loved the swim, run and horse riding parts but didn't like the fencing - it's far too technical, like playing a game of chess with a sword! I much prefer just brute guts and effort in sport.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race would probably have to be the Cozumel World Age Group Championships as the water was like swimming in a fish tank; so beautiful and so pretty and the experience of racing in Mexico was epic!
And your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement would be finishing my first half Ironman in Thailand last year. I bonked so badly and was in a lot of pain with an old injury. I didn't think I would finish the race but I made myself finish and now I have gained so much mental strength for being in such a bad place during that run and still being able to finish and I even came 2nd in my age group!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
My toughest race was probably Thailand half Ironman last year as it was 35 degrees Celsius and 75 percent humidity; I got my nutrition wrong and really suffered on the run, I vomited all the way round! Either that or Cozumel where I spent 20 minutes in the medic tent at the end of the race with heatstroke and couldn't see the finish line because my vision had gone completely white!
How do you overcome setbacks?
When I have a setback I always question why I'm doing what I'm doing and do I really want to carry on as it's just a hobby. But I always come to the conclusion it's much more than just a hobby; it gives me a purpose to get out of bed in the morning, to be enthusiastic and bubbly as a person and push myself to be the best person I can be. So however big the setback, the benefits of doing triathlon for my physical but most importantly my mental health always outweigh it.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
For me it was the advice I needed before doing the longer distances: I wish someone had told me to heat-train properly and to prioritise nutrition in my race preparation as that was my main downfall last year.
What are your goals?
I want to win an Age Group World Championship as I have been so close on many occasions! I would also like to win a half Ironman overall, not just in my age group (excluding the professionals of course!)
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Watching how the professionals train really excites me and makes me want to get out there and push my body.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
The main reason I wanted to be linked to Sundried is the eco friendly side of the company. When I was in Thailand last year, I was so shocked to see the state of the ocean. There was so much pollution and plastic and since then I have been looking for a way to link myself to a company working to clean up the oceans. My favourite piece of kit would be the stealth cycling tops; they look really professional and are made from really high quality material.