I did swim squad when I was younger and did well at school running events so a family friend suggested I give triathlon a go.
I'm lucky in that I have people working behind the scenes that have my best interests at heart. My coach is open and honest with what he thinks I can achieve, so I work with him in first determining small goals and focusing on the processes I need to achieve now in order to reach my ultimate goals. My parents are also incredibly supportive and encouraging which helps me believe in myself and what I want to achieve.
I don't have one motto so much as variations on a theme. It's basically; go hard or go home. Put everything you have into your goals and you think 'What if?'. Don't waste an opportunity and don't wait for it to come to you. Attack it. Go after what you want and always treat it like it may be your only chance.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Its absolutely beautiful, there's so many different places to train, no distractions. Helps that I always seem to swim well here ;)
1km reps on a running trail. I've always loved this session, it hurts so much but it's worth it.
In the pool, anything with pull buoy, large paddles and band or open water.
4hr solo rides in the cold and rain. There's just no enjoying that.
I honestly don't hate anything I have to do. Some are inconvenient though.
Anything and everything. Seriously I have Shania Twain and Britney Spears mixed in with T-pain and a tiny bit of Skrillex. Basically whatever my brain decides is going to work for the day.
Go over what processes I need to do rather than focusing on an outcome.
Self doubt before a race is always hard to overcome. Usually I just try to focus on myself and what I can control rather than worrying about the uncontrollables.
Control the controllables and focus on the processes rather than the outcome. Such as telling yourself to keep a high elbow and strong catch in the swim rather than just thinking ‘swim faster, swim faster'.
Tiszi World Cup in Hungary or Cremona Conti Cup in Italy. Love those races, although I hear Hamburg WTS is a good one, hopefully get to see for myself later this year!
I'm thinking about the race, going through a checklist in my head making sure I'm warmed up and prepared to race.
The hour leading up to the start. I just want to get going!!
I do, but I don't pay much attention unless it's my coach screaming something out. He usually has something important to say.
Get ready early and have a schedule. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and forget things.
Olympic Gold. Also to have a long standing career, some one like Javier Gomez who is such a hardworking an all round impressive athlete.
Scratching newly painted nail polish off my nails. I never seem to be able to keep nail polish on for long periods of time. Doesn't stop me painting my nails again afterwards each time though.
A cat. No debate there. Cats are so relaxed and graceful yet fierce and independent. I've been told I'm going to end up as a crazy cat lady. I'm hoping they mean in the superhero catwoman sense but somehow I doubt it.
Can I say my parents? I don't think they have much choice though. My boyfriend is probably up there as well, he used to be involved in the sport so understands what I go through and gets excited when I do well.
The worst keep secret ever; I'm absolutely in love with cyclist Mark Cavendish. I've switched the TV off in the middle of sprint finishes or stormed out of the room when he's crashed or something has happened. Half the time I can't even watch him sprint for the finish because I'm that nervous. It's ridiculous. The man can do no wrong.
Living in a million dollar mansion with my super rich husband... or if that doesn't work out then I'll still be racing ITU and maybe starting to make my move into racing Xterra (offroad triathlon). Maybe I should start learning how to ride a mountain bike now!
Well I should riding right now so I better go do that...
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