Have less, Do more, Be more

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Have less, Do more, Be more

I was only only three years old when my dad kick my mum, my sister and me out of the house so my mum took me and my sister up to the mountains far away from our family, my friends and native village.

Every day,  I looked through the window at the mountains and imagine that over those mountains is my family that I should just climb them and be back home. But I couldn’t leave my mum even I was very angry at her so I just have to learn to deal with it.

 

One day, and I remember that day very well. I looked through the window at the mountains and imagine how could I have a different future. It was the moment that made me reach these goals years later.

There is nothing on earth that can motivate you to reach your life goals more than a big dream that you want so badly. If you don’t have a dream right now then quickly take sometime to find one because its going to be fuel that will keep you going until you reach your goals.

Reaching my dream is not easy at all. I had to leave my mum, new friends and my country. I did have to learn to speak another language and was starting from the zero again. Many times I wanted to gave up and go back home but my dream kept me going.

I had real bad days. I went through few depression and that’s where I learned about myself a lot. I was missing my family every day and it was stopping me from reaching my goals so I thought it will be easier to split up with them and keep going. After few years going nowhere because of depression not having the family support and of not being strong enough to win my race or even run faster I have realised that I have to change the way I was thinking! I went to live back in to the mountains because it was reminding me my mum how strong she was and how hard she worked to feed me and my sister even she never show out any emotion.

I started to run the mountains to set my mind in right direction. To find a reason of being here and then  I have visited Birmingham Childrens Hospital and decided to raise some money for the children who are happy for every day even their very sick but can give you the warmest smile you can see!

I have ran 3 Welsh highest mountains and raise £1500 for the children.

It was the one of amazing feelings I ever have. From there  I wanted to help even more but also to reach my dream being an athlete ! So I step into triathlons because I couldn’t swim so it was a challenge for me. I just started to swim most of days and after a while got quiet confidence and started to participate in local races. I was really lucky that I met Mark Allen who supported me with a gear and bike so I could race. I managed to learn little bit about triathlons and gave me a chanceto met Brownlee brothers but firstly to see my family again. Triathlons helping me to be back in game and feel good! I really wanted to improve and race for Great Britain to show them how much I appreciate their help on my journey to reach my childhood dream being an athlete and make my family proud of me, and fundraise money for people and children in needed.

Last year it was my first year that I started to compete in Triathlons and I have managed to qualified in Age Group GB Team Duathlon Championship in 2017.

I started to take my training seriously and not just for fun and to keep fit. I really want to improve and start to winning. So I have many heroes and role models that I look up and I get inspired by them all I couldn’t just pick one person but the list would include my family, friends, training buddies, my coaches and one of my friend who is inspiring me the most who crashed on his motorbike into a tractor and as a result he lost his right arm above the elbow and now he is Paratriathlete and adventure sport enthusiast who raced for Ireland in 5 international competitions and 10th in the world and do swim 750m in around 15 mins with one arm.

So I did achieved one of my goals and you can do it as well. Thanks all British people and friends who I met in my journey and who are supporting and helping me all the way throughout and the biggest thanks to my family to be there for me again!

You just need to get out there be great because you never know who you are inspiring.

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From horse mucker to triathlete racing for charity part 2

I am proud to be on a board with Sundried and happy to answer their question. Read more about my story how I became as an Triathlete.

 

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 and 6-9 mile bike ride pm.

Wednesday: Active rest morning swim. Bike ride 6-9 miles pm.

Thursday: Time Trial ride at 60-70% of my maximum heart rate. Ride to work.

Friday: Swimming am. Ride to work. Running Intervals and pm swim.

Saturday: Strength training am. Ride to work.

Sunday: Time trial long ride.

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?

Firstly the Brownlee brothers, but also an athlete named Hannah Drewett U23 Elite GB team European, who I met a few weeks ago. I had the chance to watch Hannah win the Equalizer Middle Distance 2016 and she has a great character, sense of good will and was even happy to take pictures with me after racing for 5 hours!

 

 

 

Another inspiration of mine is Jack Campbell who I met in the Moorings hotel before he went into the wild. The ex- soldier managed to climb 282 Scottish mountains all over 3000ft in just four month raising £25000 for the Household Cavalry and Parkinson’s UK before deciding to set up life in the wild with 23 others for channel fours Eden, away from the modern world in an isolated community. I like to raise money for his regiment as I had always hoped I would join the military.

One day I would love to train with the Leeds squad or Hannah Drewett and I’d love to meet Jack again and  the Brownlee brothers.

Why work with Sundried?

I’ve chosen to work with Sundried because they are excited about adventure, fitness, the outdoors and inspiring others. Sundried help others to reach their goals and keep them motivated. I’m delighted to be part of the team, representing the brand on my journey and sharing the ethos with other athletes.

What does the future hold for Lucy Scott?

So I have my little life goal list which I’m working my way through and I get a little rush every time I check one of the goals off.

  1. Become a GB Age Group Triathlete.

  2. Win the Olympic Triathlon Distance and ETU Championships.

  3. See my family more often and give them money to enjoy themselves.

  4. Coach online, in triathlons, fitness and nutrition, sharing my outdoor passion and motivating others.

  5. Live in Scotland with my little log cabin in the woodland.

  6. Meet Jack Campbell and the Brownlee Brothers.

  7. Train with Leeds squad.

  8. Fundraise for the children, injured athletes, soldiers and their families.

  9. Hug my nanny with housekeeping and take her for walks.

  10. Take my mum, and auntie and cousin to the big waterfall.

  11. Take my sister and her children for a holiday.

  12. Visit children in Guatemala.

  13. Visit #Eden C4  over the winter

  14. Climb 282 munros to raise money for charity.

  15. Learn to play piano.

  16. Have a swim coach

  17. Have a husky or wolf dog.

  18. Support my native village.

  19. Level 1, 2, 3 UKCC Triathlon Coach.

  20. Run 10km under 40 minutes.

  21. Help others and save lives.

  22. Walk Pacific Crest Trail for charity.

  23. Travel, hiking, wild camping.

  24. Go to Alaska.

  25. Train with marines.

  26. Have Scottish  accent.

  27. Swim sprint race.

  28. Be free

Sundried are proud to have Lucy on board with us, what an inspirational athlete! Her story is phenomenal and we will do everything within our power to support her journey to success, she certainly puts in the effort!

Training and Motivation, Triathlete.

Meta description: Lucy Scott triathlete tells Sundried her journey from horse mucker to triathlete racing for charity.

 

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From cleaning horses to sponsored Triathlete

I was a horse rider for 15 years and I had to cycle to the farm on a big old heavy alloy bike every day. Combined with riding the horses and mucking out their beds, I built up quite a lot of physical strength. I always dreamed of being a professional athlete, but when my parents divorced my mum was tight on money and training is expensive. I worked on the farm to pay for my horse riding lessons and I loved it!

Six years ago I said to myself “I’m going to be an athlete”, so I left Czechoslovakia and started from zero again, coming to England and teaching myself the language.

I was lucky and met lots of nice people who helped me out along the way. Mark Allen, director of Zenith Tax Solutions agreed to sponsor me to do triathlons and provided me with the gear to race, including the TT bike. He also enabled me to race for the charity Education for the Children.

We came to meet in my work place in Shrewley, I was giving a presentation for my Welsh 3 peaks challenge - where I climbed the 3 highest mountains in Wales, and asked him for help with the speech. We raised a total of £1521 for the Birmingham Childrens hospital in 2015. Mark then asked me if I would like to fundraise for Education for the Children and so the challenge was set.

Being someone who is very passionate about outdoor fitness and the mountains, I decided that it was time for a challenge and suggested I do as many triathlons in 2015 as I can for charity. At this point I had never completed a triathlon and couldn’t swim front crawl - not even two lengths!

So 2015 saw me complete 12 triathlons including the Ben Nevis Triathlon, which is said to be the UK’s toughest with a 1.9km loch sea swim, 90km steep cycle and a run up - and down - Ben Nevis. It was a tough challenge.

During the winter of 2015 I got a bad leg injury and had to stop running for 5 months, but I didn’t stop training, instead I spent the winter cycling the highlands.

I have now completed the UKCC Triathlon Coach Level 1 course, which has further developed my knowledge on how to train for success, focusing on improving mobility, power production, strength, injury prevention and enhanced recovery.

How do you find time to balance work and training?

My story is not unlike that of many other age groupers in triathlon. I have to put in the time at my day job to pay for my lifestyle. Add to this the hours of training that I squeeze into every week to fuel my goals and passion for triathlons and there is not much time left. I’ve learned to balance all of the important things in my life and I am making strides in my job and personal relationships. I have chosen to stay single and work part time in order to get to the higher levels and to be a successful age grouper in triathlons. So I have no social life and don’t really see my friends or family. I just stay focused on my training, rest and recovery. And of course studying. It's not hard because I like to have my own space and I don't like going out or being in a relationship. I would like to move forward and be able to to coach online and earn money online to be able to support charity and those in need.

What is the hardest battle you’ve had to overcome through triathlons?

story in the series :)

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Hannah Drewett Elite U23 GB Team

I have been blessed to meet Hannah who was Selected for elite U23 GB team European 2014 and 2015 (Penza U23 European Championships), Banyoles U23 European Championships), British Senior Championships Liverpool 2014 (3rd and 1st in U23), British University Biathlon Championships 2014/2015 (1st), British University standard distance Championships 2015 (2nd), Castle Howard debut middle distance (1st), European Cup (top 8), Bratislava European Cup 2014 (6th), Antalya European Cup (8th), Quarteria European Cup (7th).

I had  a chance to watch when Hannah Drewett pieced together a quite exceptional 5 hrs worth of racing to keep the gap from the boys all the way to the finish line and then managed to win the Equalizer  Middle Distance 2016.

Week after she finished 2nd ( 6 seconds behind 1st) in the Iron Tour six Triathlons in just 5 days.

 

I admire her character, good will and positive outlook on life. I am inspired by Hannah's talent, perseverance, and commitment. 

The road to becoming an  Elite athlete takes a lot hard work, dedication and leadership.

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Jack Campbell "Munro Hunter"

I met Jack once in the Moorings Hotel in 2016 day before he went in the wilderness and I wish I knew what an  amazing and kind fundraiser Jack is!

He managed to climb 282 Scottish mountains all higher than 3000ft in just four months helped to raise more then £25,000 for the Household Cavalry Foundation and Parkinson’s UK.
 – and enjoyed it so much that he’s now trying to survive in a forest on the Ardnamurchan Estate for a year, cut off from the world and using only natural resources. This challenge would  help boost the local economy and planning officials recommended approval. It will bring some jobs and hopefully a tourism boots to a remote and economically fragile are of Lochaber/ Highland/Scotland.

He is an inspiration to me and I wish the best for him and his family.

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Brownlee Brothers

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Brownlee Brothers

the Brownlees provide training tips and secrets - advice from the very best in the world to help to achieve our own very best.

Two skinny brothers from West Yorkshire, became the best triathletes in the world. Olympic champion Alastair and World Champion Jonny are training partners and rivals, pushing each other to new records in swimming, biking and running.

"Hearts thumping. Swim - hats pulled tight goggles lowered. Into a crouch, poised for hooter. Three. Two. One ..."

"Race day isn't the challenging part
it's the reward for the months of hard work while training"

Knowledge and action is the foundational key of all success
"Pablo Picasso"

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