I ran and swam from a young age but didn't have access to elite training until I went to Loughborough university. Starting there, I learned a lot about what it takes to become a high level athlete. I ventured from triathlon into ultra marathon running for a while - competing successfully in distances of up to 100 miles, and then veered back into triathlon in 2013, where I decided it was 'now or never' to pursue my goal of being a professional athlete.
2014... when we got enough 'clues'. Everybody always said I had a lot of potential but I was probably the last to really see it. You have to believe in yourself in order to commit yourself fully. So I always held something back before then.
Join a club. Experiences are far better when shared with friends, and you’ll learn a lot too. Triathlon has so many facets to it that it can easily become obsessive. It’s important to maintain friendships and relationships outside of the sport and not become one-dimensional. There will be good days and bad. Try not to get too high when it goes well and too low when it doesn’t. The nature of sport is that it’s unpredictable, so go with the flow, and try and learn from every experience. Stick at it! You’ll be amazed how far you come but it takes a bit of time.
I took up the ambassadorial role at PedalSure because I really connected with the people there: I love supporting local companies and it's my job to help put PedalSure on the map. In return, they provide me top level protection: handy when your bikes are worth more than your car!