Q&A Interview with Lucy Charles

Lucy Charles  
Lucy Charles
Age: 22
Occupation: Triathlete / Personal Trainer / Triathlon Coach
Events: Ironman / Long Distance Triathlon
Achievements: Ironman 70.3 Under 25 World Champion

Lucy Charles is the Under 25 World Champion at Ironman 70.3. Lucy came from a swimming background, where she represented Great Britain from the age of 17, before turning to triathlon after a shoulder injury. She is a current member of Hoddesdon Triathlon Club.

Lucy is one of the most exciting prospects in long distance triathlon and in her first World Championship event at 70.3 Ironman she swam the second fastest swim split in its history. Lucy competes in the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2015. Look out for her exciting the swim at the front of the pack and if she wins her age group then also look out for her trademark finish line roar!

Lucy Charles is an ActiveTrainingWorld sponsored athlete.


How did you first become interested in athletics?

From as young as I can remember I've always loved watching sport and always been way too competitive. I started swimming when I was eight and at the age of nine I was county Champion. I worked my way up to national level by the age of 12 and was national champion by 16. It was at this time I decided to specialise in long distance and open water swimming, making the GB squad and racing internationally. By the age of 19 my passion for swimming had started to fizzle out and I needed something new and more challenging. It was at this time I decided to enter my first Ironman triathlon, having never competed in a triathlon previously... what could possibly go wrong!

What is your best performance to date?

Becoming the Ironman 70.3 Under 25 World Champion as well as swimming the second fastest ever swim split in the history of 70.3.

What is your most important training session?

Balancing the three disciplines within triathlon means training needs to be very well structured. My key sessions are working on bike power zones and my weekly track session with MarkOneCoaching

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

My next big race is the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. After this I will start to set my goals for next season and make the decision as to whether to take a pro card.

What is the most memorable sporting event you have ever watched

This is a tough one as I have witnessed so many fantastic sporting events. I can't pinpoint one specific event but anything from London 2012!

What is the most impressive/craziest training session you have ever known somebody complete?

One of my most craziest sessions was 100 x 100m on 1min30secs. I swam this set back when I was swimming full time in the 50m outdoor pool at Club La Santa. I have heard another swimmer completed the same set but on Butterfly, I of course stuck to front crawl!


Which athlete do you most admire?

I admire lots of the world's top athletes as to get to the top of your sport you have to extremely dedicated and make huge sacrifices. The athlete I most admire is Lucy Gossage, I think she's got the perfect balance between working hard and enjoying her sport. Plus she has by far the best finish line celebration. See Ironman UK - 2013 & 2015!

Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?

My favourite venue I competed at was the European Senior Open Water Championships in Eilat, Israel. However Zell am See, Ironman 70.3 Worlds may have just topped my favourite venue.

What is your favourite?

Book: I really enjoy ready sport stars autobiographies, my favourite being Chrissie Wellington

Film: Anything Sci Fi, Interstellar, Gravity etc

TV Show: Take me out

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

As well as training as a triathlete and working as a Personal Trainer, my partner and I also have a triathlon coaching business... http://www.pulsefitnesstriathlon.com/

Question from previous person to complete Q&A (David Bishop) -
If a film were to be made about your life, which actor / actress would you want to play the role of you?

Cameron Diaz, I think she's hilarious

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

If you could change one of the disciplines in a triathlon to a completely different sport, which one would you change and to what sport?

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

Probably something so ridulous that would make the triathlon nearly impossible... a sumo suit or a giant apple.

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