Autumn 2014: Id never done a triathlon.
Id been a runner, a "plodder" for a few years, Id just taken up cycling after buying my first road bike through the cycle to work scheme and I couldn't swim any stroke except a few lengths of ˜head out of the water" breaststroke. But, I entered my first sprint triathlon, due to take place the following spring in Highley, Shropshire. I placed 2nd female! and I couldn't believe it, I was over the moon, and Id truly been bitten by the triathlon bug!
I continued to do local sprint triathlons through the 2015 season, placing 2nd female again at Much Wenlock and then finally first at Wombourne in September. I decided to step it up to the next level and entered the Olympic distance triathlon at Ellesmere due to take place the following spring. I later found out that Ellesmere was a qualifier race for age group triathlon European Championships, so I registered to try to qualify, what had I got to lose?! I trained, I completed the race, I beat the time I was aiming for, but I didn't automatically qualify. However, there was still a chance of a rolldown place, and later that year, I found out Id got one“ I was going to represent GB for my age group in Kitzbuhel, Austria; excited didn't cover it!
I knew something was missing, Id trained hard but I knew I could be better and this is when I addressed my nutrition. With the help of Danny Robb at the Body Barn in Newport, I lost weight, reduced my body fat, and built muscle and cardiovascular fitness. I knocked 3 and a half minutes off my 10k time and 8 and a half minutes of my half marathon time. I was amazed at the effect that good nutrition could have on my performance in training and racing. I learnt a lot about the food and the supplements that would help me to achieve my goals.
In June 2017 I competed in the European Championships and came 14th. I was so pleased and it was an amazing experience, particularly when I was overtaking other competitors, even the Austrians, stood up in the their pedals on the hills, whilst I sat and span my legs, chipping away at it!
Now I'm looking forward to my 2018 season and I'm going to do my first half Ironman at Staffordshire Ironman 70.3, and I've also qualified for sprint distance triathlon European Championships and standard distance duathlon European Championships.
I'm a massive believer in the idea that anyone can achieve anything they set their mind to with a bit of grit and determination, a positive attitude and by searching for and accepting help, support and advice of those with the knowledge and ability to help us achieve. I cant count the number of people I've received help and support from over the past 3 years!
That's why I'm so excited to go into my 2018 season with the support of Nutrivault. I've learnt the importance of good nutrition, and how supplements can help to support this if used correctly and so the knowledge and support available from Nutrivault is going to be invaluable. However, age group GB athletes don't get any funding, so I'm incredibly grateful to Nutrivault for sponsoring me and helping a local girl continue to follow her dreams and smash her goals!