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Sweaty Betty Meets Two-Time Olympian Michelle Dillon

posted on Tuesday, 29th April 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness
A two-time Olympian, former European Triathlon Champion and winner of the 220 Triathlon Coach of the Year Award 2010, Michelle Dillon is the ultimate authority on all things training. Also the host of our exclusive 'Take On The Triathlon' event, Sweaty Betty caught up with Michelle to find out all on her motivation, personal bests and top training tips.

Meet Michelle...

A hugely successful British triathlete with gold medals gained from prestigious competitions from the London Triathlon to the World Duathlon, Michelle was forced to retire from professional athleticism in 2008 due to a reoccurring back injury. She quickly turned her attention to coaching, founding Team Dillon later that year where she continues to help top athletes reach their potential. 
Training motivations...
As an athlete, it’s important to feel fit and healthy. Each day, I like to set myself little goals which motivate me to train and better myself.
Personal best...
In terms of fitness, I would say my personal best is becoming a Double Olympian and finishing 6th in the Athens Olympics in 2004.


Top triathlon advice...
My advice for both beginners and experienced triathletes is to get the best possible training from a coach, because trying to train alone or without a structured program can lead you astray. Improvements can be made quickly with a mentor or coach.
What to look for in triathlon kit...
It’s important to have comfortable training gear and something you feel good wearing. So always look for a good fit for your shape, something you can move in easily, a breathable material and colour. Sweaty Betty have a fantastic range of products for every shape and age.
Next big challenge...
I am currently coaching a group of elite athletes whom I hope will make the 2016 Olympic Games.

Join Michelle for the 'TAKE ON THE TRIATHLON' event...

Wednesday 7th May at 7:15pm
Sweaty Betty Soho

Find out all you need to know to conquer this year's triathlons as Michelle channels her knowledge and expertise into an hour-long talk with her top training tips, race day advice and more. The event will end with a Q&A session. For details on how to book, click here.

an't make the event? Just use #TriTalk

Wherever you are in the world, it's time to get your triathlon questions answered with Michelle Dillon's live Twitter takeover. 

How does it work?

Think of the one question that's been bothering you all through your triathlon training, then tweet it to us using @sweatybetty and #TriTalk between 1pm and 2pm on Friday 9th May - and before you know it, Michelle's knowing words and advice will be heading back to you through cyberspace. 

Got more than one question? That's fine too...

We'll see you on Twitter.
How To Start
By Sally Day - 1st May 2014
Hi, I have a 13 yr old daughter who thinks she wants to do triathlon. She Belongs to a local athletics club, cross country, 5 k and 1,500 etc. Good swimmer, loves cycling but how to start, is she too young? Any advice much appreciated.
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