At the end of 2019, you underwent knee surgery to remove damaged cartilage. Have you recovered from it now and is ready for a great comeback?
The nature of the surgery meant that the recovery process was pretty slow; I had to be very patient especially during the initial few weeks and months when I was in a full leg brace and was’t allowed to bend my knee at all. I’m so fortunate that I had an incredible medical team around me that managed my rehab and got me back on my feet as quick as possible.
I’m now 27 weeks post-surgery and slowly building my training back to where it was before. Pre COVID I was hoping to be back racing by June, but this period if anything, has bought me some extra time to take the come back a little slower and make sure my body is completely ready to take on the rigours of racing and 30 hour training weeks.
Social media has gained significance nowadays, how do you use it to inspire your audience?
I just try to be myself and portray my life as it is. I try to share the good and the bad times, because no one’s life is perfect, and nobody looks perfect all of the time; especially when training or working out. Plus professional sport is tough.
There’s no point sugar coating it. I think people can relate more when you’re honest, and when you show yourself to be human, with normal day to day ups and down just like them and theirs. If people then find inspiration in what I’m doing then that’s brilliant.
Share a few words about the website Womenfitness.net and message for our visitors?
It’s a privilege to be interviewed by such a long running and respected publication. The work that you do to promote Women’s Health and Fitness is brilliant; it’s so important that women have resources that are specific to their needs; after all we are not men. I hope that your readers enjoy the content and that it facilitates and inspires them on their own fitness journey. Happy 21st Anniversary Women Fitness, here’s to another 20 years of championing women.
In 2019 you joined an international group of elite triathletes under coach Joel Filliol. How has this helped you in your preparation for coming competitions?
I got to a point in my career where I needed change. I’d been in my previous setup for 8 years; things had got stale and I’d gotten myself into a rut both mentally and physically. Joining Joel and his squad was exactly the fresh start I needed. It provided me with a renewed energy and love for training and the environment Joel has created was perfect for me.
Training alongside some of the world’s best athletes, including the current Male and Female World Champions, is inspiring but also a great way to learn and develop myself further as an athlete. Joel is an outstanding coach, the results are testimony to that, and I fully trust in his philosophies and wisdom so that we can both get the best out of me. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later, but with no solid races on the horizon just yet, we have to be patient like everyone else.
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