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Lucy Crookston Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Lucy is on the GB Age Group triathlon team and has competed at a world level. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

I loved sport as a child and did all the sport I could, including hockey, football, dance and athletics. It was the Sydney 2000 Olympics that really ignited my love for sport.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

After many injuries throughout university as a 400m hurdler, I tried triathlon as something a bit different. I loved it and the rest is history.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

Going to Lausanne, Switzerland for the World Triathlon Championships in 2019. It was a stunning location, the sun was shining, and best of all my family were there to support me.

And your proudest achievement?

For me, it's not about results or finishes. My biggest achievement was overcoming major knee surgery last year to make the start line of the World Triathlon Championships just 3 months after surgery. It wasn't about performance that day. The sense of achievement was incredible.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

At my very first triathlon, I forgot my cycling helmet. My poor mum had to drive back to get it and just made it in time. Safe to say I have never made that mistake again!

How do you overcome setbacks?

Remember why we do sport in the first place. Because we love it and enjoy it. So I try to go back to the basics and build from there.

What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

Don't attempt a cycling top or socks in transition. It never works!

What are your goals for 2020?

Hopefully we will get some races towards the end of this year and I'm still hopeful for the World Triathlon Championships 2020 in Edmonton, Canada at the end of August. It's my dream to be top 20.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

The triathlon community as a whole. There are so many amazing people with different backgrounds, holding down jobs, families and still getting out there and training and racing. We all achieve a lot more together.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

I love the values and ethics Sundried have. Promoting healthy lifestyles and having sustainable fashion is important to me too. It has to be the bike kit that's the winner for me. Classy and women's specific is really important.

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