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Meet elite Sweaty Betty Ambassador and pro triathlete Lizzie Currie

posted on Tuesday, 6th January 2015 | find under Fitness
Just when we need some inspiration to make a start on our New Year’s Resolutions, Team GB Triathlete Lizzie Currie joins Sweaty Betty’s growing roster of elite ambassadors to share a few words of wisdom… 

As a professional triathlete, you’re obviously used to setting targets. What’s your personal best as it stands? 
My Olympic distance triathlon PB is 2hrs 08mins, set at the Mallorca Balearic National Championships in May 2014. The currents and the wind were behind me that day. The sun was shining, everything came together and I had the perfect race. 

Now that we’ve officially entered the New Year, what’s your next big goal? 
I’m competing in my first full Ironman in Austria this June – going long for the first time as I’ve only ever completed the half distance before. This will be my biggest challenge to date and I will need lots of new kit to help me through! 

Fitness challenges aside, do you have any other New Year’s Resolutions? 
Wear matching underwear! Because I spend large parts of my year following training plans, I don't need the usual 'more exercise', and chocolate is too good to ever give up. I always like to keep my resolutions positive: silly things like wearing matching underwear can make you feel good, and it doesn’t involve denying yourself anything you enjoy.  

Do you remember the first moment you fell in love with fitness? 
I always loved team sports at school but hated the idea of 'fitness'.  This came later... I put my trainers on and started running eight years ago after the birth of my third child, Eliza. I was 35 and my body was definitely not 'showroom'.  I only managed about 20mins of walking/ jogging down by the river Thames. Running felt so hard but it gave me an excuse to get out of the house and find some time in my head and space in my lungs.

About six weeks later I attempted my first lap of Richmond Park. I have no idea how long it took but it was early in the morning, the sun was just up and the mist hung low over the ferns. The scene took my breath away (or was that the hills?) and I felt so happy to be there. This was the first run I actually enjoyed. I knew then this was more than a passing phase. 

Describe a week in your trainers – how many times are you exercising and what does your training regime look like?    
I am in my off season right now. The legs get a rest from running and cycling and my focus is to strengthen up my body ahead of next season. It’s also my time to address any niggles and injuries I picked up last season. 

I still swim three times a week in swim squads run by my coach, Julian Nagi, at the Park Club in Acton. Swimming is so technical and it's my weakest discipline so I don't want to let this go. I also do two strength sessions in the gym with Ironman superstar and fitness coach Simone Dailey. I still manage to sneak in one long bike ride, too. I cycle with a great group of guys who know the Surrey hills better than Google maps and appreciate the need for coffee and cake. 

If we look inside your gym bag, what are we likely to find?  
A wet swimsuit, heart rate monitor, physio bands and a foam roller.

Are you involved with any wellbeing initiatives outside of your own training?
I coach lacrosse for 8-11 year olds and recently set up a dedicated lacrosse club for teenagers in Chiswick called W4. We train once a week and play in a league at the weekends.  I also run a little netball team, the Ravenscourt Rockets, who play in a Friday night league each week at Rocks Lane. I think it is really important to keep teenage girls exercising.  We need to do more to encourage and inspire this group to keep moving.  

I also fundraise for the Dallaglio Foundation, which uses the inspiration and values of sport to help young people tackle life's challenges. They work really closely with everyone from marginalised kids to those being treated for or recovering from cancer.  It’s an amazing charity and I love raising money for them through the Cycle Slam – a European bike tour which takes place every two years. 

Jacket Spotted!!!!
By Emma Rutherford - 17th January 2015
She's wearing the Ultra Run Jacket!!! Love it!!! :)
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