I don't come from any sporting background, but have always loved mountains and the long days
hiking in summer and skiing in winter. When I moved to London after uni and got a job in the
City, I found myself really missing those long days outdoors exploring and moving my body.
So I bought myself a second hand hybrid bike and cycling became my way to escape. I still remember that first 20km ride - felt so accomplished (and exhausted!) afterwards. With Liv's help I just completed my first Ironman in Frankfurt this summer. Crazy what you can achieve when you start believing in yourself and surround yourself with people who do too.
I'm training for Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2020 which will be my 5th ironman. I don't know how I got talked into doing another one as my favourite distance is 70.3. I signed up with Meraki Movement to help improve my cycling performance and make me a bit more accountable with sessions while I'm away at work. But I've really enjoyed the athlete-coach dynamic if not the FTP testing.
Favourite sport: used to be Track and Field (obviously Combined Events!) but has recently been overtaken by cycling!
Favourite race: Even though it was a disastrous race (i.e. too much pre-race caffeine, hyperventilated, had to breast stroke the swim, last out the lake, got deliberately knocked off my bike, ran in 30C but was measured short!!) the achievement of completing my first middle distance triathlon (The Gauntlet at Cholmondley Castle) in 6 hours still makes me smile!!
On my bucket list: Two on this list - Alpe d'Huez Triathlon and a week long Haute Route cycle race!! (I like my hills!)
Favourite training session: Probably a long cycle (with hills!) or, to prepare for 2020 challenges, a multi-event track session.
Favourite training / race destination: Having been lucky enough to join the University of Birmingham squad in Font Romeu on a couple of occasions, the Pyrenean mountains provide a wonderful venue and backdrop for running and cycling.
I have always loved sport and made a bit of a leap from Lacrosse to Triathlon in 2017... and
safe to say haven’t regretted it! Favourite distance within Triathlon (so far!) is 70.3 given the
balance between pace and ability to get into a rhythm, and most probably because I
absolutely love 70.3 Cascais – great race and fantastic destination for post race recovery.
Ultimate bucket list race however is Patagonman (although tough choice because there is
officially a list!)
I grew up with a life of many sports in Vancouver, but when I moved to London in 2004 I lost this outlet. I started to run casually, but Achilles tendonitis sidelined me. Frustrated by inactivity I decided to start my own bodyweight strength program in a local park. It was a friend’s motto that did it: “You don’t run to get fit. You get fit to run.” I fell in love with this training and soon added HIIT. Eventually some running was added to the mix, then open water swimming. Given I cycled to work daily, a triathlon was calling. In 2018 a friend lent me his bike, helmet and wetsuit for Challenge Almere (middle distance). I enjoyed it, so signed up for Ironman Copenhagen 2019. I surprised myself, finishing in 9h53 (about an hour ahead of my target!). Now with a dream of Kona calling, I’ve joined Team Meraki to focus my training solely for Ironman events in 2020.