Full-time can­cer doc­tor and Iron­man Wales win­ner Lucy Gos­sage, talks us through her epic year

220 Triathlon Magazine - - 220 AWARDS 2018 -

Q What does win­ning this award mean to you? A Hon­estly, I’m hum­bled to re­ceive this award. I never planned to be­come a pro ath­lete and my whole tri ad­ven­ture has been a bit of a happy ac­ci­dent. To be recog­nised for my achieve­ments in this way is some­thing very spe­cial. Thank you! Q You went back to work part­time in 2016, how are you find­ing the work/train bal­ance? A I’m not go­ing to pre­tend it’s easy on a day-to-day ba­sis, but I’m def­i­nitely hap­pier now I’m work­ing again. I get less time for unadul­ter­ated fun, but over­all my work gives me some bal­ance and per­spec­tive that I strug­gled to find as a full-time ath­lete. I wasn’t good at hav­ing triathlon as my sole fo­cus; it felt a bit self­ish, I got bored and I prob­a­bly ended up train­ing too much. I re­ally love work and I think the good days in triathlon be­come even more spe­cial when you don’t ex­pect them. Plus, I def­i­nitely race bet­ter with no pres­sure and work takes away that pres­sure. It makes me feel like an un­der­dog again. Q Who’s im­pressed you most in tri this year and why? A I re­ally ad­mire Ruth Pur­brook who won her AG in Kona. Ruth is one of the few age-groupers who per­forms at the very top de­spite an ex­tremely de­mand­ing, morethan-full-time job. Q What are your top three tips for as­pir­ing triath­letes with busy work lives? A Firstly, work out why you do triathlon. If the rea­son is good enough, the sac­ri­fices will never feel like sac­ri­fices. Se­condly, keep it fun. It’s a hobby and if you’re not en­joy­ing it you have to ask your­self why you’re do­ing it. Fi­nally don’t try to do too much. I’ve done less train­ing than I ever have this year but I’ve had one of my best sea­sons.

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