Kate discovered her love of sport at university and now juggles being a working mum with her sport. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
Not as a child but after going to university and studying physiotherapy I was surrounded by sporty people and felt inspired to do it myself. I also realised through studying physiotherapy the importance of an active life and wanted to lead by example to my patients.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
It was after having my children that I wanted to have a challenge to strive for. I got into cycling when they were babies as I could go on the turbo trainer with the baby monitor and I used to run with the buggy which was great fun but did get more challenging as they got heavier!
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
It’s got to be the World Championships in Spain this year. I had the opportunity to race for Great Britain in age group duathlon and was lucky to finish as a bronze medallist. An amazing experience racing for your country with some other awesome athletes from all over the world.
And your proudest achievement?
Winning the bronze medal in the ITU World Championships was a pretty proud moment!
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
I did a qualifier for Team GB in Anglian Water in February 2018. I was totally caught out by the cold weather which made it my toughest race ever.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Getting to the start line for any race is the biggest challenge. It’s a fine balance between training, recovery, nutrition, staying well and injury-free and managing work and family life. With that in mind, I’m well aware that setbacks do happen but I like to see them as making my journey even more of a challenge and when you achieve that challenge it’s even more rewarding. Setbacks are common and normal, it’s just about taking them in your stride!
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?
I’ve learnt a lot about structuring my training and how I don’t need to be working at 100% in every session to get the maximum benefit. This has made my training schedules much more achievable and varied to get maximal results.
What are your goals for 2019?
I’ve just ticked off one goal at The World Championships.
I’m also racing at The London Duathlon in September and Bournemouth Half Marathon in October. But one of my main goals is to continue having an awesome time out there.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
There’s so many athletes that inspire me. Those that are mums, juggling life as a mum, working and still smashing it in sport are pretty inspirational to me.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the ethos behind Sundried and the ethical principles. Difficult to pin point a favourite piece of kit as I love it all but if I did have to say one I’d go for the Grand Tournalin Women’s Hoodie. It’s great for winter running but it’s difficult not to wear it everyday as it really does feel like a second skin!