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