Katie Ball Triathlete
Katie entered her first triathlon 4 years ago and has been hooked ever since. She tells Sundried about life as a triathlete.
Have you always been into sport?
When I was younger I never really took part in sport, I just did what I had to at school. I took an interest in triathlon 4 years ago and that's when I learnt to swim.
What made you decide to enter triathlon?
It was different from other sports and I had a few friends that were doing it, I never thought I would enjoy it this much.
What’s been your best race to date?
My best race was Holkham Half in July this year, I completed the race the year before and really struggled but this year I finished strong and came 2nd in my age group.
And your proudest achievement?
Qualifying for ITU Rotterdam this year.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
My toughest race was Deva triathlon in June this year. It was my qualifying race for Rotterdam and it really opened my eyes to how tough the competition was. I had a few problems with my bike at Rotterdam but I soon got it sorted and carried on.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Just carry on no matter what!
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Put the hours in and you will achieve more even if you feel like you're never going to be the best there's no harm in pushing yourself. Also fuel right for every session and race.
What are your goals for 2018?
I am aiming to qualify for the ETU middle distance in Ibiza.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Lucy Charles, she's is amazing!
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I love the trisuit but my favourite is the Grand Tournalin hoody!