Have you always been into sport?
When I was younger I tried every sport I could, from trampolining to football. I swam at a National level for 8 years throughout my teens, the highlights being racing at the 2016 Olympic trials and representing England south west internationally.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I first got into triathlon in 2019, my goal was to finish an Ironman. I told my parents when I was 10 years old that I wanted to do an Ironman - they didn't believe me. 10 years later I wanted to prove them wrong and really challenge myself. I finished Ironman UK 1st in my age group and qualified for the Ironman world champs, safe to say I'm hooked in triathlon now!
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
My favourite race definitely has to be Kona/Ironman world championships in 2019. Pretty hard to beat the views (+swimming with dolphins!) and the scale of the race, plus seeing heroes of the sport racing while also racing the same course is pretty awesome.
What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement would have to be finishing the race at Ironman 70.3 Bolton in September 2021 by overcoming some big setbacks. I'd come out my bike the week before and suffering with a concussion, on antibiotics from a cut I sustained and REALLY low confidence while cycling. I spent the whole day before trying to fix my bike (got it fixed just before transition closed). If anyone knows the bike course, it's very technical, I managed to fight some fears on the descents, dodge a car that nearly took me out and finish 1st in my age group (by 1 hour) and 4th woman overall!
(Just to put it out there that proudest achievements don't have to be your highest ranking races, your circumstances and personal goals can sometimes make you more proud of yourself!)
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
Nothing crazy that stopped me finishing the race, but I found out I am gluten intolerant in the last few miles of the run at Ironman UK, let's just say my tummy wasn't happy with me. It highlighted to me how awesome the volunteers and supporters at races are!
How do you overcome setbacks?
It depends on the setback, but I normally pull myself to one side and have words with myself (tell myself I can do anything I set my mind to and that I'm not a quitter). I also lean on friends and family to ask for help when needed.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Don't wear pants under bib shorts and find friends in your sport.
What are your goals?
My goal is to become AG world champion in either Ironman distance or 70.3 distance (I'm not picky). But also to keep enjoying what I do, if I don't enjoy it then what's the point in it all.
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by my friends and family that believe in me and help me to achieve my goals. I'm also inspired by the achievements of my teammates from Team Orion.
Why work with Sundried?
It's great to work with a UK brand, but also one that supports sustainability practices in its business. Of course the kit being really comfortable, high quality and affordable helps too!
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