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