Jessica started out as a dancer but found the sport of triathlon to be too exciting to miss. She talks to Sundried about Ironman racing and motivation as an athlete.
Have you always been into sport?
I grew up as a dancer (ballet, modern, jazz and tap). I then re-found my love for sport a few years later after some weight loss and discovered triathlon.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I loved the idea of triathlon as I couldn’t get bored with 3 different disciplines to train for, also I wanted to race a dentist I was working with at the time!
What’s been your best race to date?
Weymouth 70.3. It was one of the hardest swims and cycles ever (the commentator was calling it ‘wet and wild Weymouth’) but I walked away with an 11 minute personal best.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
Yes, Weymouth 70.3 2017 was my worst race to date. I had picked up numerous self-fixed mechanicals on the bike and got caught up in a crash which unfortunately left me with a DNF. It broke my heart but made me hungry to get back out there and smash it as I had done in 2016.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I have the most amazing people around me, family, friends, coach and PT they all have the best support a girl could wish for.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Listen to your body! You need to appreciate and enjoy rest days.
What are your goals for 2019?
My goal for 2019 is to complete two 70.3 races.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
The Ruinette women's capri leggings in blue are my favourite. They fit amazingly well and don’t fall down or ride up while I'm training.