Q&A Interview with David Bishop

David Bishop  
David Bishop
Age: 23
Occupation: Professional Triathlete / Part-Time Sales Assistant
Events: Olympic Distance Triathlon / Cross-Country
Achievements: Windsor Triathlon - second place

David Bishop is a professional British Triathlete. He has had a fantastic season already in 2014 with 2nd place finishes at the Windsor Triathlon, the Jenson Button Triathlon and the London Triathlon.

Following in the footsteps of the Brownlees, the Bishop family boasts another professional triathlete in David's twin brother - Tom Bishop.

David regularly races in the domestic British Super Series.

How did you first become interested in athletics?

I first started competing in cross-country races at primary school and at scouts. My parents were fairly decent runners so they were happy to see me compete out side of school, I also swam at a young age and played a bit of football, so I have been interested in sport all my life.

What is your most important training session?

I don’t necessarily have one important session. Triathlon comprises three sports; therefore I have key sessions for each discipline. For swimming we have an open water swim session on Thursdays, this is vital to develop open water swimming skills. On a Monday evening we have a chain-gang / burn up around a race circuit at Prestwold Hall, this is typically followed by 2-3 1k run reps off the bike. For running my key sessions are track on a Tuesday with the main run of the week a tempo to race paced effort around Beacon Country park followed by 1k reps. This is a tough a hilly circuit and we have a good group of guys there to push each other on.


Which athlete do you most admire?

I don’t really have one athlete I idolise. I take inspiration from several athletes… From inside triathlon I really look up to a friend of mine, Will Clarke, I got into the sport as he was a rising star and have always wanted to emulate some of his achievements. There have been so many inspirational athletes in triathlon over the years. I have been lucky enough to train alongside some of these guys, being able to see the effort they put into their training gives me the greatest motivation. Outside of triathlon I look up to Bradley Wiggins and Jenson Button. These guys are gutsy and… Cool. It’s one thing being good at sport but to be a genuinely interesting person is important to me!

Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?

So far my favourite venue that I have competed at was Palamos in Spain, a world cup was held there in 2013. It had a bit of everything. Great town, awesome support and atmosphere, and a sweet course! The weather was also perfect, perhaps a little hot, but I like racing in the heat. I have also been on a training camp in St Moritz, I didn’t race there, but wow, what an incredible place!

What is your favourite?

Book: Harry Potter / Lord of the rings / Anything Bernard Cornwell – Hard to call

Film: Lord of the Rings, but I love all films. Sci-Fi to Rom Com!

TV Show: New girl is a current favourite alongside Game of Thrones

Shameless Plug – Is there anything going on in your life that you would like to mention?

I am currently living my life between my hometown Derby and Loughborough where I studied Geography. The set up there in my eyes is perfect! I work part time in a Retul bike fitting shop – Bespoke Cycles Derby. The support from my key sponsors… Asics, i-ride, Jackpot racing, PowerBar and HUUB enable to live the life I live. I couldn’t do it without the support from my family and girlfriend as well! Pretty content right now. Follow what I am up to on @davidrbishop

Question from previous person to complete Q&A (Steve Way) -
What is your biggest “vice” that as a serious athlete you have to keep under control…. and do you ever fail to control it?

My diet… I have a big sweet tooth! And yes, I fail all the time. Lucky I train enough to allow me to get away with it… Most of the time.

What question would you like to ask our next athlete to complete our Q&A?

If a film were to be made about your life, which actor / actress would you want to play the role of you?

If your next race had to be done in fancy dress, what outfit would you choose?

Spiderman! Easy. I love the Spiderman films and I doubt the outfit would slow me down too much… In fact it could even make a cool design for a trisuit!

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