Eden Elisabeth Backhouse - Athlete Ambassador
Eden is a young triathlete who has represented Great Britain. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always been into sport from a very young age. I started sailing when I was 5 years old, and moved to triathlon when I was 14.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I already swam and ran for a club and was told to start cycle training with some friends to train for a triathlon. Ever since then I’ve never looked back and carried on racing and training up to the level I’m at now.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
European championships in Russia 2019. I placed 5th in my age group and had the most memorable experience out there with my GB team mates. I had an amazing swim coming out 2nd and holding that position until the run. The crowd was amazing and the country was just beautiful.
What is your proudest achievement?
As well as the European championships, I competed in my first senior elite race at Blenheim palace in 2019. It was incredible to just be able to finish the race without being lapped by some incredible world class elite athletes.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
How do you overcome setbacks?
Injuries have been the worst sets backs I’ve had, the most often being shin splints. Over the years, being at Leeds triathlon centre I’ve had some of the best coaches going, who have helped me understand why the injury has re occurred and I’ve been able to learn how to train to avoid them (smart training). I also worked around the injury by compromising using other sports, which is one of the best things about triathlon.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
If you want to make it to the top, you need to start when you're young.
What are your goals?
My goals are:
1. To compete at the world championships in Bermuda in 2021.
2. To get a sub 20 5k in a triathlon.
3. To get into the RAF triathlon team.
Who inspires you?
Being at Leeds triathlon centre I am around the majority of the GB Olympic team and world and European senior elite team. Seeing the determination, work drive and effort they put into every session drives me each day to push to be a better athlete.
Why work with Sundried?
Sundried support their ambassador’s in a way that no other company do. They produce amazing long lasting kit and I have been referred by many friends to buy their products.
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