Mother of Antonia 17, Kirsten 13, Michaela 11 and Alex 8
What was the first thing you thought of this morning? I’ve got to cycle to Jan’s for this interview in the pouring rain!!
What was the last thing you ate? My birthday cake. The interview took place on 29th and my birthday is on 28th May. The cake had 52 candles!
What got you interested in running in the first place? I used to play hockey and my husband, Steve, said I was useless at running so, unbeknown to him, I entered a 10k and it went from there.
How long have you been a member of Matlock AC? 3 years
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? A stunt man
Some stats – PBs: 5k 19.13; 10k 42 mins; half marathon 1 hr. 40 mins; open water sprint tri (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) 1 hour 12 minutes; The Fred Whitton Challenge in the Lake District - 112 mile cycle 9 hrs 45 mins. (The route takes in the Kirkstone, Wrynose and Hardnott passes). Links to Nicky’s experiences of the Fred Whitton:
Do you cross train, if so what other sports do you do? As my main disciplines are duathlons, fell running, triathlons and aquathlons (my favourite being triathlon, then fell running), I swim, cycle (road and off-road) and run. Also some weights and squats at the gym. Definitely no yoga or pilates for me!
Other interests? Renovating our house which is also our B&B keeps me busy. Particularly enjoy doing stuff with the kids, including lake swimming
Tips for juggling family life with training? Get up at 5.30a.m; do all your jobs quickly and never do any ironing! Make every second count. I swim three times per week before the kids are out of bed.
Training tips? I cycle at every opportunity as that is the weaker of the 3 disciplines. When I take one of the kids to, say, the ARC for swim training, I don’t sit and watch but go and do drills in the park. Fortunately we compete in many events at the same venues, so I often get to see them race.
Next challenge? Mountain Mayhem 24 hour mountain bike race, Gatcombe Park, Glos. On 21st June. Doing this as team of 3 ladies; Kate Helmsley is part of my team and Chris Howard also takes part in this event in a different team. I also want to get faster on the bike. Another challenge is the Red Bull Steeplechase at Edale in October. It is a knockout 24 mile run where the bottom quarter of the field are eliminated at each checkpoint. I was pleased to finish 4th last year.
If you could go back in time what era would you choose? The 1960s – much more fun!
What has been your most rewarding challenge? The World Tri in London’s Hyde Park last year. The atmosphere was amazing with people from all over the world, the roads were closed and it was a fantastic experience. I had also competed in an aquathon the day before.
Funniest running moment? It wasn’t funny at the time, but I can see the humour in it now: I was disqualified at the British Tri Championships as I couldn’t get my cycle helmet off in the transition area due to my hands being so cold, so started the run with it on. Eventually got it off and stuck it behind some scaffolding, but was disqualified because it is supposed to be left with the rest of your kit in transition
What is your guilty pleasure? Toblerone
Who/What has been your biggest sporting influence/inspiration? My family and friends. I want to do them proud and also I get massive inspiration knowing that I may have encouraged someone to have a ‘go’.
Favourite film? Cool Runnings – about the Jamaican bobsled team in the winter Olympics of 1988 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Advice for youngsters? Tough it out and go harder when it hurts!!
Do you have any ideas which Matlock AC could incorporate to improve the club? Calm down a bit now and enjoy what we have