Triathlons – After stopping rowing at university I wanted to become a better swimmer so I entered a triathlon which forced me to focus on swimming more – I totally fell in love with it and 6 years later I’m still pushing myself to go further and faster.
My 2021 focus was to qualify with GB Triathlon to race at the 2022 Standard Distance World Championships in Abu Dhabi. I’m also aiming to qualify for the 2022 European Championships.
2-3 sessions a day over 6 days a week + 1 recovery day which involves some mobility work and sometimes some active recovery (low intensity).
Swimming, cycling, running – mix of long endurance sessions and short high intensity sessions. This year I’ve focused more on strength and mobility than before to keep myself injury free.
Be consistent. The analogy my coach uses is that training to race is like building a wall – each session is an extra brick towards a strong wall. You can build a perfectly fine wall with a couple of bricks missing but the more you skip, the weaker your wall. What I’ve found though is that skipping one brick leads to another and another etc. Do the sessions you don’t want to do as well as the ones you’re excited for and they’ll all build up to a strong race day wall!
Don’t go it alone – drag some friends along or join a club. My favourite sessions are the lake swims with friends, the long cycles with coffee stops and a chat, the track sessions where everyone around you is pushing themselves to the limits.
I love training outside; getting out of London and cycling out around the Surrey Hills or running along the Thames.
I’ve missed out on my 70.3 distances in 2021 because of COVID travel restrictions or changing dates so I’m really looking forward to getting back to some longer races but I’ll also have my the World Champs over the standard distance and of course looking ahead to qualify again for 2023! Always pushing for more and pushing to break PB’s!
It has to be my World Champs qualification. It’s been such a long block of training through lockdown it was such a relief for it all to pay off.
I get inspiration from so many people – I really enjoy listening to the Paper to Podium podcast and the High Performance podcast and hearing various success stories. Most of all, I’m lucky to be surrounded by friends and family who constantly support and push me.
From Science in Sport, the Beta Fuel has become key to my long sessions and hard racing efforts. Without fail, I always use the Rego Cherry juice in the run up to big races to make sure I’m getting the best possible sleep and recovery. My favourite PhD product has got to be the Smart Bars – a box of those disappears very quickly!
Being surrounded by smart, passionate, driven and hard-working people; it’s the team you want to be a part of.