I am excited I can finally introduce you to Alice Tourell!!
After chatting online for the season I finally got to met Alice at the Stoke Elite Race where we both raced. I also got to meet Alice’s faithful training partner Bob the dog who you can see in most of her running Instagram posts. Alicia had an amazing season in 2016 and this Sunday Alice takes on the elites at Blenheim!!
If you follow Miss Tourell on social media you will see she is the sports selfie queen so lets see what she gets up to when not taking fab photos.
So Alice like me most novices athletes get into triathlon because know someone who is already involved or as part of a fitness challenge, What made you get it the sport?
In 2013 I did a team challenge in the Lake District called Race the Sun which involved a 52mile cycle, 3mile kayak and a hike up and down Helvelyn – it took us 11hours and in my mind this meant I could definitely complete an Ironman! I did my first sprint triathlon as part of a five year ironman plan and came 9th in my AG. I loved it so entered a world qualifying race and by some miracle took the 2nd automatic qualification spot. My third triathlon was in Edmonton Canada which was pretty amazing despite having no idea what I was doing!
When did you get that ah ha moment and realise that triathlon was what you wanted to dedicate so much time to.
I think in Edmonton – I loved the atmosphere and the people and the race was just awesome. I was like “Yup! Totally obsessed!”
What’s been the most memorable event you have done and why.
I think European Championships in Lisbon – it was the first time Team Artemis were all at the same event and I loved being there with my favorite Triathlon ladies!
So far what’s been your greatest achievement in the sport.
Getting a silver medal at the British Sprint Tri Champs in 2016, a silver at the National Aquathlon Champs and qualifying to race at The London Tri Elite race (even though I had the worst race ever!)
And to turn it on its head what has been your lowest point.
The end of the 2015 season – I suffered a hip injury in the middle of the World Champs Sprint Tri in Chicago, shuffled across the finish line after dropping about 19 places and then I sat in a paddling pool full of ice sobbing my heart out. Pretty devastating and embarrassing and then I had a wonderful 6months of rehab to get through – it wasn’t great!
Personally, I find training and having a family life a fine balance, how many hours do you train each week and how do you maintain your life balance.
I train between 12- 15hours per week. I’m lucky as I’m self employed so I can work my training around my clients. My life balance just involves my friends and family being immensely supportive of my training and accepting that I will make it to social events, but will probably be in my sports gear still!
I don’t know about you but I find swimming the hardest discipline to master, what’s your Achilles Heel and how do you overcome it.
My worst discipline is probably cycling but I struggle with my motivation the most when it comes to swimming. I have two wonderful swimming coaches from Guildford City Swimming Club who help me with my technique and write my sessions for me – I just trust them completely and tell myself to get on with it! Or I have a strop, call my triathlon coach Jonathan Acott who always calms me down. I give myself 24hours of moaning about it and then pull myself together and get back into the pool!
I know you have some big events planned for the 2017 season, what’s the A race.
The first was the ITU AG Sprint Champs qualifier on the 21st May and then AG European Championships in June. I have also applied to race in The British Super Series which would be an amazing experience – fingers crossed!
Like myself, many of the athletes who will read this are novices or just starting out, what’s your top tip for us novice triathletes?
Make sure you are having fun! Triathlon is tough and at times can be lonely so surround yourself with like-minded, triathlon obsessed maniacs who just make everything more fun. Joining a team or going down to your local open water swimming venue is a great way of meeting new people – us triathletes are a social bunch!
Who is your inspiration in triathlon and why?
I love watching all the elite women, they’re all incredible. I think Jodie Stimpson is a flipping legend and I have so much respect for her determination and grit and I also love how calm and controlled Gwen Jorgensen is when she races. Closer to home I will be biased and say my amazing Artemis Tri teammates – these ladies are all amazing, fitting their training around full time jobs, new babies and general life. They keep me going, help me stay motivated and put up with my ridiculous training strops. They truly are incredible!
Finally, outside of the triathlon bubble what do you do for fun and to relax from the sport
Ummmmmmmm eat a lot? Can eating count as a hobbie?
Dont forget to check in and see how the season is going for Alice and the whole Artemis Triathlon Team