What are your goals for this season?
My main focus is to start trying to qualify for the Ironman World Championships 2016, which will involve me racing an Ironman or two from September onwards, to start accruing points towards qualification.
In the interim, I am looking to better my 2013 ETU Middle Distance Championships result at Challenge Rimini in a few weeks time. Then I am looking forward to racing on home soil at IMUK, at Bolton, and aiming for a strong result there.
You had a lot of success at standard and middle distance racing before stepping up to Ironman – what prompted you to step up to long distance triathlon?
My coach John likes to remind me that I always said I would never do long distance as it looked too crazy!
Once I was able to start working part time, a friend suggested maybe now was a good time to try it, whilst I had a bit more training time available.
Of course, once I did one, I realized it wouldn’t be a one off because you always want to try again and improve. I do still love the shorter distance racing though – fast and furious!
What shoes do you run in?
I have been running in Brooks Pureflows since getting advice from Profeet and they suit me perfectly – light, with a roomy toebox, snug heel cup, and cushioning that is not too firm or squidgy. It has been a long quest trying to find the right shoe, but I think I’ve finally settled for these ones!
I understand you also have insoles in your bike shoes – how do you find that helps you?
I first approached Profeet because I got burning pain in the balls of my feet during middle distance triathlons.
It turns out that how comfy my feet are during the bike section is key to running in comfort. By distributing the pressure through a custom insole in my bike shoe, hot spots and pressure points don’t develop, leaving my feet feeling fresh and ready to run.
Not only that, but the footbeds help make sure I don’t cramp after a sometimes cold swim, and keep my feet that bit warmer.
The stiffness and support then contributes to helping me maximize the power I can get out of each pedal stroke, because my sole is in more complete contact with the shoe, and keeps the ankle, knee and hips aligned.