IN­DIA LEE

The for­mer run­ner only took up triathlon three years ago – but is al­ready dom­i­nat­ing podi­ums on the triathlon scene

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IN­DIA LEE

Age 28 Home Winch­ester Oc­cu­pa­tion GB Triath­lete Ca­reer high­lights Gold at ETU Elite Triathlon Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup 2016; com­pet­ing at the Rio test event 2015; twice win­ner of Blen­heim Palace Triathlon 2016 and 2015. Win­ner at Hever Cas­tle Triathlon 2014

THIS YEAR IS go­ing so well that it’s hard to be­lieve I only took up triathlon three years ago.

With a sports schol­ar­ship to high school, I swam and ran pretty se­ri­ously un­til the age of 14 when I fo­cused solely on run­ning.

Later, a two year schol­ar­ship to race and study for a Masters in Sports Sci­ence at Iowa State Uni­ver­sity was one of the best things ever. But I re­turned at 23 quite tired and a bit burnt out.

While look­ing for some­thing else to do I started cy­cling, which I en­joyed. My run coach, who has coached me since I was 13 agreed that I should try a dif­fer­ent fo­cus and that was triathlon.

With three sports to think about, you’re not ob­sess­ing over one thing and I just got on with it a lot bet­ter. And I loved swim­ming again.

I started rac­ing pretty much straight away with some good re­sults. Af­ter win­ning the Jen­son But­ton Trust Triathlon my re­ac­tion was ‘why didn’t I do this sooner?’

I’ve only been with Team GB since com­ing third at the Euro­pean Cup in Turkey, early last year, and qual­i­fy­ing for the test event in Rio.

Putting on the Team GB tri suit for the first time was pretty cool – and re­ally iconic be­cause GB are so suc­cess­ful at triathlon.

In terms of my abil­ity, the Rio test event was prob­a­bly a year too soon. I was to­tally out of my depth rac­ing at that level (fin­ish­ing 49th) but it was an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity!

Do­ing a cou­ple of World Se­ries races last year, in Stock­holm and Chicago, gave me such mo­ti­va­tion to try and nar­row the gap over the win­ter be­tween me and the other rac­ers. It’s prob­a­bly why I’ve im­proved so much.

Now, I’m aim­ing for Tokyo and have got four years to get ready, but in the fu­ture I can def­i­nitely see my­self mov­ing up to 70.3 dis­tance.

In­dia is spon­sored by Sau­cony and Ar­gon 18. She is coached by Nick An­der­son and her swim coach is Richard Stan­nard. She tweets at @in­dielee4

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