- GO GOLD Athlete
- British Triathlon Federation
- Leicester Grammar School
- Achievements from Application:
2nd in the World Biathle Championships part of the modern pentathlon
This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Harborough District Leisure Trust
Over the past three weeks i have been trying to keep fit by walking every day, as i am recovering from an operation which has meant i have not been able to bike or run. Walking every day and doing the odd bit of land training when i can, has helped keep me active instead of being kept up inside doing school work and revising for exams. The past week has been a bit easier as, i have managed to go on a few runs every other day. I, like most others am waiting for the 12th April which will allow me to meet up with my running group again and start swimming.
As we all know it has snowed a lot over the past month. For this reason, the majority of my training has been inside. Most of my bike training has been on the turbo and riding with my mates on Zwift, we can meet up and ride together whilst chatting, this has helped as in lockdown we can't go and see them in person. Despite all the snow and ice on the roads, I have tried to keep my run training outside as must as possible as I believe this is better for you mentally as well as physically.
Keeping fit for swimming has always been a challenge and our daily S&C session help. My swimming coach has also set up a challenge for our club, walk or run around the world in 80 days. this is for a charity to help young people cope with mental health, Young minds.
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As we start the new year we are faced with another lockdown. Getting into a routine as soon as possible helps me get a good ballance of training and school work. Yet again we are out of the pools, so time to focus on cycling and running a bit more. I use this time at home to continue to improve everything I have been working on last year like, S&C and flexibility, and I will continue to improve and I think we all hope of a better year and a chance to compete again.
Last week British Triathlon announced the dates for the Super Series next season. This is something which I am now looking forward too and can now focus on.This has provided me with the extra motivation as, the first race is last weekend of March. I can then use this race to plan out the rest of the year, set goals and targets which I can achieve all year round.
As we are entering the second national lockdown everyone's training has been affected. My running and swimming group can no longer train together so, we are back to doing land base training daily and running on our own. The support and guidance from my coach's through these times keep me motivated as we look forward to racing next year.
In September, I was able to get back with the Academy and train at Cannock Chase. We went mountain biking all-day and stopped off at different locations for food and rest. This was a good experience as it was the first time for me mountain biking in a group. We followed the red run around the park. It was also a good mixture of speed and skill as there was a good variety of long straight slogs up hills and switchback after switchback going up and down hills
Due to resent changes in the lockdown we are now allowed to swim in pools. This has allowed my swimming club to start up again. After so long out of the pool, it is important to ease your way back to normal training and not go straight back to full sessions. Also, over the past couple of week school has started again and fitting new training sessions in with school homework is proving challenging as this is my GCSE year. As the swim session increases and we start to go back to normality I will start to focus on upcoming events.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have participated in two IRD days (Intelligent Race Day) organised by British triathlon. These days are there to help improve our race skills and get used to racing again. The days consist of transition 1 and transition 2 practise, a socially distance TT and a relay at the end. These days have been really beneficial to see where I am compared to my competitors and what I need to improve.
On the 19th June i completed a charity Olympic Triathlon for 'Pets in Therapy'. i completed the triathlon in 2:07:25 (row-1500m, cycle- 40km , run- 10km). i helped my school raise over £22,000 as it was for a school mate who has sadly passed away due to cancer. Tom was a great friend of mine and his pet Maud helped him and his family through these troublesome times. Tom was a true inspiration to me and many other as he wouldn't let this illness get in the way of what he loved.
Since lockdown everyone has been restricted to their homes and only allowed outside to exercise once a day. Now restrictions have been eased and the lakes have opened with social distancing. I am back in the water. I have enjoyed training at Race Hub and getting my feel back for the water. Also, over the past couple of weeks i have enjoyed riding outside more with the good weather and finding new routes.
Training in the last couple of weeks has been far from the norm, as not swimming for a month is not something I am used to. I have been doing lots of S&C with my club and joining video groups with the Triathlon Academy and my running team. I have enjoyed these new experiences and enjoyed learning different ways to train whilst staying indoors. I am staying focus and committed as we now know racing will resume as soon as possible.
Training through lock-down has been incredibly different from the norm. Like the rest of the country, I have not been able to swim for 3 weeks, see any of my friends or coaches. I have been sent circuits to do which have been helping to keep me active and improve strength which is necessary for swimming and running. These have also helped me keep motivated as some of them are on video calls with my training group. Being in lock-down has left me with more time to do cycling and running than before therefore using my one daily activity outside running or cycling.