WE WERE ON a family holiday in Thailand when Mum finished Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography A Life Without Limits and said to me: “Don’t read this because you’ll want to do a triathlon.”
She was right! Back in London, I immediately started training and racing.
I’ve always been sporty and fit despite major health problems as a baby. Aged three, I underwent complex surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to repair a hole in my heart.
After careful monitoring I went on to excel in field hockey at school, university and early work years. But after reading Chrissie’s book I started doing sprint and Olympic races and progressed to age-group events.
I raced the World Duathlon and Triathlon championships in 2013 and became European age‑group champion in 2014.
Stepping up to middle distance, I began to work with coach Mark Pearce and, after a promising season, turned professional in September 2015, managed by my husband Ben.
To get a win and two podiums in my first year as a pro, last year, was incredible.
This year, I have various 70.3s lined up including Dubai, Buenos Aires, and Texas as well as a full Ironman in Arizona in November.
Ultimately, my goals include winning the 70.3 World Championships and racing in Kona. I’m also working on coaching qualifications.
All this, and there is still a hole in the bottom chamber of my heart today. Although it rules out sports like scuba diving it hasn’t impacted on my triathlon career in any way. I still work with the GOSH children’s charity, raising money and awareness of the work they do. kimberleymorrison.co.uk