What is the hardest battle you’ve had to overcome through triathlons?
Ha thats a question. The right balance of stress and recovery. We need stress to bring about adaptation. Stress can be your best friend when it comes to pursuing athletic goals, but it can also easily become the worst enemy.
What has been your favourite race to date?
I have enjoyed all my races. I clearly remember every race, the way I was thinking and pain I was going through, but I really enjoyed the Liverpool Olympic Distance Triathlon on 26th of July 2015. It was the distance I prefer and there were GB Elite athletes leading us. They inspired me and I have since chosen to try to qualify in the Age Group GB Team 2017 Championship in Austria.
What are your training goals?
My goals are to make improvements in my performance and be proud of the results. I want to train with Leeds Triathlon Centre and become a top triathlete, raising money for the Education for the Children and HouseHold Cavalry charity, people and children in need.
Talk us through a typical training regime?
I work part time in a Garden centre and as I don’t drive this requires me to cycle there. It’s a steep hill and 3 mile road which I’m doing daily, so it’s a good warm up ride. I also have to cycle to do my food shopping but that’s not training!
My basic training regime at the moment is as follows:
Monday: Strength training am. Swim session pm.
Tuesday: Swimming, stretching and yoga am. Long running with Launceston Runners club.
Wednesday: Active rest morning swim. Bike ride 90 minutes
Thursday: Time Trial ride at 60-70% of my maximum heart rate. MTB ride to work 10 miles to recover
Friday: Swimming am. MTB ride to work 10 miles Running Intervals and pm swim.
Saturday: Strength training am. MTB ride to work 10 miles
Sunday: Long ride 2-3 hours.
I plan all my workouts in advance but change my schedule depending on how I feel and if there is an event or race I’m taking part in.
What do you do for recovery?
More often than not, my recovery will consist of light activity. Lighter intensity training, for a shorter session. The goal of this session is not to build fitness, power, speed, or endurance, rather, it is to move blood around the body to enable the recovery processes to occur and to maximise rejuvenation. But sometimes it is necessary to take a day away from the sport, even if only for a mental or an emotional break, I take those days too.
Quite simply, sleep is the most important piece of recovery. Along with fueling, sleep is the biggest factor in performance recovery that I need. Sleep is when the majority of recovery occurs. I try to get eight or more hours of sleep per night, sometimes if it's not possible then I’ll aim for at least seven hours per night on a regular basis.
What made you decide to race for Education for the Children and HouseHold Cavalry?
I like to help others but am not bless enough financially to do so on my own. I make just enough to train and study as much as possible. I dream of being part of the GB age grouper team and being able to get more support for children of war, the children are our future!
I had a good childhood and wish to help children in need, to give them an opportunity to become whatever they want to be. I work and train hard for them, one day I would like to go and visit the children I’ve helped in their village.
I like to support HCF because the horses are close to my heart and I worked around them since I was 9 years old, I feel happy to support the HCF for the welfare of the serving and retired horses, as the HCF ensuring that their offer the best care for for the horses, supporting injured soldiers who left Afghanistan and their thoughts turn the future, where their need to prepare for not just physical injuries but the long term psychological injuries such as Post Traumatic Disorder.
The HCF provides a vital support role that works to improve all servings and ex members of the Houeshold Cavalry.
Who is your training inspiration?